Army to resume moving email to the cloud March 17

Friday - 2/17/2012, 8:19pm EST

The Army will restart its enterprise email migrations by March 17.

Mike Krieger, the Army's deputy chief information officer, wrote in a blog post Friday that the Secretary of the Army John McHugh had certified in a report to Congress that the approach is the "best technical and financial interests of the Army, and provides for the maximum amount of competition possible."

The service delivered the report to lawmakers Feb. 16.

Congress mandated the Army pause its email-to-the-cloud migration in the 2012 Defense Authorization bill in order to write a report ensuring the move to the Defense Information Systems Agency's data center makes the most sense.

The congressionally-mandated delay stops new migrations, but lets the Army continue operations and maintenance for the more than 302,000 users already in the cloud.

This was the second time the Army had to pause the move to email in the cloud. In August, the service had to overcome some technical problems.

Krieger also said DoD designated the acquisition of enterprise email services a formal acquisition program on Jan. 25.

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