TSA looks to cloud providers for disaster recovery
- By Mark Rockwell
- Jun 11, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration is asking
cloud service providers for ideas on how they can support TSA’s Technology
Infrastructure Modernization division's IT system that vets transportation
workers, as well the agency's broader move to virtual services.
The TIM, as it’s called, is a division of the
Mission Essential Services Directorate of the TSA Office of Intelligence &
Analysis. It runs an Oracle Exadata-based system that communicates internally
with other systems at TSA and, according to the Federal IT Investment Dashboard,
externally to other entities, including the Coast Guard, airports and U.S.
ports of entry.
TIM has achieved its initial operating
capability at the Department of Homeland Security's Data Center 1 (DC1) and has
begun evaluating its options for providing disaster recovery capabilities.
In in a request for information posted by TSA on
FedBizOpps June 10, the agency said it wants to find a commercial cloud-based
disaster recovery services provider to back up the TIM in emergencies or
It added, however, that the disaster recovery RFI is
also a way of better understanding a broader range of cloud-based service
options for the agency. It asked respondents to provide not only a disaster
recovery solution, but a separate response that includes their overall cloud
service offerings aimed at federal agencies.
TSA said it wants industry feedback on available commercial
cloud-based services and solutions to achieve IT efficiencies such as reliability,
interoperability, and improvement in secure end-to-end performance.
Mark Rockwell is a staff writer covering acquisition, procurement and homeland security. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.