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 senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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