"When DCAO first started, we were looking to reduce our environmental impact and save money, but as we reduced and modernized the Navy's data centers, we realized our work was actually the first step in the Navy's move to the cloud," said DCAO Director Cmdr.
Designated as the Navy's Data Center Consolidation (DCC) Task Force in fiscal year 2012, DCAO was created to support the Office of Management and Budget's Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative to maximize IT efficiencies, improve IT capabilities and modernize network security by combining legacy Navy data centers.
DCAO worked with Navy commands to reduce the number of applications hosted in data centers.
Through the application rationalization and utilization assessment process, DCAO migrated 185 applications from their legacy location to either a Component Enterprise Data Center (CEDC) or the commercial cloud.
By establishing the Navy's first approved application hosting cost model and associated service catalogs, DCAO developed a "fee for service" approach to application hosting that will be carried into the Navy's future cloud solutions.
As DCAO reduced the number of Navy data centers, computing technology continued to improve and the way industry used it evolved.
"Data Center Consolidation was about changing the Navy's focus from reducing commodity costs to warfighting capabilities," said former DCAO Director Duong Hang.
DCAO has been at the forefront of the Navy's commercial cloud effort since 2014 when it launched cloud migration and hosting pilots.
Additionally, DCAO spearheaded the award of the Navy's first commercial cloud production contract in 2016.
"The Navy's data center consolidation effort is really about getting our Navy applications into modern, secure, cloud-first environments," said John Pope, executive director at Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), and former DCAO director.
Even so, the DCAO Program is valuable because it will help relieve TRICARE beneficiaries of the responsibility and stress that usually typify billing disputes.
Anyone experiencing a TRICARE-related debt problem should take advantage of the DCAO Program.