Support for Kessel Run Cloud Computing and IT Initiative

Octo and Raft will provide the U.S. Air Force with DevSecOps software engineering, Kubernetes infrastructure, and other multi-region platform services as part of the initiative By DA Reporter / 22 Nov 2021
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IT modernization provider Octo, alongside digital consulting firm Raft, has secured a contract to support the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Detachment 12, commonly known as Kessel Run.

Kessel Run is a software development unit that works to transform the U.S. Air Force (USAF) software acquisition process.

The contract will see Octo and Raft provide the USAF with DevSecOps software engineering, Kubernetes infrastructure, and other multi-region platform services as part of Kessel Run’s Cloud Computing and IT Integration (CITI) initiative. 

“We are excited to work with Raft as we continue to provide bleeding-edge technology and unique talent to the U.S. Air Force,” said Octo CEO Mehul Sanghani. 

“The Cloud CITI initiative is designed to support warfighters, and Octo is proud to be part of that effort. Modernization, innovation, and collaboration are keys to success, and we’re pleased to offer all three to this Kessel Run program.”

The contract scope includes developing macro-level architectural solutions to a multi-region hybrid infrastructure and a cross-cutting application and integration architecture, as well as providing data management and analytics architecture services. 

Octo’s senior level engineers will support Kessel Run in modernizing legacy software systems and supporting external Department of Defense (DoD) software initiatives, while participating in a culture of collaboration with the USAF.

The Kessel Run software factory includes members from the Operational Command and Control Users (OpsC2), Wing Command and Control Users (WingC2), and All Domain Common Platform (ADCP) teams who collaborate to leverage industry best practices and products to rapidly deliver capabilities while consistently testing for and eradicating vulnerabilities in a continuous and secure software delivery life cycle. Kessel Run incorporates lean and Agile methodologies combined with continuous integration and continuous delivery.

“Our team’s spirit of innovation combined with deep technical expertise in platform as a service and automation has been a superb match for Kessel Run,” said Sam Stollar, Octo’s General Manager, Intelligence Community and Air Force.

“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with them as we work with our close partner Raft, implementing rapid, secure solutions that support the Air Force’s critical missions.”

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