The U.S. Army continues to pursue plans to adopt a private cloud computing setup in an effort to reduce its data centers from 200 to fewer than 20, InformationWeek reports.

The new private cloud project, known as APC2, will be rolled out in two pieces, costing the Army up to $249 million during the five-year length of the contracts.

The Army, like many other organizations across the country, is adopting cloud technology as a way of reducing its costs and becoming more flexible. Running traditional packaged software on desktop computers can be a limiting strategy for companies whose needs are constantly adjusting because of employment changes and new business innovations.

In a statement of work that accompanied the Army’s recent request for proposals, officials wrote “the vision is to provide private cloud computing capabilities in a manner that employs existing, best of breed, commercially available services to ensure rapid migration, easily expandable and adaptable cloud computing services, cost advantages and responsive services that enhance the end-user experience,” InformationWeek relays.

The Army’s deployment of a private cloud is an example of a growing trend toward private setups. In a recent survey, nearly 67 percent of 400 polled IT leaders said they prefer the benefits of a private cloud to those offered by a public system.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19914860-ADNFCR