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Huddle sees cloud business flourish with In-Q-Tel backing

12/18/2013

Cloud computing firm Huddle knows the perks of being backed by the CIA’s nonprofit investment arm, In-Q-Tel.

The San Francisco-based company has steadily expanded its U.S. customer base to include the Health and Human Services and Defense departments, following a strategic partnership last year in which In-Q-Tel invested an undisclosed amount of money to develop a version of Huddle’s solution for the intel community (IC).

Huddle also is in talks with IC officials about the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise strategy (ICITE), a five-year effort to standardize IT operations across the IC, said Alastair Mitchell, Huddle’s co-founder and CEO.

“It would be a very natural fit for that program,” he said.

Under its agreement with In-Q-Tel, Huddle has been developing a version of its content collaboration platform for the Homeland Security Department and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Mitchell said, adding that the work was formally launched within the past six months.

Mitchell wouldn’t say how many users at those agencies will have access to Huddle’s collaboration platform. But he did say the capabilities being rolled out are large implementations, as opposed to pilot programs.

For its role in the ICITE strategy, NGA, along with the Defense Intelligence Agency, has stood up the first iteration of the IC desktop, which supports about 2,000 DIA and NGA users, IC Chief Information Officer Al Tarasiuk said in September. That service will be scaled up to support the entire IC, providing standard email services and messaging and collaboration tools for employees to communicate across agencies.

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