DOD contract renewal nets free portal licenses

DOD contract renewal nets free portal licenses

By Dipka Bhambhani

GCN Staff

MARCH 29—The Defense Department and iPlanet E-commerce Solutions of Bethesda, Md., a developer of Internet infrastructure, are offering Defense and intelligence agencies $7.5 million worth of portal licenses for free.

After Defense on Tuesday renewed a contract with iPlanet to use server software from Netscape Communications Corp., the company offered free portal infrastructure to 300 central processing units and as many as 2 million users, should the agencies want to build customized Web portals. IPlanet was created by an alliance between Sun Microsystems Inc., Netscape and America Online Inc.

Dawn Meyerriecks, chief technology officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, praised the offering. 'What we did was allow anybody to use the iPlanet technology to build a portal without paying license fees,' she said. The regular price per CPU is $25,000.

In 1997, Defense executed a site license worth more than $50 million through the I-CASE contract held by Logicon Inc. of Herndon, Va. The license, which was renewed Tuesday, entitled the department, the CIA and Defense intelligence agencies to use iPlanet Enterprise Web Server, Messaging Server, Directory Server, Certificate Management Server, Netscape Security Services and Collabra Server.

'We licensed the plumbing; You can do anything you want with it,' Meyerriecks said.

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