Pentagon cuts ribbon on consolidated server room

Pentagon cuts ribbon on consolidated server room

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

MARCH 29—Army Col. Robert Kirsch said it was a shift in culture as much as an information technology advance—convincing the armed services to do away with 70 scattered server locations inside the Pentagon and to consolidate them into 16 state-of-the-art rooms.

'It is stepping out of the box,' Kirsch, the project's program manager, said during a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to open the first server room in the renovated and recently opened Wedge 1. The Army and Navy will occupy the first server room. 'It is seeing how business can be done. How we can improve what we're doing.'

The project started with a July 29, 1999, memorandum by the deputy secretary of Defense to establish consolidated server rooms that would provide a conditioned environment supporting all common server needs and a governing body to operate and maintain the rooms. Thus, the Consolidated Computer Facilities Working Group was established to put the memorandum into action, said Margaret Myers, acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense.

Myers said the technology is a 'significant event in IT management' that is 'transforming the Pentagon into a world-class secure infrastructure.'

Arthur Money, Defense Department chief information officer, said consolidating the server rooms would save space, help services and agencies to 'drop parochialism,' and lower operating and maintenance costs.

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