DISA sets up virtual test labs

DISA sets up virtual test labs

The Defense Information Systems Agency's Western Hemisphere field organization has established several testing laboratories for its users to try out Unix applications before putting them into production.

WestHem manages the Defense Enterprise Computing Centers. The labs can test commercial products, evaluate standard Unix operating environments, and determine interoperability above and beyond normal qualification testing, a DISA spokeswoman said.

The Marine Corps recently tested a system that provides facility maintenance support for Marine bases to make sure there were no production impacts in changing from a distributed architecture to a centralized one, the spokeswoman said.

The labs are a collaboration between DISA and its partner organization, Central Design Activities. Labs are located at the Systems Support Office in Montgomery, Ala.; the Air Force Standard Systems Group, also in Montgomery; the Material Systems Group in Dayton, Ohio; and DISA's Center for Continuity of Operations and Testing in Slidell, La.

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