Navy moves to reduce LANs under NMCI change

NEW ORLEANS - The Navy has modified its $8.82 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet contract, allowing lead contractor EDS Corp. to begin accepting orders for a variety of enterprisewide application hosting services.

The modification is a Navy effort to eliminate thousands of LANs and legacy servers that are individually managed and controlled, and don't talk to each other.

As the legacy networks are phased out, applications compatible with the NMCI operating system will be moved to the new portal.

The application hosting services include server and network management, security, storage and hardware/software support. Under the app hosting project, applications will be moved to data centers.

"As applications are approved or remediated to comply with department of Defense and Navy security policies, we'll move them from the legacy networks to enterprise hosting facilities," said Capt. Chris Christopher, deputy director for future operations, communications and business initiatives in the NMCI office, in a release handed out at the 2004 NMCI Industry Symposium.

"This will allow us to gradually reduce the number of legacy networks being operated and maintained. This is a pilot in the overall approach to getting enterprise control of our server and application hosting portfolio."

The Navy started off with roughly 100,000 legacy applications. The service currently has between 7,000 to 10,000 legacy apps, Christopher said.

"The application hosting initiative is the first step in enabling the Navy to revolutionize its business practices," added Mike Koehler, EDS enterprise client executive.


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