DISA's website offline for 6th straight day

A problem with a data storage system has knocked the Defense Information Systems Agency’s website offline at least since since Nov. 12, in a failure that has also taken some internal services with it.

As of the morning of Nov. 17, DISA’s website was still displaying a message saying the site was temporarily unavailable.

Federal News Radio reported that DISA attributed the failure to a data storage system in one of its 14 Defense Enterprise Computing Centers and said it also affected some services DISA provides to the Defense Department, including training, time and attendance, and file sharing.

DISA restored internal services during the first day after the crash, Fierce Government IT reported, though the website remained unavailable.

"We restored many applications within the first 24 hours, making services available for customers.” DISA spokeswoman Laura Williams said in a statement. "We are restoring many applications each hour and making great progress."

DISA provides IT and communications support to the military, from the president to the combat commands. The agency recently completed a move of its headquarters from Arlington, Va., to Fort Meade, Md., which also is home to the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command.

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Reader Comments

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 KenF (www.kmbl.us) Sacramento, CA

So when DISA comes out to inspect me, I have to have a COOP that addresses how I would deal with this issue. Sounds like either their COOP was a DUD or had never beed tested. Just remember, you cant spell DISAster with out DISA.

Fri, Nov 18, 2011

Sounds suspect to me. "A data storage system in one of its 14 Defense Enterprise Computing Centers" shouldn't bring down an entire enterprise. What are these centers for if not to provide redundancy and failover?

Fri, Nov 18, 2011

And these are the folks telling US how to run our systems?

Fri, Nov 18, 2011

I'd be fired if my services were down this long.

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