From low-cost open-source tech tools to better citizen services, government IT staffs show how creative -- and cost conscious -- they can be.
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Fort Bragg, N.C., "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces," equips, trains, rapidly deploys and sustains full-spectrum forces supporting combatant commanders. The Network Enterprise Center (NEC-FB) provides IT support to these diverse missions and recognized the need to modernize its IT capabilities in anticipation of continued data growth and Army plans to reduce its data center count from 260 to 65.
Working with Northrop Grumman Information Systems, OSC Edge, EMC Corporation, VMware, Cisco Systems and CDW-G, Fort Bragg's data center operation became the first to fully virtualize in line with the Army Data Center Consolidation Plan. The operation now features high-performance unified storage, continuous data replication with multiple recovery points, inline data de-duplication, high-speed backup to disk, and archiving. The unified system is designed to manage physical, virtualized and cloud environments with automated end-to-end recovery processes.
The team's innovative acquisition approach -- evaluating technology without vendors' names -- resulted in a 70% reduction in servers and 1000% increase in storage capacity, according to Fort Bragg officials.
The project team included (front, from left) Robert Johnson, Crystal Hewett, Patti Pirtle; (rear, from left) Robert Wood, Steve Smith, Brett Hershfeild, Gerry Rhiner, Bryan Strauch, Daniel Nestor, James Nious and Rob Underwood.