DISA chooses Hewlett-Packard for GCDS contract to deliver military Internet content

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., 27 April 2015. U.S. military information technology (IT) specialists needed a company to deliver digital content and cyber security over the Defense Information System Network (DISN). They found their solution from Hewlett-Packard Co. in Herndon, Va.

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., 27 April 2015. U.S. military information technology (IT) specialists needed a company to deliver digital content and cyber security over the Defense Information System Network (DISN). They found their solution from Hewlett-Packard Co. in Herndon, Va.

Officials of the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., announced a potential $469 million contract Friday to Hewlett-Packard for the Global Content Delivery Services (GCDS).

The DISN is the U.S. Department of Defense enterprise network for providing data, video, and voice services like video teleconferencing, electronic whiteboarding, and distributed warfighting simulations.

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization is awarding the contract to Hewlett-Packard on behalf of the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Fort Meade, Md.

This GCDS program capitalizes on commercial Internet technology and best practices to deliver U.S. Department of Defense Web content and applications across the Nonsecure Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network (NIPRNet), Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), and CENTRIX-ISAF (CX-I).

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The GCDS enables users of the Defense Information System Network to perform tasks ranging from downloading security patches, checking email, viewing information portals, supporting decision making, and analyzing geospatial data dynamically.

The GCDS is a global platform of hundreds of military servers that helps the DISN deliver rich, dynamic, and interactive content, transactions, and applications. The GCDS detects and avoids DISN problem spots and vulnerabilities to deliver mission-critical software downloads, and ensure that software applications perform reliably.

Users of the GCDS include Web-based applications and video streams; users on the NIPRNet, SIPRNet, and CX-I; those who need speed and reliability; commanders who need actionable information; and network operators need to scale on-demand for peak loads during expected and unexpected events.

The GCDS helps improve delivery of mission content to warfighters globally; provides capacity on-demand to meet peak loads without added IT infrastructure; enhance user experience and minimize response times; reduce infrastructure costs while meeting mission requirements; and provide service and support from commercial and government experts.

With options, the GCDS contract to Hewlett-Packard could extend until June 2021. For more information contact Hewlett-Packard online at www.hp.com, or DISA at www.disa.mil.

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