No more working on the WAN
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Feb 20, 2000
One major accomplishment during the first year of NASA's 10-year outsourcing
plan was turning over its wide-area network to a private contractor. As
prime contractor on the Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC), Lockheed
Martin Corp. awarded in January 1999 a $453 million contract to Wang Government
Services to provide NASA's WAN services. The network handles data distribution
services for all crewed, Earth- orbiting and deep-space missions.
The project, which consolidated networks used by four of NASA's strategic
enterprises, is saving more than expected, said Doug Tighe, CSOC program
manager for Lockheed Martin Space Operations. A specific amount wasn't available.
Wang replaced the Asynchronous Transfer Mode switches at 13 network
locations throughout NASA with new Carrier Class ATM switches. Other plans
involve eliminating dedicated and redundant circuits in favor of a common
backbone for the agency.