EDS scales back network centers

Electronic Data Systems Corp. has reduced the number of network operations centers (NOCs) it will install when the Navy Marine Corps Intranet is fully up and running.

The original plans were for NMCI to have six network operations centers, but Rick Rosenburg, EDS' NMCI program executive, said that EDS has determined that NMCI will be able to work efficiently and effectively with fewer NOCs.

The global NOC will be at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. In addition, EDS has recently opened NOCs at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., and at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island in San Diego County, Calif. The fourth center will be constructed at Ford Island in Oahu, Hawaii.

Original plans were to build additional NOCs at Naval Station Bremerton, located near Seattle, and at Florida's Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Those facilities will be transformed into server farms that, if necessary, could be transformed into NOCs, Rosenburg said.

The NOCs provide mission-critical services for the Navy's new EDS-owned network, such as network management and monitoring, help-desk support, user administration and information assurance.

Capt. Chris Christopher, deputy program executive officer for information technology at the Navy Department, noted that NMCI is a contract for a service. Therefore, the Navy does not dictate to EDS how to provide that service but has instead established service levels that EDS must meet. EDS then decides how best to meet those service levels.

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Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

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