GTSI completes Prometheus installation for Navy
- By David Hubler
- Nov 29, 2006
GTSI, a government reseller that transitioned into an information technology solutions provider this year, today announced completion of the Navy’s $15 million secure Prometheus system for Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC).
GTSI said Prometheus is designed to defend the Navy’s networks against intrusion and compromise and provide the cyberwarrior with a proactive platform to fight intrusion.
The command was responsible for merging the Navy’s four primary networks – Navy Marine Corps Intranet, One-Net, IT-21, and BUMED -- into a central repository for the collection and analysis of incident data.
GTSI said 18 months ago that the Navy system faced an exponential growth in intrusions. The existing system could not handle an additional 350,000 users and 1.4 billion events a day.
It also became clear that the Navy needed a massive enterprise-level system of high-performance computing, data storage and business intelligence software.
“The Prometheus solution [that] GTSI integrated into NCDOC represents what GTSI has become today – a solution provider capable of bringing together many different sources to provide our customers the solutions that address very specific needs,” said Jim Leto, president and chief executive officer of GTSI, in the statement.
“This was a very challenging but exciting opportunity,” Leto said. “All of us working together were able to overcome the obstacles and not only deliver the system but more importantly, deliver a solution that will serve the Navy’s needs for a long time to come. Prometheus is an example of one of the half-dozen solution areas that we are focusing on going forward.”
“The Navy and NCDOC are very happy with the work that has been done with Prometheus,” said James Granger, the command’s technical director. “It will be the foundation for current and future cyberwar efforts at NCDOC.”
GTSI’s solution included capacity, storage, software, professional services and financing. Service-level agreements were developed for each facet of the work.
The company built the system at its integration facility in Chantilly, Va., while the Navy converted an industrial facility at the Little Creek Naval Air Base, Va., into a “clean space.” Navy personnel worked at GTSI to train on the system and test the software. At the same time, they converted the operations center in Norfolk, Va. Working simultaneously in both places significantly accelerated the Navy’s deployment timetable, GTSI said.
GTSI was the prime contractor and worked with its partners Sun Microsystems, SAS and APC.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.