References: FBO.gov (1), DON CIO (2), HP (3), Washington Business Journal (4)
The US Navy has recently issued a draft request for proposal in support of the delivery of Transport Services (TXS) and Enterprise Services (ES) under the Next Generation Enterprise Network program (NGEN). This drat issue is expected to be the final major document release in advance of the final RFP that is planned for December 2011.
The draft request asks for information on end-user communication and collaboration services and thin client and cloud computing.
The Navy had already spent more that $430 million on NGEN. The whole program is expected to cost $50 billion through 2025.
The Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) is the follow-on to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), the US Department of Navy’s current shore-based network and operating environment. NGEN will supply a secure information technology infrastructure for the continental United States and select locations overseas.
NGEN is aimed at delivering information transport services and provide access to core enterprise applications for the warfighter and those who support them. NGEN provides the foundation for the US Department of Navy’s future Naval Networking Environment, which is envisioned to be a fully integrated enterprise-wide networking environment where data and services are ubiquitously available to Department of Navy users.
Enterprice services for the US Department of Navy are currently provided within the framework of the NMCI contract. NMCI consists of more than 660,000 user accounts at more than 300 bases in the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan, making it the largest intranet in the world. NMCI plays a vital role in information sharing, transmitting 3.4 terabytes of data each day and over 100 million email messages per month. NMCI has significantly increased network security; each month NMCI thwarts 1,200 unclassified intrusion attempts, blocks 9 million spam messages, and detects an average of 60 viruses.
Prior to NMCI, the Department of the Navy’s IT infrastructure consisted of stove-piped systems, independently procured and operated by individual commands throughout the world. Organizing and administering these individual systems inhibited connectivity, increased costs, and rendered all information sharing and security practically impossible. Lack of centralized IT management and planning also resulted in significant disparity in technology capabilities among commands in both the Navy and Marine Corps.
The first NMCI contract was awarded to Electronic Data Systems , now HP. Sub-contractors to HP include Apple, Cisco, Dell, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Verizon, and Symantec.
The highest levels of Department of the Navy leadership, including the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, are actively engaged on ensuring a seamless transition from the NMCI environment to the NGEN environment. To accomplish this, the Department is leveraging lessons learned from NMCI and other government and industry organizations that operate large enterprise-wide networks.