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Army Seeking Interoperable Virtualization Storage Tool

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The U.S. Army is seeking industry input as it moves towards awarding a contract for an interoperable virtualization storage product.

The branch released a request for information Thursday for a total storage solution for technology infrastructure used by Defense Department and Army organizations.

The system’s capacity currently stands at 672 terabytes through multiple storage subsystems and the product would have to also account for capacity growth.

The ALTESS’ infrastructure capacity increased more than 800 percent in the last four years, the Army said.

The Army also said it cannot predict what the growth RFI responders should account for.

According to the RFI, the Army wants to be brand-independent to remain in line with its data center consolidation plan.

The desired product would also have to interoperate with current NetApp and IBM storage subsystems, as well as with Microsoft, VMware and Red Hat hosting systems.

The product should additionally be able to communicate with storage subsystems and host computers through a fibre channel at 8 gigabits per second and over an Ethernet connection at 10 gigabits per second.

The Army also wants the product to support 50 storage systems simultaneously and at least 500 connected host computers on either Ethernet or fibre channels.

It should also perform data migration between subsystems without disrupting access to host environment data, perform failure tolerance and perform hot swaps, according to the RFI.

The Army awarded a $249.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for cloud computing services in January to a group of contractors in support of the Army’s program executive office for enterprise information systems.

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