According to an AFMC news release, the consolidation will “save money, save energy and improve core information technology services such as e-mail.” The move also is necessary, officials added, because more than half of the information technology equipment at the four sites and other remote processing centers is aging and operating past its projected life.
“That increases the risk of catastrophic failure for critical mission support infrastructure and has resulted in an increase in the frequency and duration of service outages,” Laura Ervin-Cook, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., program manager is quoted in the press statement.
How the move might impact workload and jobs at Robins is unclear.
At this point, hardware has been delivered to the Ohio site, installed and tested. The team is waiting for the Air Force Network Integration Center to do core service migration into the AFNet, the press release noted, then operational and acceptance testing will be conducted. Full operational capability is expected within the next year.
The consolidation will eliminate much of the multiple routing that goes on with the current system, speeding service and solving much of the latency and failure rates, officials projected.
“It will also reduce the number of servers, providing a smaller footprint and also improving storage and the speed of transferring data,” Ervin-Cook pointed out. “We are looking at a 50 percent energy and power use reduction.”
Ervin-Cook called the effort a true success story. “For the standard user, hopefully all the changes will be seamless and the only difference they will see is an improvement in their core services,” she said.