100,000 Workstations, One Future: Transforming Australia’s Third Largest IT Network

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One of Australia’s largest IT organizations has partnered with Lockheed Martin to help reduce overhead costs and grow centralized processing capabilities.

The Australian Department of Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG)  manages the third largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network in Australia. Consisting of more than 6,000 servers, three primary data centres and more than 100,000 work stations, the CIOG incorporates the IT and communications infrastructure required to operate a secure, resilient and integrated network for the Australian Department of Defence.

Defence Chief Information Officer, Dr. Peter Lawrence said the Centralised Processing project they are undertaking with Lockheed Martin will consolidate infrastructure and applications, improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of data center delivery.

“The project will deliver a smaller number of more reliable and resilient data centres, from within 280 data centres to 11 domestically and three internationally,” said Lawrence.“It will improve the availability, reliability and security of Defence’s computer processing capability”

Australian Department of Defence CIO Dr. Peter Lawrence and Lockheed Martin EVP Sondra Barbour sign an eight year contract for the provision of centralized processing services. Image courtesy: Jenea Mitchell, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence   Australian Department of Defence CIO Dr. Peter Lawrence and Lockheed Martin EVP Sondra Barbour sign an eight year contract for the provision of centralized processing services. Image courtesy: Jenea Mitchell, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Lockheed Martin’s experience in building and maintaining secure networks and communications infrastructures comes from supporting major mission IT contracts with similar size, scope, and complexity such as related programs for the Australian Tax Office, UK Ministry of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, the corporation recently opened a new node of its cybersecurity intelligence center network in Canberra.

Sondra Barbour, Lockheed Martin executive vice president of Information Systems and Global Solutions, said that the Corporation was honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Australian Department of Defence to transform its centralised processing environment.

“In Australia, we’re developing an increasingly strong footprint in our information systems business. Not only are we applying extensive experience earned from over 20 years as the U.S. Government’s number one information technology provider, we are also leveraging the outstanding knowledge of our growing team here in Australia to further advance our capabilities across the wider corporation.”

“The partnership will deliver Defence with a robust and secure information and communications technology environment, while creating greater efficiencies; simplifying our service provision and speeding up our response to change.”

Lockheed Martin’s teammates include NEC Australia, ASG, Dell, Deloitte, Canberra Data Centres, Cisco, ISI, NetApp, VMware, and EMC.

September 10, 2014

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