NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- ONE-NET, the new overseas Navy enterprise network, is in the early stages of replacing most of the Navy's disparate mini-networks from London to Guam.
Similar to the stateside Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), the OCONUS (outside continental United States) Navy Enterprise Network, or ONE-NET for short, will affect more than 41,000 users across three distinct theaters: Europe, Middle East, and the Far East by September 2007, when it is projected to be completed.
"For the Europe and Far East theaters, the cabling and server farms are already in place," according to Eric Markland, a consultant to the Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) on the ONE-NET project. "The two remaining theaters will transition in various stages over the next 12 months. We expect to start refreshing the first one-third of all PCs with brand new workstations in the New Year. We're on a three-year schedule - that is, after three years, every ONE-NET user will have a new PC, then we start over again."
The consolidating of overseas computer networks under one central operations center will increase warfighting effectiveness by ensuring the technology infrastructure is up-to-date all the way to the user and under a single management source. According to Cmdr. Teresa Bandur-Duvall, deputy chief information officer at NETWARCOM, ONE-NET will eliminate redundancy by bringing most overseas shore-based Navy networks together instead of being spread out and managed independently.
"ONE-NET is a more efficient and effective network than what currently exists overseas because all the IT pieces will be in place, rather than having commands deal with all the costs to increase, upgrade, and manage their own software pushes," she said. "Now we'll have one area that does it."
"With ONE-NET, Sailors will be able to log on to a system that is reliable and will have their global address list where they can connect to people in other places," Bandur-Duvall emphasized. "They won't just have information on the people in their area. The whole purpose of ONE-NET is to provide enterprise connectivity and information assurance services to overseas shore based personnel at our major fleet concentration areas."
So far, only Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain has been 100 percent "cut over" to ONE-NET. More than 3,000 "seats" (workstations) have migrated this past year to the new network under the Information Technology Support Center (ITSC) there, counting both the classified and unclassified side. The new enterprise network under ONE-NET now supports 73 tenant commands in the region.
"What ONE-NET gives us is the ability to see just one network," said Lt. Cmdr. Britt Talbert, ITSC director at NSA Bahrain. "For now, a Sailor in Bahrain can transfer to another command in Bahrain and keep his e-mail address and all his profiles, which includes all his mail items. But if he goes back to the United States, out of ONE-NET, he has to start all over with all new profiles and a new e-mail account."
"We have a great opportunity and developed the architecture to get a 'picture' of our network that we didn't have before," noted Bandur-Duvall. "That's the health and security of our network."
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