PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- In a ceremony filled with praise from Hawaii's congressional leadership, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Oahu Network Operations Center (NOC) opened Tuesday.
The Hawaii NOC will manage all network traffic throughout the region, including remote operations and monitoring of all servers and server farms, routers, networks, and the monitoring, prevention, detection, and rapid response to attempts to penetrate network security.
"Our mission is to support the Sailors and ships in the region," said Rear Adm. Robert Conway Jr., Commander Navy Region Hawaii and Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. "NMCI and this facility is one more tool to accomplish that mission."
The facility opened with an initial staff of 75 employees, a number that will increase as the network expands. Ultimately, the facility will employ around 200 people in a variety of information technology jobs.
Located on Ford Island, the center is the Navy's third such facility constructed to support the NMCI. Previous centers have been established in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego. There are four storage silos located in Hawaii. According to Gerry Harvey, Oahu NOC Manager, all the information in the Library of Congress can be stored multiple times on just one such silo.
Harvey elaborated on how the storage in the facility compares with everyday users. The standard home computer can hold approximately 30 gigabytes (GB) of information. One standard tape at the NOC holds 60 GB of information and there are 9,000 tapes in the unclassified storage unit for a total of 240 terabytes (240,000 gigabytes) of storage.
Moving up, all four silos on the island can hold one petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of information. In order to get an idea of that much memory, two petabytes is what it would take to hold all the material in every library in every university across the nation.
The economic impact of the project, which began construction in October 2001, has already pumped millions of dollars into the local Hawaiian economy.
The Navy Marine Corps Intranet is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide initiative that will make the full range of network-based information services available to Sailors and Marines for day-to-day activities and in war.
Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye was present at the opening ceremony. He stressed the importance of the facility in aiding battle readiness for every member of the military.
"In today's war, our men and women must be prepared for the unknown," said Inouye. "They must be computer wise and computer literate. We dedicate this facility in grateful thanks to all of them. We hope and pray that this center will give [them] that edge to continue protecting us."
Congressman Neil Abercrombie echoed Inouye's sentiments and accentuated the unique nature of the facility and its importance.
"This is a public and private partnership that is fundamental and crucial to the U.S. military in carrying out its mission worldwide," he said. "We could not be more proud of you today."
NMCI will give the Navy and Marine Corps secure, universal access to integrated voice, video and data communications, afford pier-side connectivity to Navy vessels in port, and link more than 400,000 desktops across the United States as well as sites in Puerto Rico, Iceland and Cuba. The EDS-led Information Strike Force team unites industry leaders with unduplicated expertise and experience.
Industry team members include: EDS; Raytheon; Cisco, WAM!NET, General Dynamics, Microsoft, Dell, Dolch, Dataline; plus support from scores of small businesses.
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