IBM Selects Logicon to Provide Department of Defense Certification for IBM Servers

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Bethesda, MD - 25 Jul 2001: In a move to enhance its presence in the US Department of Defense market, IBM announced today an agreement with Logicon Inc., a Northrop Grumman company, to bring AIX, the IBM UNIX operating system, into compliance with the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII COE) standards. This will enable, by the end of the year, DoD to use IBM's eServer pSeries and AIX operating system for department operations.

"IBM has a long history of working with the federal government, and DII COE compliance will open up a greatly expanded market opportunity for us in the Defense Department," said Anne Altman, IBM Managing Director for US Federal. "This has been estimated to be a $2 billion a year market, and we're going after our share. We chose Logicon as they wrote the initial DII COE software, and they have been successful in helping other companies gain DII COE certification," Altman said.

The Defense Department implemented DII COE in 1993 to eliminate duplication of defense applications development (in areas such as mapping and department communications) and eliminate design incompatibility among its computer systems. DII COE software allows DoD personnel to operate any server without having to know the computer manufacturer's own underlying individual commands. This makes for a "common operating environment" which improves DoD training while being more cost effective. The Defense Department contracted with Logicon to write the DII COE software and to provide all updates to it.

"We look forward to extending our DII COE compliance expertise to IBM, and in turn, allowing the DoD to reap the benefits of the pSeries system for critical operations," said Glenn Hecton, Logicon DII COE Solutions Manager. "Having been involved in developing the kernel software, as well as much of the certification test criteria, Logicon is the best commercially available resource for original equipment manufacturers pursuing DIE COE compliance."

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