General Atomics Wins $22.5 Million DoD Contract for Storage Lifecycle Management (SLM) across Six High Performance Computing Sites


Sep 30, 2009

San Diego, CA, (September 30, 2009) – General Atomics (GA) – General Atomics’ Nirvana® division has been awarded a multi-year, multi-site project by the High Performance Computing Modernization Program Office (HPCMPO) of the US Department of Defense (DoD). Valued at $22.5 million over ten years, the contract calls for implementation and operation of an SLM federation spanning six DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs) throughout the United States. The federation will initially have 29 Petabytes (PB) of data under management including disaster recovery (DR).

The sites include the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL DSRC), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC DSRC), Fairbanks, AK; US Army Research Laboratory (ARL DSRC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC DSRC), Vicksburg, MS; Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (NAVY DSRC), Stennis Space Center, MS; and Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC DSRC), Kihei, Maui, HI.

In support of the DoD HPCMPO, General Atomics will provide server hardware, Oracle-based Metadata catalogs, Nirvana SRB® federating and information lifecycle management (ILM) software, Sun SAM-QFS hierarchical storage management (HSM) software, training, support, and implementation services. The HPCMP contract calls for the purchase and maintenance of commercially-supported SLM software combining ILM and HSM to support the data file management and archival requirements of the DSRCs.

Responsible to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology), the HPCMPO serves the DoD Research and Development and Simulation and Test Communities by providing supercomputer services, high-speed network communications and computational science expertise.

The term of the contract is four-years, valued at $10.1 million, with six one-year options to renew, and was awarded by the General Services Administration in Birmingham, AL. General Atomics will be supported by teammates Sun Microsystems Federal of McLean, VA; Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and its HPC Center of Excellence in Dayton, OH; and Cipher Solutions of Raleigh, NC.

About General Atomics
Founded in 1955, General Atomics, with its affiliated companies (, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems, remotely-operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electronic, wireless and laser technologies. General Atomics’ Nirvana division is located in San Diego, California, and provides advanced data solutions to government, research and industry customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and other countries around the world.

About Computer Sciences Corporation
CSC is a global leader in technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business: Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, VA, CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended July 3, 2009.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops technologies that power the global marketplace. Sun Microsystems Federal brings these solutions to the U.S. Federal government, to establish Sun as the leading provider of mission-critical information solutions and the partner of choice for the U.S. Federal government. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

About Cipher Solutions
Cipher Solutions offers a broad array of security services for Data Security, Storage and Backup Security, Key Management and PKI services, from IT security services for large financial institutions to strategy and designs of security technologies for large networking, storage and security vendors.

For more information:
Nirvana: Jill White, (858) 455-2528,
General Atomics: Doug Fouquet, (858) 455-2173,

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