On 30 March, the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency signed an €80 million contract with General Dynamics Information Technology for the first phase of NATO’s IT Modernisation programme. The contract also includes options for three future phases, up to a total value of €140 million.
“This contract will fundamentally reshape NATO’s nervous system and allow us to reduce costs. In light of its importance to the Alliance’s cyber posture, it is paramount that the work is executed on time, in scope and in budget. I look forward to our journey to the cloud with General Dynamics IT,” said Koen Gijsbers, NCI Agency General Manager. The contract is part of broader, continuing investment to ensure NATO maintains its technological edge and represents an important step in the wide-scale adoption of cloud computing technologies in NATO.
Among other benefits, IT Modernisation will increase the availability of services, strengthen NATO-wide resilience, enhance information security and increase workforce mobility and agility. The functional scope of the first phase includes delivery of two Data Centres in Belgium and Italy, as well as two geographically separated Service Operations Centres. The Data Centres will be based on a Dell Hyper Converged solution using VxRail technology as the foundation.
General Dynamics IT will also be responsible for the implementation of Enhanced Nodes in the USA, UK, Turkey and Italy and for all the associated integration and transition activity. Enhanced nodes will host computer capabilities supporting applications not deemed to be centralised, increasing resilience and improving user experience. Under subsequent phases, General Dynamics IT will integrate NATO HQ in Brussels as a third Data Centre and implement additional Enhanced and Standard Nodes across Europe. In total, IT Modernisation will deliver to seven sites during the first phase and to 44 sites across the entire programme. The first phase has a very aggressive schedule and is estimated to be completed by September 2018.