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Marine Corps Seeks to Reduce Data Center Footprint With Virtualization System

The U.S. Marine Corps has started to implement an information technology system that works to replace physical servers through the combination of compute and storage functions into a single platform, the Defense Department reported Tuesday.

The Marine Corps Systems Command deployed the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure platform at two base camps in California and North Carolina from November 2016 through January, Monique Randolph wrote.

HCI is a virtualization platform that supports the Organizational Messaging Service that commands use to relay operational and administrative messages with other organizations.

The HCI platform complies with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s security standards and takes up approximately 10 inches of space in a data center.

Andy Collison, an Automated Message Handling System support engineer for OMS, said the installation of the HCI platform has helped the service branch reduce space by 85 percent and that the system uses the “hot-tiering” process to determine the widely used data.

The Marine Corps also realized an 81 percent reduction in power usage and approximately $2 million in cost savings over five years.

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