The engineer, who is based at the Navy's Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) in Wallops Island, Va., told attendees at SNW that he is championing the technology as a way to boost both national security and bring some much needed standardization to his IT infrastructure.
"When I first suggested the use of a SAN to solve this problem -- I was the only one that saw this issue coming," he explained during a presentation yesterday.
Prior to 2001, when Martin hatched his plan, the SCSC, along with its partner research site in Dahlgren, Va., relied on a direct attached storage infrastructure containing a bewildering array of hard drives, many of which were fast becoming obsolete.
"To me, it was shocking," explained Martin, using the example of a 9-Gbyte drive technology that was no longer available. There was even a suspicion, according to the exec, that the overseas suppliers of the 9-Gbyte drives "were controlled by interests that were not in the best interests of national security."