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US Navy

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World (SNW) -- Could SAN technology be a key weapon in the United States' defense strategy? Les Martin, tactical systems engineer for the U.S. Navy thinks so, and he predicts that storage networking will shave over $150 million dollars off the cost of developing ships and weapons by 2009.

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."

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