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U.S. Air Force Materiel Command

Lockheed Martin Corp. has won a contract to design and implement SANs with U.S. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) that could be worth up to $70 million in products and services over the course of five years.

The project -- potentially one of the largest SAN implementations ever undertaken -- will span 12 Air Force bases in the United States and is estimated to encompass between 750 terabytes and 1 petabyte of storage in total, according to Lockheed. AFMC provides maintenance, procurement, and logistics support for the U.S. Air Force.

Steve Ahlbin, IT services program manager in the Lockheed Martin Systems Integration division, says the SAN project is part of an overall initiative by AFMC to consolidate their servers.

"A key aspect of server consolidation is centralizing the management of their data," he says, "and the need for disaster recovery drives their interest in SANs even more."

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, based in Manassas, Va., will use Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (NYSE: HPQ) StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) and Enterprise Modular Array (EMA) systems. It also plans to use SAN management software from Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) and Fibre Channel switches from Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD). Lockheed will head up a team of technical consultants from HP and Veritas to survey and design the SANs at each location.

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