Navy Reserve moves final network to NMCI

Move will save more than $1 million and boost security

The Navy Reserve on May 17 shut down the Navy Reserve Net, its last legacy computer network, in a move that will save the service $1.2 million.

The closure of the the network means that all applications and services on the legacy network have migrated from the Navy Reserve servers in Ft. Worth, Texas, to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command servers in New Orleans, Navy officials said. Among the applications involved in the move are the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Navy Reserve website, Navy Reserve Readiness Reporting Enterprise and real-time Administration of Reservists.

The Navy now runs those applications on the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), rather than having to maintain a physical network infrastructure in Ft. Worth.

“By not having to maintain the legacy infrastructure we are saving $100,000 each month,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Leachman, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command information assurance officer, said in a Navy release issued the same day. The migration also ensures more secure network activities.

The 10-year-old NMCI is scheduled for shutdown on Sept. 30, with all services planned for migration to NGEN, the Navy's next-generation network.

The Navy Reserve Net was launched in 1994 and operated twelve networks that supported 1,500 workstations, 312 servers and 323 applications, according to the Navy.

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Amber Corrin is a staff writer covering military networks for Defense Systems.

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