Lockheed Martin Space Operations Provides Support For NASA Missions Using VMware Virtualization Software
NASA Contractor Manages Complex Security Requirements In Remote Facilities
Washington, D.C. and Palo Alto, Calif., March 19, 2002 — At FOSE today, VMware, Inc., the leading provider of virtual computing software for industry-standard computers, announced that Lockheed Martin Space Operations has deployed VMware Workstation and GSX Server at its Prairie View A&M Storefront facility.
"VMware offered an effective solution to minimize hardware and infrastructure costs," said Nancy Patterson, engineering director for the Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) at NASA Johnson Space Center. "Not only could we buy fewer machines, we could also minimize physical network connections while managing our complicated security requirements."
Lockheed, as part of the $3 billion+ contract with NASA, is responsible for providing end-to-end space operations support for NASA missions, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, mission operations and planning systems design, development, and integration. To minimize costs, Lockheed has implemented a "Storefront" program to set up facilities on or near selected university campuses where students are hired to perform software engineering and other related work under the supervision of CSOC.
"We had to maintain NASA's high security standards, which required a setup to handle unclassified sensitive and classified activities," said Bill Smith, project engineer at CSOC. "VMware products allowed us to do this and assisted us in getting the Storefront up and running rapidly and in a cost-effective manner."
The Prairie View A&M Storefront, the first of CSOC's Storefront facilities, provides support for the maintenance of approximately 6.5 million lines of code currently being sustained by the CSOC Software Engineering organization in Houston. The Prairie View Storefront facility uses VMware Workstation to run three configurations, each with a different operating system and security setup, on every workstation. To maintain user rights and tools configurations, Lockheed uses VMware GSX Server, software that logically partitions server resources for server consolidation, capacity planning and rapid provisioning.
VMware, Inc. is the leading provider of virtual computing software for industry-standard computers. Through its patent-pending technology, VMware brings virtual computing to distributed systems -- from the desktop to the data center. Enterprise customers use VMware software for server consolidation, workload management and application development, testing and deployment. With more than one million registered users, VMware products include ESX Server, GSX Server and Workstation. VMware was founded in 1998 and is based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.
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