Global Enterprise Fabric - Iron Bow

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Global Enterprise Fabric

Data Center consolidation, user demands for enterprise applications, growing application tool-sets for everyday workflow – these efforts demand a new approach to delivering IT to the warfighter. Traditionally, deploying or moving an application has meant building the infrastructure to support it – hardware, software, and support resources. This legacy approach can be slow and lead to more silos as well as added complexity to deliver mission-critical service in real-time the modern warfighter.

The Global Enterprise Fabric (GEF) is a Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) platform that aims to streamline the deployment of applications across the Army with a flexible, scalable solution. It provides:

  • Secure infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform
  • Seamless multi-theater support for organizations and applications and data
  • 24×7 follow-the-sun mission-critical support
  • Compliance with data center consolidation mandates
  • Ability to introduce self-service capabilities

The GEF meets the Department of Defense goals of a secure network and a responsive enterprise as envisioned by the Joint Information Environment (JIE).

GEF works on a similar model as a cloud provider. You pay for what you use, but as it is an Army-built and offered service, organizations are enabled through a simplified acquisition cycle. To utilize the power and flexibility of the GEF, organizations need to:

  • Document the application you want to move to GEF
  • Complete evaluation report from NETCOM
  • Application is moved into GEF lab for testing and integration
  • Onboarding while cost model for the hosting is developed, speeding go-live time

Why GEF?

Realize Cost Savings – GEF is elastic and scalable. Gain financial efficiency through the use of consolidation. When demand changes, scaling resources up or down is easy and can be accomplished within self-service portals.

Easier Management – Computing, storage, and network resources are grouped in the same infrastructure environment to allow for management and reallocation of those resources by demand. Now each application just needs a single application manager for general oversight. Cisco and NetApp have developed Flexpod, a flexible platform that can expand compute and/or storage resources with no disruptions to the services and no increase in the management requirements.  GEF manages all infrastructure in your environment including the capture of key performance indicators such as resource consumption, reporting on installed services, and recording data for comparative baseline analysis leasing to efficient application lifecycle management.

Path to Cloud – Meet data center consolidation goals using GEF, an Army approved modern data center platform that provides a clear path to the cloud.

Why Iron Bow, Cisco and NetApp

Iron Bow, Cisco and NetApp are partnering with NETCOM on the installation and deployment of GEF. Our team can provide the full lifecycle of support including

  • Documentation support to begin the migration to GEF
  • Pre-integration of application, including testing and burn-in before application migrates to the government system
  • Manage deployment with the consolidation of stacks and shipping logistics to new GEF locations
  • On-site stack installation in less than one business day
  • All stacks are preconfigured, color-coded, labeled, and shipped with instructions for simple field deployment
  • Operations and Maintenance of all equipment once deployed
  • Using NetApp ONTAP architecture enables a consistent operating environment across a broad range of storage technologies such as data protection, Continuity of Operations, data-at-rest encryption and security

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GEF was designed by NETCOM for DoD use, meeting the security and reliability needs of any organization while providing a path to the cloud.


Cloud model means you only pay for what you need when you need it, enabling faster scaling to meet mission requirements.


Designed to meet the needs of DoD organizations as they modernize applications and services for today’s warfighter.