Networking For Future Awarded $1.1MM Contract with Air Force Services Activity Agency
Recently Networking For Future (NFF) was awarded a $1.1MM product and services contract with the Air Force Services Activity Agency (AFSVA) based out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. This is NFF’s first large US Public Sector win with its partner Riverbed Technology. The contract included 7 Riverbed products, including Riverbed's latest release of SDWAN ready Steelheads, enabling AFSVA to stay on the forefront of network and application delivery and assurance for years to come.
The Air Force Services Activity, or AFSVA, delivers services programs and activities to build and sustain ready and resilient Airmen and families. AFSVA supports the bases, major commands, and air staff by providing technical assistance, new initiatives, developing programs and procedures and managing central support functions. AFSVA ensures successful operation of essential food, fitness, child care, lodging and recreation opportunities for military members and their families.
Disaster Recovery for District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Networking For Future (NFF) is in the final stages of an 8-month project with DC Government’s, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) Agency for Design and Implementation of a Disaster Recovery (DR) Solution. In October of 2016, OCFO contracted NFF to design, implement, and test a DR Solution that would provide OCFO the ability to fail over their critical applications to the DC Government’s Data Center in Virginia.
The project consisted of extensive discovery and design efforts to collect, catalog and provide a workable solution for recovery and continued operations of OCFO’s applications should their primary data center become unavailable. In addition to the design, NFF’s services included a white-glove packing/shipping service for all DR equipment previously located at OCIO’s Waterfront office location. The NFF team provided rack, cabling, and configuration services (to the approved design) for the equipment either relocated or newly purchased as part of the project.
Once the physical implementation was completed, the team then performed several DR failover tests of selected applications, ensuring OCFO’s RPO/RTO SLAs were met and with no impact to any OCIO-managed production system. The NFF team used network virtualization techniques to ensure all systems included in the DR test were restored into an isolated network environment.
The NFF team is currently providing the final stage of the project by performing a DR failback test which will be simulated by replicating backups/data from restored DR systems back to the OCFO Waterfront data center.
Secure Wireless Everywhere
Since 2013, Networking For Future (NFF) has been engaged with The Mitre Corporation (MITRE) for network security and wireless design consulting services. NFF’s recent solution for “Secure Wireless Everywhere” was estimated to save $3.5 million in construction costs by leveraging a new wireless security design. Mitre recently awarded NFF an additional task order to continue providing Cisco ISE and Wireless Network Security Architecture Consulting Services. The new task order award provides for NFF engineers to work directly with MITRE network and security personnel on a project basis, for continued assistance with their wireless network and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) configuration and design to support MITRE’s trusted wired and wireless capability enhancements and goals.
Three-year extension awarded by DC Water
Networking For Future (NFF) was recently awarded a three-year extension of their contract to provide technical consultants to the agency. NFF has been working with DC Water for over 14 years, providing staff augmentation services in a number of different disciplines, including project management; enterprise software development; network administration, engineering and support; technical writing and documentation; and service desk personnel. Over the past decade, many NFF consultants were hired into full-time positions with DC Water, a testament to the quality personnel NFF has provided.
During this last contract extension period, DC Water consolidated the number of vendors that are providing personnel (and IT equipment) to them. When meeting with DC Water’s procurement head after the award, he indicated that the primary reasons that NFF was again selected as a preferred vendor were related to our ability to consistently provide qualified resources at a competitive rate, as well as our commitment to Washington DC as a whole. NFF looks forward to expanding our support of DC Water as their need for qualified technical consultants increases in the coming months and years.
Here you can find more information about the positions we have filled.
Optimizing Secure Access for The Catholic University of America
Networking For Future (NFF) recently completed a Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) project for The Catholic University of America (CUA). CUA purchased new physical ISE appliances to replace their existing virtual ISE nodes supporting network authentication services for both campus Staff and Students. NFF worked with CUA to replace the existing virtual ISE nodes with the newly purchased Cisco ISE hardware appliances using best practices to provide a more robust and optimized experience for network authentication and connectivity to the campus WiFi and network services.
As an outcome of the successful CUA ISE project, Catholic University of America has awarded NFF with new professional services engagements. NFF will be providing engineering services for CUA’s campus network refresh and building switch configuration projects. CUA has engaged NFF to provide the design and transition services of their campus network core switches, wireless controllers, and firewalls to newly purchased equipment. NFF will be working with CUA over the summer to provide optimized network design and migration services for CUA’s DC campus. Secondly, NFF will be assisting CUA over the summer with their Voice over IP migration project by providing full network switch discovery, assessment, and configuration mitigation services. This second effort provides CUA with a baseline network switch configuration using best practices and deploying that standard across all campus switches to enable a successful VoIP migration for the University.