Layer-3 Core Redesign

ETN successfully converted to MPLS with Real-Time Services and Unified Capabilities

CHALLENGE: NES provides project management, task order management and engineering support to include: analysis, design, development, lab testing, and integration of new communications technologies on the Enterprise Telecommunications Network (ETN) in support of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) operations. Our project management team has provided planning, direction, and coordination of major enterprise initiatives such as layer-3 core redesign, technology refresh, Domain Name System/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DNS/DHCP) migration, IPv6 deployment, streaming-video, and web-content filtering. In late 2011, our management team recognized the changing landscape of mission requirements and realized a need to redesign the ETN with a focus on Real-Time Services (RTS) and Unified Capabilities (UC).

SOLUTION: Composing a team of highly-skilled and certified network engineers and architects, including three CCIEs and several Juniper certified members, NES successfully converted the ETN to an Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) core network. NES leverages a cutting edge lab environment where our team performs extensive testing on all emerging technologies prior to rollout. For example, the team developed and deployed a solution utilizing MPLS and MP-BGP to provide next-generation network services including L2/L3VPN, Traffic Engineering (TE), IPv6 over MPLS (6PE), Multicast VPN (MVPN), and advanced QoS.

RESULT: NES’ work on the ETN has received accolades from senior DLA leadership and was an honorable mention at the 2011 Government Computing News Awards ceremony. For our efforts, Deputy Director of DLA Information Operations officially recognized the team’s excellence in a letter to Mr. Andy Gomer, CEO of NES Associates:

Migrating to a state-of-the-art protocol transformed the network into an effective and scalable architecture to meet new and future requirements like Voice over Internet Protocol, Video Teleconferencing, Streaming Video, and IPv6 . . . [the team’s] professionalism, dedication, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest tradition of the DoD and reflect distinct credit upon NES Associates.”