California-based software developer Nutanix has been chosen by the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to deliver the next-generation enclave, commercial, off-the-shelf technology for the deployable joint command and control (DJC2) programme.

Nutanix will take on the project as a sub-contractor to Crown Point Systems, a US-based IT hardware and software-reselling division of Cypher Analytics.

The deal will make use of the company's hyperconverged computing platform, which combines commodity hardware and software-defined storage mechanisms to merge traditional computing and storage resources into a single source.

Crown Point Systems president Ryan Marovish said: “As the prime contractor, we needed to provide the navy a solution to meet their modernisation requirements, as well as offer the flexibility, reliability and key performance metrics to support a mission-critical programme, such as DJC2.

“We partnered with Nutanix for their solution’s technical capabilities, in addition to the success that other agencies have experienced in terms of modernisation; Nutanix was a clear choice for this opportunity.”

"Nutanix will provide the navy a solution that meets its requirements, as well as offer the flexibility, reliability and key performance metrics to support a mission-critical programme."

The five-year agreement has been signed as part of a firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, with a total maximum value of $28.8m being made available to the Crown Point Systems team.

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Nutanix Federal vice-president Chris Howard said: “As the government continues to focus its efforts on consolidation and optimisation while deploying a more modern infrastructure, agencies need to consider more innovative approaches.

“We are proud to deploy an enterprise cloud platform that integrates self-healing security baselines, data locality capabilities and predictable scalability, as opposed to the traditional legacy three-tiered architecture.”

The current US Navy contract will be used by the DJC2 programme as a way to upgrade, as well as reduce, the hardware footprint of its subsystems.

The programme will also help enhance system performance, reliability, scalability, security and supportability.

DJC2 offers joint task force (JTF) operations for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, drug interdiction, homeland security defence and combatant-command missions, as well as overseas contingency operations.