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Booz Allen Hamilton helps DoD reply faster to congressional requests

Fast facts

Industry: IT consulting and services
Region: North America
Headquarters: McLean, VA
Company size: More than 24,000 employees

[The Red Hat solution] has been recognized and positioned as a strong model for the rest of this DoD organization’s infrastructure.

MUNJEET SINGH, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON

Overview

Booz Allen Hamilton, an IT consulting firm, was hired by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to build an elastic IT infrastructure that could support spikes in traffic. Using Red Hat® solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton delivered an agile, flexible architecture that helps the DoD deliver the information decision makers need to evaluate programs and decide which ones to fund.

Booz Allen Hamilton relies on Red Hat

The DoD hired Booz Allen Hamilton to transform its aging, inflexible IT architecture. Using Red Hat solutions, the consulting firm created a private cloud and an elastic, agile infrastructure that saved US$5.1 million through fiscal year 2015.

The path to success

Challenge: Keep up with congressional requests

If you're a government agency seeking financial support, the last thing you want to do is delay a request from your source of funding: Congress. But that's exactly what was happening at the DoD. When congressional staff and other decision makers inundated the DoD with requests for reports to inform program funding decisions, the department's servers couldn't keep up. To find a solution that would improve performance and consolidate systems, the DoD turned to Booz Allen Hamilton.

Case study

Department of Defense saves millions, builds agile private cloud

Solution: Build an automated, elastic infrastructure

Using Red Hat platform and middleware products, Booz Allen Hamilton created a private cloud and an agile, elastic infrastructure for a DoD division that can automatically scale as needed to accommodate changes in traffic. "[The Red Hat solution] has been recognized and positioned as a strong model for the rest of this DoD organization's infrastructure," said Munjeet Singh, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Software & services

Hardware

  • Oracle Sun Fire X4170 and X4640 servers

Results: Make better decisions—faster

The DoD can now provide information as needed to decision makers, who are better able to judge which programs offer the most value to national defense. “[The Red Hat solution is] achieving better response times and delivering a better user experience,” said Cameron Mayer, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. As a result, the DoD has cut licensing, maintenance, and management costs, resulting in savings of US$5.1 million. And better automation has increased productivity, saving more than 3 weeks of development time.

The new Red Hat–based architecture [provides] the flexibility to do things that the organization’s acquisitions businesses wouldn’t have been able to do a few years ago.

CAMERON MAYER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON