ILS tapped for USDA Virtualization effort

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2010 – ILS Technologies, a provider of full spectrum IT services, was contracted by Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), teamed with Integral Consulting Services, Inc. (Integral), to provide infrastructure and network management support to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) initiatives.

The ERS is a primary source of economic information and research in the USDA. ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development. The scope of the project is to provide expertise in technical support to design, document, and implement a re-architected ERS server infrastructure through virtualization and storage consolidation, using VMware’s ESX and vSphere products (and ancillaries, as needed) as currently employed in ERS as a base platform.

Under the contract, ILS will provide design, implementation and support of an enterprise level solution to virtualize several servers while providing consolidated storage via three pooled storage area networks. This virtualization implementation will be broken out into three distinct phases. Phase I will be the design of the system and storage architecture. Phase II will be hardware selection and procurement by ERS staff. Phase III will include implementation, validation, documentation, and knowledge transfer. ERS estimates that over 90% of their server footprint will be virtualized with this project.

About ILS: ILS Technologies, LLC is a VA-certified, service-disable veteran-owned, full service information technology consulting firm based in Maryland (with satellite offices in Washington, D.C, Virginia and Missouri). ILS offers ground breaking state-of-the-art and goal oriented technology products and services to the federal government, as well as corporate sector businesses and organizations. From designing and developing engaging rich internet applications and websites, to implementing new technologies, strategies, and optimizing existing network infrastructures to run more efficiently, ILS covers a wide variety of IT service needs.

About ETS: Headquartered in Herndon, VA, Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) is principally engaged in services and solutions focused around design, development, and integration of technology services, business engineering, and program management support. They are at the forefront in applying leading technologies to diverse needs, delivering solutions that are agile, trusted, and business-aligned for optimized performance.

About Integral: Integral Consulting Services, Inc., headquartered Gaithersburg, MD, is a leading provider of Information Technology services, focused toward providing custom solutions to meet client’s objectives and exceed their expectations. Their strength lies in their ability to bring together a highly skilled workforce, latest technology, products and tools, proven development methodology, and matured Project Management discipline to build solutions that meet their customers’ requirements and achieve predictable success for their customers.