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ProjectForge Cloud Computing Available From Department of Defense

DoD On-Demand Cloud Computing Service Leverages CollabNet TeamForge

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CollabNet, on Wednesday, announced that the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), the information systems group for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has placed the ProjectForge component of its Forge.mil initiative into limited operational availability (LOA).

Forge.mil enables collaborative software development and cross-program sharing of software, system components, and services in support of net-centric operations and warfare.

Forge.mil is powered by CollabNet TeamForge, the leading application lifecycle management platform for distributed software development teams, and CollabNet Subversion, the leading version control and software configuration management (SCM) solution for distributed teams.

CollabNet partner Carahsoft, a trusted government IT solutions provider, is sponsoring a live Webcast, "Introduction to ProjectForge.mil," which will provide an overview of ProjectForge.mil and discuss the benefits of using the service. The Webcast will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

The first-launched Forge.mil property was SoftwareForge, a collaborative environment for shared development of open source and DoD community source software. SoftwareForge is currently in Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for unclassified use and has Interim Authority To Operate (IATO) on SIPRNet, the DoD's classified version of the civilian Internet.

ProjectForge is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of SoftwareForge designed to meet the application development needs of private-access projects, supporting both unclassified and classified development efforts. ProjectForge is a fee-for-service capability delivered on demand by DISA Computing Services and hosted in a Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC).

CollabNet TeamForge provides SoftwareForge and ProjectForge users with a wide range of capabilities, including software version control, bug tracking, requirements management, and release packaging, along with collaboration tools, such as wikis, discussion forums, and document repositories. The largest and most successful open source software communities in the world, including java.net, openoffice.org, and tigris.org, also operate on CollabNet's ALM platform.

"Cloud computing is transforming software development as rapidly and radically as it is transforming other aspects of modern business," said Bill Portelli, chief executive officer, CollabNet. "ProjectForge extends DISA's Forge.mil offering, enabling DoD organizations to easily create private secure online portals to collaborate on the development of their software applications on-demand, driving significant time savings and reducing risk with less cost and infrastructure."

Forge.mil is available to the U.S. military, DoD government civilians, and DoD contractors for new and existing projects, enabling the organizations to improve software development efficiency and to drive collaborative dynamics that help deliver better software faster to the warfighter. To register or to host a project on Forge.mil, visit http://www.disa.mil/forge for more information.

DISA expects three more components of Forge.mil to be launched: CertificationForge, which will support agile certification; StandardsForge, which will drive collaborative standards development; and TestForge, which will provide on-demand software testing tools.

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