SPAWAR Helps Fleet Go Virtual
SPAWAR Helps Fleet Go
San Diego, California – (NNS)
– February 13, 2015 – Instructors from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command's (SPAWAR) Reserve Program provided the first of its kind virtualization
training to Sailors, in preparation for receiving the latest information
technology system known as the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES).
Sailors from USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS
Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) graduated with a certificate in
data center virtualization as a VMware vSphere Certified Associate. The
certification helps provide the skills necessary to manage the virtual
environment of CANES once it is installed.
"My experience in the VMware course was a bit overwhelming
the first day. There was a lot of unfamiliar material and I felt like it would
be difficult to master in time for the certification exam by the end of the week.
The training by the instructors, however, was thoroughly planned out and
extremely informative," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ryan
Berckmoes, from USS Pinckney (DDG 91). "I had improved from an 18/50 on the
pre-test we took on Monday to a 41/50 on the post-test on Thursday. When we took
the certification exam on Friday, I tied for the highest score on the exam. I
could not believe how much I had improved."
VMware is a company that specializes in "virtual machine"
software that enables a user to access networked operating systems from a single
or multiple stations. The Navy is moving towards a cloud centric format due to
its ability to reduce the cyber footprint and increase security.
"Ships have limited space for servers and virtualizing the
cyber environment makes sense. We need to train the fleet on how to use software
like VMware. This is an historic event as this is the very first Navy-wide
virtualization training anywhere," said Cmdr. Eric A. Stoeckel, customer
advocate, Naval Air Systems Command Systems, Naval Undersea Warfare Center,
The SPAWAR Reserve Program provides free cyber security
training across the globe. The training teams are made up of reservists who are
attached to the SPAWAR Reserve Program at multiple sites across the country. The
program provides unique military and technical capabilities in support of
SPAWAR's mission, contingency response and resolution of command, control,
communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, issues
that impact current and future fleet readiness.
"With the growing dependence on virtualization, the fleet
really needed additional hands-on experience with this technology. The SPAWAR
Reserves, in collaboration with SPAWAR's Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW
160) and the Fleet Readiness Directorate (FRD), developed this five-day training
event to provide that hands-on training. Navy COOL provides vouchers for the
students to then take their knowledge and get the VCA certification," said
Dennis Stewart, CANES training manager at SPAWAR. "This is a great example of
multiple entities working together to provide the fleet with the tools to help
them manage and operate their networks more effectively."
In a message released to the fleet, the Navy emphasized the
importance and availability of VMware training for ships that have received or
will soon receive CANES. It states that emerging virtualization technology and
the reliance on virtualization within Navy networks has necessitated a need for
VMware training. The FRD, Reserves and SPAWAR PMW 160 have developed a VMware
curriculum that will be offered at various times and locations beginning in the
second quarter of fiscal year 2015.
"The course was excellent and I've already recommended it to
a friend of mine who is an IT on another ship," said Berkmoes. "I'm very
impressed that they were able to teach us so much in so little a time and with
100% success rate."
Commands that will receive a CANES upgrade in the near future
should contact Dennis Stewart at email@example.com to learn more or
As the Navy's Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR
designs, develops and deploys advanced communications and information
capabilities for the warfighter. With nearly 10,000 acquisition professionals
located around the world and close to the fleet, the organization is at the
forefront of research, engineering and support services that provide vital
decision superiority for the warfighter.
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