The efficiency and cost-advantages of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-driven IT consolidation initiatives are clear. Why operate five centers of excellence, when one can serve the entire enterprise?

Too often, however, consolidation efforts move forward in hot pursuit of savings without enough consideration given to the operational resiliency of enterprise services—in terms of security, performance, disaster recovery and continuity of operations (DR/COOP).

At first glance, a Microsoft® Office® SharePoint® Server intranet site running on an unclassified network may not seem mission-critical. For nearly 80,000 users across the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC), however, the application has evolved to become a centralized repository for information and tools essential to performing our mission.

Whether it’s the ability of a flight-line maintainer to read a technical order and access documents for an upgrade to an F-22, coordination of Congressional visits, funding process workflow, or security force training—teams across ACC depend on the SharePoint application to perform administrative and operational tasks. If the site goes down, it affects the entire Command.

As organizations consolidate infrastructure, centralize operations, and make the transition to cloud computing, the requirements for operational resiliency and recovery grow.

Enterprise services require enterprise levels of security, availability, and recoverability. Our information and decision superiority depend on it.

Disclaimer: Mention of particular vendors and technologies does not signify endorsement by the DoD