GSA completes NOAA Security Operations Center, data tool launch scheduled

NOAA Security Operations Center
GSA recently completed the Security Operations Center in Fairmont, West Virginia.

GSA recently completed the design and construction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Security Operations Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. Working in partnership with NOAA, GSA continues to provide workplace solutions that allow NOAA to focus on their mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The project includes new office space, a private office and an operational support theatre to support the mission needs of the center’s advanced technology.

Four NOAA components operate from the Fairmont facility, with the campus being home to two satellite systems — one provides global coverage by circling the Earth from pole-to-pole and the other provides imagery, atmospheric measurements, and monitors solar activity and space weather. The location also houses three supercomputers able to model and predict the Earth’s climate. NOAA’s cybersecurity team monitors their network and IT systems 24/7 to detect and respond to security events to minimize unplanned disruptions, and maintain NOAA’s data and software integrity.

NOAA Security Operations Center Workspace
New workstations in NOAA’s Security Operations Center.

In conjunction with the Security Operations Center project, GSA also assisted NOAA in purchasing a data center-infrastructure management tool which will provide new software and hardware to manage multiple platforms; scheduled to launch in summer 2020. This tool captures real-time data and forecasts future capacity to allow NOAA to better manage their needs and reduce overall operating costs and energy use.

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Last Reviewed: 2020-05-12