The new systems will allow the Marines to begin replacing aging computers while the service awaits the arrival of an updated information technology infrastructure, Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).
NMCI, a $6.9 billion re-engineering project which will create one network for all of the Navy and Marine Corps' shore-based facilities, is due to begin next year. It will replace legacy systems, and slash the number of applications the Marine Corps uses by 90%, to about 400.
As part of the deal, Dell will install the systems on-site, transfer the existing data from the old computers to the new ones, and remove the old systems. The company is also providing 4-hour service for the desktop systems and will repair or replace the notebook systems if they are accidentally damaged.