Glitch takes down DOD’s open source IT collaboration environment

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The Defense Information Systems Agency announced today that a technical glitch forced all of its Forge.mil collaboration and project management sites offline since Sunday, and the agency cannot “reliably predict” when the systems might be back online.

2014_11_Screen-Shot-2014-11-25-at-10.53.13-AMForge.mil is a family of enterprise services, including SoftwareForge, ProjectForge and community collaboration pages that support the Defense Department’s technology community. The Forge.mil service provides for collaborative development and IT project management throughout the full application life cycle and also enables the reuse of open source and DOD community source software.

“On Sunday, 23 Nov, our hosting provider executed an automated script that inadvertently corrupted all Forge.mil systems,” DISA said in an email notification obtained by FedScoop. “We’ve been working with their SysAdmins since then to bring Forge.mil back into service. We were expecting all systems back up Monday afternoon but problems with recovering from our backup systems have prevented that. We continue to work with our hosting provider to escalate issues and apply necessary resources to achieve resolution until all systems are back up and available.”

Forge.mil is designed as an enabler to improve the ability of the DOD to rapidly deliver dependable software, services and systems in support of net-centric operations, according to an official description of the site.

The Forge.mil community is a collaborative content and knowledge management site for Forge.mil users to connect and share information using social collaboration tools, such as group blogs, discussions, wikis, documents and polls.

SoftwareForge enables the collaborative development and distribution of open source software and DOD community source software.

ProjectForge provides the same application life cycle management tools to DOD projects and programs as SoftwareForge but for programs and projects that are not doing DOD community source development and need to restrict access to specific project members.

Once the main Forge.mil server has been restored, DISA said it plans to post a status message for the other sites on that main page.

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