iCES Corporation: ‘Systems Thinking’ Approach to Mitigate Defense Operational Challenges

Edward Ghafari, President & CEO
The contracting IT budget in defense landscape is posturing genuine threat in the management of enormous data and cyber-security challenges. Though the market is filled with organizations providing efficient IT solutions for the defense sector, many of them fail in their endeavor due to lack of innovation quotient in their offerings. Known for its unique solutions and prolific experience, Tysons Corner, VA, headquartered iCES Corporation navigates technology space to offer comprehensive range of IT services that delivers operational and economical benefits to defense departments. The company proffers such offerings by embracing creative ways that include—migrating to open source software for cost reduction; adapting open architecture to eliminate vendor dependency; and using open standards to ensure interoperability. “Our holistic approach in executing these concepts enables our customers to gain inherently secure and scalable services,” delineates Edward Ghafari, President and CEO, iCES Corporation.

The company offers web and mobile based conferencing solutions to include the Defense Collaboration Service (DCS) that assists The Executive Department of U.S. Federal Government, Department of Defense (DoD) to communicate synchronously among both Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secure Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNet) networks. This resultantly empowers DoD to flexibly share both classified and unclassified information. The other abilities of DCS include session management, text messaging, application sharing/broadcasting, video transfer, voting/polling, and Instant Messaging (IM). Elaborating on DCS’s inception, Ghafari says, “Our DCS solution was developed as an open source replacement for government’s DCO (Defense Connect Online) which is based on Adobe Connect solution.” Working analogous to Adobe Connect and Cisco WebEx, DCS presents a minute exception that “government gets to control the code and service, and does not pay license fees.” Such authoritative power enables the government to examine the source code and ensure its security and performance. Besides data safety, DCS supports scalability by allowing DoD to add more hardware to the existing systems. Explicating more on solution, Ghafari states, “Our DCS solution can handle more than 10,000 concurrent users running on multiple servers and at multiple sites.”
Apart from its proficiency in open source solutions, iCES provide strategic consultation services in the space of Cyber Defense, Cloud Computing and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C). The company, in this regard, inclusively works with government CIOs, CTOs, and senior executives to help them define their cloud migration and adoption strategies. Once the strategy is prepared, iCES coaches the customers to carry out efficient migration of products and services towards commercial cloud. Alternatively, the company also facilitates to build private cloud infrastructures by using viable products such as VMware, KVM and OpenStack.

Various customers across the globe have leveraged the partnership of iCES to gain significant benefits. For example, DoD, faced a monumental challenge with their document-based IT architecture artifacts as they lacked standard representation and accurate validation. By capitalizing on Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) developed and offered by iCES in partnership with academia for the DoD IT community, the client successfully migrated critical architectural artifacts and its process from Documentbased engineering to Model-based engineering. “Our proficiency in MBSE helped the DoD gain reliable models that can be verified and validated,” acknowledges Ghafari.


Our team of research engineers’ work with academia and government to develop innovative ways for improvising protocols, algorithms and encryption capabilities


Consistent with their cutting-edge strategies, iCES continues to make great strides in the arenas of opensource solutions, and model-based engineering and architecture. With sound knowledge of these areas, the company has started to expand to the commercial and academic markets.

Company
iCES Corporation

Headquarters
Tysons Corner, VA

Management
Edward Ghafari, President & CEO

Description
Leverages its knowledge of cloud, open-source and cyber security systems to offer comprehensive range of solutions and services