US Air Force Selects Zenoss for Hybrid IT Monitoring & Analytics

Zenoss, has been awarded the multisite software contract for the United States Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). Under the contract, Zenoss will also provide software and services for extensibility and integration with key technologies including Cisco, VMware, EMC and Windows.

What is the US Air Force DCGS?

Air Force Distributed Common Ground System
The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS) (U.S. Air Force photo) 


The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS), also referred to as the AN/GSQ-272 SENTINEL weapon system, is the Air Force’s primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) planning and direction, collection, processing and exploitation, analysis and dissemination (PCPAD) weapon system.

The weapon system employs a global communications architecture that connects multiple intelligence platforms and sensors.  Airmen assigned to AF DCGS produce actionable intelligence from data collected by a variety of sensors on the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and other ISR platforms.


The Air Force DCGS is currently composed of 27 regionally aligned, globally networked sites. The sites have varying levels of capability and capacity to support the intelligence needs of the warfighter. 

An Air Force DCGS Distributed Ground System (DGS) is capable of robust, multi-intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) activities to include sensor tasking and control.  It can support multiple ISR platforms in multiple theaters of operation simultaneously.

A Distributed Mission Site (DMS) normally has specialized analysis/exploitation capabilities, limited sensor command and control (C2) capabilities, and may be limited to select platforms and/or sensors. 

The Air Force DCGS PED Operations Center (DPOC) and 480th ISR Wing DCGS Operations Center (DOC) provide worldwide command, control, mission management and data dissemination allowing the Air Force DCGS to operate as a federated enterprise to meet worldwide intelligence needs.

DGS and DMS sites are manned by a mixture of active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and coalition partner units working to provide an integrated combat capability.

Air Force DCGS participates in operations throughout the world, including those led by the UN, NATO, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Southern Command.

The Zenoss Hybrid IT Monitoring Platform for the US Air Force DCGS

Greg Stock, Chairman and CEO at Zenoss
Greg Stock, Chairman and CEO at Zenoss

The multiyear contract calls for Zenoss to provide IT service assurance across security echelons. The Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring platform provides complete visibility into cloud, virtual and physical environments for secure federal agencies and public sector organizations.

“The United States military requires the most innovative IT products and services that ensure the highest levels of communication and coordination in support of its missions,” said Greg Stock, Chairman and CEO at Zenoss.

“We are proud to partner with the US Air Force to deliver the most advanced hybrid IT monitoring and analytics solution for the one of the world’s most sophisticated weapon systems.”

(In today’s dynamic IT environment, companies are being overwhelmed by information when trying to monitor their infrastructure through multiple tools. Zenoss offers one unified monitoring platform for traditional, cloud-based, and hybrid infrastructures. Eliminating the need to parse through fragmented data, and allowing IT Operations to provide ongoing performance analysis. Courtesy of Zenoss and YouTube)

Zenoss works with the world’s largest, most secure organizations to ensure their IT services and applications are always on. As the global leader in hybrid IT monitoring and analytics software, Zenoss provides complete visibility for cloud, virtual and physical IT environments.

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Zenoss customers gain IT performance and risk insights into their unique IT ecosystems through real-time analytics that adapt to the ever-evolving data center and cloud, enabling them to eliminate disruptions and accelerate business.

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