Some FCC IT Upgrades Are Delayed
This will come as no surprise to
anyone who has attempted to do a major IT upgrade over a weekend, even a long
weekend. But only some of the FCC’s publicly accessible resources and databases are
back online, missing the original completion target of this morning, Sept. 8. Some will require another 48 hours.
“Our servers left FCC headquarters in
seven moving vans after midnight and arrived safely at the new commercial data
center facility early Friday morning,” commission CIO David Bray wrote
on a blog post today.
“While all the
data and infrastructure arrived intact, upon arrival we discovered the need for
some additional cabling to be done by our commercial partners that took longer
than expected. Unfortunately, this delayed completion of all of the system
upgrades — even with the FCC team working around the clock throughout the
But he said the Electronic Comment
Filing System (ECFS) is now available to the public, while the Electronic Document Management
System (EDMS) was expected to be available yet today.
said other systems should be available by Thursday morning. Those include the Consolidated Database System (CDBS). See the full list at
“With a massive server move of
this scale — even with detailed planning, independent verification, and backup
plans — the opportunity always exists for surprises, especially with legacy IT
systems, nearly 400 program applications and hundreds of servers,”
Bray wrote. He said an FCC team worked “day and night”
over the holiday weekend and that the tasks including moving some 200 legacy
servers from DC headquarters to a commercial service provider.
move to a commercial service provider is intended to help reduce costs, improve
resiliency and allow the FCC to shift legacy applications to the cloud.
The systems that it expects will
be unavailable until 8 a.m. on Thursday, include, among others, the Universal
Licensing System (ULS), the Equipment Authorization System (EAS), the
Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS), the Experimental Licensing System
(ELS), the Consolidated Database System (CDBS), the Licensing and Management
System (LMS), the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS/MyIBFS), the Section 43.62 Online Filing
System, theTower Construction Notification
System (TCNS), the Antenna Structure Registration System (ASR), the Electronic
Section-106 System (E-106), Fee Filer, the Commission Registration System
(CORES), the 911 Reliability Certification System, and the National Broadband
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