By Sheldon Smith, Army News Service
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Army Knowledge Online (AKO), the
U.S. Army's enterprise portal and the world's largest Intranet, is
gearing up to support as many as 2.5 million users by the end of
Implementation of AKO Forward and portal infrastructure
upgrades supporting Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) are part of the
Defense Department's move toward joint net-centricity, designed to
assist warfighters in the military services to function in unison.
AKO/DKO is part of the Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise
Information Systems, known as PEO EIS.
AKO/DKO Forward was launched April 1 to enhance portal
performance for forward-deployed users. AKO Forward was developed by
the Army in partnership with Army Central Command and the U.S. Navy to
improve the reliability and responsiveness of AKO services, and to
provide new information and collaboration tools, officials said. They
said such improvements are accomplished, in part, by caching
frequently-used data to minimize the amount of time needed to process
Hosted by the U.S. Navy in Southwest Asia, AKO Forward also can
alleviate unit costs and responsibilities associated with establishing
and maintaining multiple military mail servers, Web portals and other
Web collaboration tools, officials said.
The AKO portal is the foundation for the Defense Knowledge
Although most aspects of the AKO/DKO upgrade will have huge
implications on the technical side, the average user will only notice
small "look and feel" differences in the function of the
portal. However, the portal should be easier to navigate and provide a
more appealing user interface.