M-Link, Swift & DISA's Approved Products List
In March 2012 Isode's M-Link XMPP Server and Swift XMPP Client client became the first XMPP products to obtain a place on the US Defense Information Systems Agency's Approved Products List, making Isode the first UK Company to achieve this important certification.
Who are DISA?
The Defense Information Systems Agency (part of the US Department of Defense) provides, operates, and assures command and control, information sharing capabilities, and an enterprise information infrastructure in support of US (and Coalition) operations worldwide. As part of its remit, DISA maintains a catalog of approved IT hardware, software and services for Unified Capabilites, the Approved Products List.
What is the Approved Product's List?
The DoD Unified Capabilities (UC) APL is:
"...a single consolidated list of products that have completed Interoperability (IO) and Information Assurance (IA) certification. Use of the DoD UC APL allows DoD Components to purchase and operate UC systems over all DoD network infrastructures."
IA and IO testing of M-Link and Swift was carried out, over a period of months, at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JIC) facility at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Why is this important?
DISA describes the APL as:
"... the only listing of equipment by DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. DoD components are required to fulfill their system needs by only purchasing APL listed products, providing one of the listed products meets their needs. This means the APL must be consulted prior to purchasing a system or product."
Instant Messaging and Multi-User Chat are an increasingly important communication option for modern armed forces and the APL listing is an important step in expanding M-Link's use by Military and Government departments in the US and further afield.
Where can I find more information?
You can search the APL at the DISA's APLITS (Approved Products List Integrated Tracking System) website, you do not need a DISA account to use APLITS or to download most of the documentation associated with Isode's listing.
You can obtain M-Link and Swift for evaluation purposes by filling in and submitting this evaluation form. Isode allocates considerable resource to support evaluators, so you can be sure that whatever your potential deployment scenario (strategic, tactical, low-bandwidth, etc) we'll be able to help you emulate real world conditions.