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Grafenwöhr Area Processing Center chief Bill Kunz works on one of 150 servers at the new facility on Monday.
Grafenwöhr Area Processing Center chief Bill Kunz works on one of 150 servers at the new facility on Monday. (Seth Robson / S&S)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The 5th Signal Command has opened a massive server hub here that will be able to support 75,000 military computers all over Germany.

The hub, known as an Area Processing Center, opened Friday and will routinely process data from 25,000 computers at bases in Bavaria, Grafenwöhr APC chief Bill Kunz said Monday.

“This is digital firepower,” said Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, Commander, Joint Multinational Training Command, in a news statement issued by 5th Signal Command. “People pass by this building without realizing that, in terms of space, it is possibly the most powerful area in Grafenwöhr.”

Area Processing Centers are server-consolidation facilities for file storage, e-mail accounts and Internet access. The centers increase network security, bandwidth, reliability and efficiency of services provided, while supporting information sharing and collaboration in a protected environment, the release stated.

“Every time you log on, share files or store files it is done from here,” Kunz said.

Right now, the Grafenwöhr facility — which has about 150 servers — only supports users at Grafenwöhr and Vilseck, but new fiber optic cable links will soon allow servers from other bases such as Hohenfels, Schweinfurt, Würzburg and Bamberg to move to Grafenwöhr, he said.

The 5th Signal Command — U.S. Army Europe’s communications arm — now has four server hubs: Grafenwöhr, Kaiserslautern, Belgium and Italy.

In an emergency, if another server hub failed, the Grafenwöhr facility could take over, processing data from computers all over Germany, Kunz said. The centralized facility will reduce military manpower requirements at other bases because servers that were previously run by soldiers will now be run by civilians at Grafenwöhr, he said.

The server hubs will be able to diagnose, repair and conduct recovery operations that have previously required extensive hands-on support, according to 5th Signal Command officials.

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