Tracewell’s Rugged Blade System Delivers High-Performance Computing in Harsh Environments
Empire Challenge Report Affirms Rugged Blade System as First Solution Answering Need for Commercial Off-the-Shelf Hardware for U.S. Department of Defense Applications Based on IBM Blade Technology
Held at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., EC 10 is a multinational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) demonstration designed to showcase the role of technology in improving military strategy, interagency coordination and military decision making. According to the after-action EC 10 report, “Throughout the exercise, the RBS performed to specification, even when subjected to high temperatures due to a lack of air conditioning (A/C). “ The report concluded, “The Tracewell RBS chassis and IBM blades, despite high temperatures and less than optimal work conditions, provided a high level of service.”
The Rugged Blade System meets a wide range of stringent MIL-SPEC requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Defense, providing improved performance for forward deployment of COTS servers used in critical military applications.
“The collection, storage and analysis of a wide range of data have become mission critical for Department of Defense agencies,” said Matt Tracewell, executive vice president of Tracewell Systems. “The Rugged Blade System is the first product available on the market that combines performance, cost and flexibility of commercial off-the-shelf high-performance blade server technology in a form factor specifically designed to meet MIL-SPEC standards for forward deployment. As a result, for the first time, it is now possible to forward deploy the same flexible IBM based blade server technology as found in today’s most technologically advanced data centers.”
Based on IBM’s commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) blade server technology in a form-factor engineered package designed for MIL-SPEC requirements, Tracewell’s Rugged Blade System addresses the Department of Defense’s core technology challenges – namely:
• Consistent performance
o The Rugged Blade System maintains improved performance, even in harsh conditions marked by extreme temperatures, shock and vibration, electromagnetic interference (EMI) and more stringent power requirements.
o The Rugged Blade System’s tolerance for the shock and vibration commonly experienced in deployed applications is coupled with high capacity cooling, adapting well to land, air, and sea environments.
o When compared to other solutions, use of COTS blade technology and form-factor engineering can reduce procurement costs by up to 90 percent while increasing high-performance computing capabilities by as much as 1,000 percent.
o The Rugged Blade System is designed to deploy COTS blade technology, which means blades can be swapped “on-the-fly”
o The end result is a single, lightweight, high-performance package that uses fewer cases and cables for deployment than traditional COTS data center solutions.
“Department of Defense agencies have made significant investments in commercial off-the-shelf solutions based on IBM technology to meet their traditional IT requirements,”
Additional information on Tracewell Systems’ Rugged Blade System can be found at http://www.tracewell.com/
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About Tracewell Systems
Tracewell Systems provides Advanced Form Factor Engineering ™ services to organizations that need to deploy high-performance computing hardware in harsh environmental conditions, including Department of Defense agencies and companies in aerospace, healthcare, telecom and other industries. Since 1973, Tracewell Systems has provided innovative design, engineering and manufacturing services to some of the nation's largest military, aerospace and commercial organizations. The company applies industry expertise and patented technologies to create custom ruggedized systems from commercially available hardware. Tracewell Systems solutions help clients fulfill their mission IT requirements with equipment that meets the most demanding technical and environmental requirements.