Dell's Tactical Mobile Data Center is smaller than other containerized data centers and can be flown to the site, making it more mobile and faster to deploy.
Dell officials are unveiling their latest
containerized data center, a highly mobile solution that targets military
operations and first responders when speed and mobility are crucial.
Unlike larger mobile data centers from Dell
and other vendors, Dells customizable Tactical Mobile Data Center is
smallerin the area of 10 feet by 10 feet by 10 feet, according to John
Fitzgerald, CTO of Dell Federaland can be flown to a site rather than having
to be trucked in.
What it delivers is a complete IT backbone
that is self-contained, offers all the necessary servers, storage and networking
products, power supplies and cooling capabilities, and quickly can be delivered
and deployed in harsh environments.
One of the key drivers [behind the
development of the Tactical Mobile Data Center] was being able to move it in
and out of there quickly, Fitzgerald told eWEEK
Sun Microsystems introduced the first
commercial containerized data center several years ago, and since then, most
other systems makers
from Hewlett-Packard and IBM to SGI and, most
recently, Cisco Systems
have rolled out their own offerings. Some are as
small as 20 feet, while others are larger. Dell has containers ranging from 20
feet to 57 feet, according to Fitzgerald.
Mobile data centers have numerous uses, from
offering enterprises a quick and relatively inexpensive way to add capabilities,
to existing data centers to use by the military as fixed data centers. Dells
Tactical Mobile Data Center, announced July 17, will enable military and government
operations and first-responder units to get the IT capabilities closer to the
action and get the necessary data to the soldiers or emergency workers more
quickly, Fitzgerald said.
Each unit can hold up to three 42U
(73.5-inch) server racks, with each rack having 15 kilowatts of power capacity.
They include Dell server and storage products, data connections that can be
fiber, copper or BNC connectors and power distribution units. A container can
hold up to 10,000 pounds.
The data centers are cooled through a Glycol
closed-loop system, they can be powered through outside sources or
generatorsor bothand use quick disconnect cables for power, cooling and data,
which enables users to get them up and running quickly after theyre deployed.
The data centers are in weather-resistant
ISU-96 containers that are 4G Flight-Certified, so they can be transported in
military or commercial airplanes.
Fitzgerald said being able to get the IT
capabilities as physically close to the front lines as possible is becoming
more important. Pointing to Predator drone aircraft that are used to gather
information from battle zones, he said the technology on the aircraftfrom the
cameras used to the information-collecting capabilitiesis getting more
sophisticated and more precise. There are more data feeds coming from the
Predators, increasing the amount of data that needs to be quickly collected,
analyzed and shared with front-line troops. The closer that information is to
the troopers, the faster that information can be relayed to them, he said.
The Tactical Mobile Data Center is available