Presented By: Louis Pacheco, Rubrik Federal/NTS
Size, weight and power (SWaP) considerations have limited the processing power that tactical users could leverage on the battlefield. But now, the NTS Tactical Edge with the latest Klas Telecom Voyager technology, combined with Rubrik and VMware, enables users to deploy enterprise-grade, hyperconverged tactical data storage networks to the field in a single, airline carry-on- size rollaway case.
Software-defined storage technologies require processing nodes with maximum compute power and data-center grade networking for communications between nodes. Voyager Tactical Data Center (TDC) provides Intel Xeon D processing, 512 GB RAM, 32 physical cores and 10 Gbps networking to provide the best performance possible.
Paired with Rubrik, the NTS Tactical Edge enables users to rapidly deploy functional data center stack to a remote site as-needed with fully integrated automation. A tactical package can be built, maintained, and patched in a garrison environment then migrated to the edge location as needed, greatly reducing deployment time and resources required.
The NTS Tactical Edge solution has been built to enhance the capabilities provided to those at the remote site. By extending the Garrison environment, and its associated systems, to the forward user we are extending the range of the battlefield and effectiveness of the systems supporting the warfighter.
Tactical Edge Solution:
Partnering with Klas, Rubrik & VMware, NTS has developed the capability to provide the tactical end user with services and support, as needed, with full data protection back to garrison.
The current iteration of the NTS Tactical Edge platform is using a Small Form Factor Tactical Data Center device developed by Klas Telecom. NTS chose this platform for its capability to delivery robust services to the tactical edge while maintaining a large reduction in SWaP.
Sitting at 45 linear inches (22”W x 14”D x 9”H) and 63lbs with batteries installed, we expect a significant savings in size and weight alone. The small form factor kit consumes 400w and, including the batteries, has a >1 hour runtime off of the useable AC/DC power.
This small form factor kit also includes an integrated 12-port 10 Gbps Tactical Switch. The storage/compute modules are included in individual blades, 4 per system. These are fully removable for hot swappable capabilities. When used in a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, the can be pooled across all for 4 blades of this system to take full advantage of the resources per node as described below.
NTS will also be able to provide a significant SWaP reduction by building out on this Small Form Factor kit using software modules, rather than hardware modules, to provide capabilities that are similar, or improved.
A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is the baseline for the NTS Tactical Data Center. Using any S/W provider, we now can pool all the resources available to us on this platform and take full advantage of the ease of installation and management HCI provides.
Using a Hyper-Converged solution as our baseline, we can now break down the existing architectures into available Software Modules that can run on our Small Form Factor platform.
Currently this includes:
• Applications (Exchange, SharePoint, XMPP Chat, UC, DC, etc.)
• Data Services (Back-up, Recovery, Replication, Archival)
• Information Assurance (Firewalls, IPS, SBC)
• WAN Optimization
• Multimedia (Video, ISR Redistribution, VTC, video recording/portal)
NTS has built these services as a set of deliverables for the tactical edge that are able to be rapidly deployed and easily managed from a Data Center/Garrison Environment. Leveraging the Rubrik solution, NTS has developed the capability to build our tactical edge services, at home in a garrison environment, and keep them maintained and ready to deploy to the edge. Through this Rubrik software, we can replicate those images out to the edge so that they can be stood up quickly with little-to-no interaction form the users forward.