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Andrew Hornback
Andrew Hornback,
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7/20/2012 | 4:27:10 AM
re: Dell Launches Military Data Centers-In-A-Box
I would have to disagree with the idea that you have to move processing power closer to the warfighter.

You need to make sure that the warfighter and commander has all of the data that they need for the appropriate amount of situational awareness while in theater. An easier way of doing this (and possibly more scaleable), would be to increase the amount of available bandwidth in the area.

Without bandwidth/connectivity, all of the data processing power in the world doesn't do a bit of good. Having a couple of full server racks forward deployed on the battlefield in an attempt to improve decision making capabilities of the deployment commanders, is great - but unless there is enough visibility and availability of data from all of the warfighting resources, you are losing fidelity of the picture of the entire situation. Commanders are taught to make decisions on available data - if your data is stuck in transit, you do not have a complete picture and may end up making inappropriate decisions.

And when you look at this sort of configuration with respect to the overall DoD/Federal Government push to move to a cloud-based architecture, how does this bit of infrastructure work within that framework?

What I can really see something like this being utilized for is in response to natural disasters or NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radiological) -type disasters.

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