BioLink will deploy 456 800i single-processor Linux blade servers from RLX Technologies Inc. to voter-registration sites in Nigeria's 37 states. The blades will process data from scanned voter-registration cards, which will include voters' thumbprints. BioLink's software will run on the blades, checking for fraud or duplication.
BioLink chose a blade-server configuration because the project required a flexible, scalable architecture that's easy to set up and move; requires minimal use of Nigeria's inconsistent communications infrastructure; and can easily be configured to process information from around the country. Says Michael Wong, BioLink's VP of operations and chief operating officer, "The built-in communications protocol is a huge, huge convenience factor."