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Hybrid Cloud Computing Reaches Tactical Edge

May 17, 2023
This modular computing solution employs cloud and AI resources to provide a great deal of analytical power on the tactical edge of the battlefield.

Increased analysis and computing on the tactical edge has required modern troops to seek higher-speed computing solutions with greater memory storage. To meet those needs, the Defense Solutions division of Curtiss-Wright collaborated with cloud specialists Nutanix to certify the Nutanix Cloud Platform on Curtiss-Wright’s PacStar Modular Data Center (MDC) for tactical in-field communications.

The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) modular data center (see image above) can manage cloud activities, artificial-intelligence (AI) functions, and full analytics applications. Its modularity enables troops to establish secure communications networks in the field, with multiple servers for enhanced computing capabilities.

Regarding the availability of the Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP) on the MDC, Dominic Perez, chief technology officer of Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division, said, “Nutanix offers powerful tools for hybrid-cloud infrastructure and the robust data protection required for tactical operational environments.”

He added, “When combined with the PacStar Modular Data Center, Nutanix Cloud Platform creates a powerful, transportable data center for the warfighter. We are excited to collaborate with Nutanix to host their powerful Nutanix Cloud Platform on our industry leading PacStar MDC at the tactical edge of the battlefield.”

Chip George, vice-president of the public sector at Nutanix, said, “We are proud to partner with Curtiss-Wright to provide a rugged, integrated solution to support in-theatre communications, CSfC, C5ISR/EW, and other mission-critical applications and data vital to mission success.”

He continued, “Like the PacStar MDC, Nutanix software is hardened and secure upon delivery, reducing the burden of IT administrators, so they can focus on the mission at hand. Especially for austere environments, the simplicity and ease of use of our software means that warfighters can easily deploy and manage this system without needing specialized technical training.”

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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