Military Defense data storage system vendors to enter Petabyte era soon!

High-density data storage is nowadays becoming crucial for many military embedded systems. Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems in particular generate huge volumes of data that often must be recorded in real time for later analysis. Although, the platform on which such data is recorded varies, high storage capacity, performance, size, weight and power consumption factors top the priorities list, while shopping for the storage solution meant for defense or military applications.

Needs range from high-bandwidth embedded data recording to more generic file serving and general purpose RAID storage needs. Meeting these demands is a diverse offering of storage systems- most of which now offer capacities in the multiple terabyte range and some even in petabytes range of storage.

As per a study made by International Data Corporation, Military and defense sector is heading to petabytes of data generation in coming years. With increasing usage of drones, spying concepts, wearable devices in Navy, Army and Air-force verticals; data generation has crossed terabytes and is heading towards petabytes. As per a research conducted by IDC in association with Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, the total capacity of sensitive data consolidated from Air-force, military and naval bases will be in 8 Petabytes. Imagine, if sensitive data capacity is in said fashion, then how much will be total capacity of data generated till date and stored in the various defense bases of United States?

Generally, Military storage implementations used in conjunction with embedded systems have historically fallen into two categories. One is low-capacity, low performance embedded storage boards. The other is higher-capacity and high performance, but physically much larger and heavier external storage boxes or subsystems.

However, current flash based Solid-State Drive technology, combined with optimized storage controller architectures-has fuelled the development of embedded storage blades that provide high level of consistent performance, reliability and capacity.

The other current trend is the move to a concept of unified, scalable embedded storage. The building blocks of this approach are flexible storage blades. Unified storage means that all of a system’s storage needs can be supported by a single storage blade. And since these blades are scalable, multiple instances of the storage blades can be aggregated to provide higher levels of capacity and performance, while still being integrated, managed and used in exactly the same manner as a single blade.

The highlight of a unified storage system is that it supports large variety of embedded storage applications. That means it facilitates replacement of large power-hungry external RAID and NAS boxes with compact, simple to use, high performance and highly reliable systems.

As the demand for flash is increasing in storage field, the demand for latest crop of high-density, rugged solid-state storage solutions is also picking up. This trend is also being fuelled up with continued dependence on compute and data intensive software based solutions.

Therefore, after citing all these storage trends, Dynamic Network Factory‘s subsidiary DNF Defense offers an updated breed of ruggedized systems in its catalog which have converged architecture platform as a highlight. These solutions are MIL-STD-810F complaint appliances specifically designed for harsh shipboard, airborne or land-based applications.

DNF Defense Rugged systems and NEBS complaint systems are easy to deploy, and come in an aluminum construction which is shock-proof and vibration resistance. They are driven with superior cooling feature and are compatible with Electromagnetic interference environments.

These systems are perfectly designed to quench Terabytes and even Petabytes of storage needed in Military Defense applications.

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