Tracewell delivers mission-critical systems for smarter intelligence


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Data challenges for United States Department of Defense (DOD) agencies
are no small matter—they are a matter of national security. DOD
agencies are responsible for collecting and analyzing a growing amount of
mission-critical data from an ever-increasing number of diverse sources.
They must analyze data not only in-office, but in a variety of air, land and
sea deployments. And they must be prepared to collect, analyze and act on
data anytime and anywhere—often instantaneously.

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Tracewell delivers mission-critical systems for smarter intelligence

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Computer ServicesCase Study Tracewell delivers mission-critical systems for smarter intelligence Based on IBM blade server technology Data challenges for United States Department of Defense (DOD) agen- Overview cies are no small matter—they are a matter of national security. DOD agencies are responsible for collecting and analyzing a growing amount of The need mission-critical data from an ever-increasing number of diverse sources. Tracewell Systems needed top, commer- cial, off-the-shelf products to serve as They must analyze data not only in-office, but in a variety of air, land and the foundation for the innovative plat- sea deployments. And they must be prepared to collect, analyze and act on forms it develops for the military and data anytime and anywhere—often instantaneously. aerospace industries. The solution That’s where Tracewell Systems is making a difference. The company’s Tracewell uses IBM blade technology as Advanced Form Factor Engineering Services and complete line of the foundation for their Rugged Blade Rugged Blade Systems based on IBM blade server technology enable Systems, including IBM BladeCenter® HS22 and HS23 servers with Intel® agencies to deploy high-performance computing hardware even in harsh Xeon® processors and IBM System environmental conditions. With 40 years of expertise in this area, Networking switches. Tracewell is the market leader, providing innovative design, engineering and manufacturing solutions to some of the nation’s largest military, The benefit aerospace and commercial organizations. Tracewell’s IBM-based solutions Tracewell Rugged Blade Systems with IBM blade technology significantly take the best commercial off-the-shelf, high-performance computing increase performance, reduce costs, technology and package it into rugged, high-performance systems that lower maintenance and can easily can deliver data analytics for advanced DOD applications. incorporate the latest high-performance computing products. High-performance computing for extreme environments With their long history of delivering innovative form factors, Tracewell makes it possible for DOD agencies to deliver mission-critical applica- tions wherever they are needed most—even in environments where it was never before possible. Tracewell Rugged Blade Systems combine IBM blade server technology with intelligent Intel Xeon processors in the first and only ruggedized, military-spec version of a BladeCenter solution for forward deployment by DOD agencies. They are designed to support
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology Computer ServicesCase Study high-performance application requirements, enabling agencies to manage data needs for key applications including radar, data intelligence, data “IBM was the only mining and analytics, advanced systems networking, security and cloud company of its kind that computing. could provide the For example, consider a large DOD agency running IBM systems with engineering support, critical data analytics software in the data center. Prior to Tracewell insight and teaming we Rugged Blade Systems, such an agency would be limited in how they could deploy that software elsewhere—aboard a ship, in an airplane or on needed for our solution a ground-based vehicle. That’s because the systems on which the software and our business to work.” runs are generally not capable of being deployed in harsh environments. Tracewell Rugged Blade Systems, however, make it possible to have one —Matt Tracewell, executive vice president, technology footprint in the data center and in the field. The agency can Tracewell Systems take the same hardware and software solution they use in the back office and deploy it in other places, in a solution that’s designed to survive the rigors of forward deployment. “It used to be that if you wanted to deploy these applications beyond the back office, you had to create a custom system that took years to develop, was very expensive and would lock you into a solution configuration that could never take advantage of new high-performance products coming to market,” explains Matt Tracewell, executive vice president at Tracewell. “We’ve created a solution architecture, based on IBM blade server tech- nology, in which the foundation remains constant, but the solution can be easily updated as new blades and new IBM technologies come to market.” Working together to engineer the right solutions over the long term For Tracewell, IBM was the only vendor that could provide what the company needed for a successful solution. “IBM products represent the best available in the market, the company makes a significant investment in continually delivering the very best technology, and they have a plan and roadmap for the future,” says Tracewell. “IBM has delivered, is delivering, and has plans in place to continue to deliver the kind of technology our business needs far into the future.” One of the things that was clear to Tracewell from the start was how well IBM innovation could combine with Tracewell engineering. Delivering the best off-the-shelf technology and making it work in harsh or unusual environments is a feat of engineering excellence that relies both on IBM’s ability to provide reliable, scalable solutions that work and Tracewell’s ability to uniquely adapt those solutions. 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology Computer ServicesCase Study “Our business is in the details—the engineering details,” says Tracewell, Solution components “and IBM was the only company of its kind that could provide the engi- neering support, insight and teaming we needed for our solution and our ●● IBM BladeCenter® HS22, HS23 business to work.” ●● Intel® Xeon® processors ●● IBM System Networking switches Tracewell engaged with a number of groups at IBM to develop its Rugged Blade Systems family of products, including intellectual property, System x, engineering and product development, and a dedicated federal team that is actively involved in working with Tracewell customers. The result was a ruggedized blade system—based on the same technology found in the IBM BladeCenter H Chassis with HS22 blade servers—that meets military specifications. Tracewell is actively working with custom- ers, including the United States Air Force, to deploy its Rugged Blade Systems with the new IBM HS23 blades and IBM high-speed switch technology. As new technologies from IBM come to market, Tracewell looks to incorporate those capabilities into their IBM-based products to deliver ever-greater performance to their customers. “IBM provides market-leading high-performance computing, and Tracewell leverages that to enable customers to take advantage of it in a form factor that meets their unique needs,” says Tracewell. “As technol- ogy progresses, entirely new capabilities emerge. When you are making it possible to do the impossible, new solutions just happen.” Providing unique benefits to position Tracewell for the future Already the platform of choice for the United States Air Force, Rugged Blade Systems based on IBM blade server technology position Tracewell perfectly to meet the growing data challenges that DOD agencies face. They specifically enable agencies to: ●● ● Reduce costs by replacing proprietary solutions that cost up to 90 percent more ●● ● Increase performance by leveraging advances in high-performance computing ●● ● Undertake cost-effective, rapid product upgrades by changing blades on the fly ●● ● Introduce new solutions, such as system networking ●● ● Meet military specifications and easily handle forward deployment 3
  4. 4. For more informationContact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us more information about Tracewell Systems,© Copyright IBM Corporation 2012IBM Systems and Technology GroupRoute 100Somers, New York 10589Produced in the United States of AmericaApril 2012IBM, the IBM logo,, and BladeCenter are trademarks of InternationalBusiness Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other productand service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list ofIBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information”, the Intel logo, Xeon and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in theU.S. and other countries.This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changedby IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in whichIBM operates.The performance data and client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposesonly. Actual performance results may vary depending on specific configurations andoperating conditions. It is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operationof any other products or programs with IBM products and programs.THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS”WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDINGWITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR APARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OFNON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms andconditions of the agreements under which they are provided.Rugged Blade Systems are not an IBM product or offering. Rugged Blade Systems aresold or licensed, as the case may be, to users under Tracewell Systems’ terms andconditions, which are provided with the product or offering. Availability, and any andall warranties, services and support for Rugged Blade Systems are the directresponsibility of, and are provided directly to users by, Tracewell Systems.The client is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations applicableto it. IBM does not provide legal advice or represent or warrant that its services orproducts will ensure that the client is in compliance with any law or regulation. Please Recycle BLC03089-USEN-00