Delivering a Converged Infrastructure for the DoD Cyber Range

Big data is being used in cyber defense to accelerate recognition of patterns that represent threats to the network. These insights are enabling organizations of all types to predict and prevent potential cyber attacks before they occur. Take for example the Cyber Range, a self-contained virtual computing environment that’s capable of simulating real-life operations so that security personnel can safely test capabilities and get trained on how to prevent and defend against network intrusions.

Traditionally, organizations would have to build a cyber range using traditional hardware, which places limits on scale. They’re also are costly and time consuming to architect and set up. In many cases, these small test ranges have limited capabilities to emulate the real vulnerability to the operational network.

To solve these challenges, Tegile and Cypherpath have partnered with ManTech to build and deploy an entire Cyber Range within hours and minutes versus weeks and months. Furthermore, virtual environments can be copied and reused, saving time and money. Testing and experimenting with new services and capabilities can be developed and introduced rapidly to meet mission needs. Risks are also mitigated because mission-critical infrastructure remains untouched while mirrored virtualized environments are used to experiment and create better solutions.

Why Tegile Systems?

Ernest McCaleb, who works with the Department of Defense (DoD) on behalf of ManTech, turned to both Tegile and Cypherpath to deploy a scalable, agile, cost-efficient, and fast Cyber Range solution. Ernest had worked with a number of storage companies, “But I found that Tegile could offer the DoD a solution that was easy to use, agile, and flexible,” he said, and also noted that Tegile had an excellent price point for a flash array storage solution. Tegile Cypherpath Converged-Infrastructure DoD Cyber Range

Ernest continued, “Tegile has a great team. They react quickly to questions and they are very forward thinking in their approach to flash-centric storage architecture.” Tegile offers an extensive line of all flash array and hybrid flash storage solutions as part of their IntelliFlash array portfolio.

Tegile arrays can be optimized to maximum performance with all flash, and to maximize economics with a mixture of flash and hard disk drives (HDDs), along with a feature-rich flash storage management software, delivering one flash platform for any workload.

A Partnership Delivering Converged and
Software-Defined Infrastructure

Tegile joined with Cypherpath to deliver a Converged Infrastructure solution. Cypherpath Virtual Container Platform delivers a self-contained IT infrastructure on-demand that enables machines, networks, applications, and storage to be placed inside a software-defined infrastructure container.

“We were excited to team up with Tegile,” says Kevin Rogers of Cypherpath. “Just think of how much storage the DoD will generate from their machines, apps and servers. The DoD needed a solution that they could build on top of their apps and hardware. Tegile helped clear a path for them.” The combination of Tegile’s flash-centric storage architecture that could work with thousands of existing machines and Cypherpath’s software overlay created a strategic solution for the ManTech DoD Cyber Range. mantech-international-logoTegile’s all-flash arrays feature high-density enterprise flash SSDs designed to support mission-critical applications that require extremely high performance at low latency for extended periods of time. Issues that customers typically have with all-flash storage systems are expensive price per gigabyte, short-lived components and lack of density comparative to hard-disk drive systems have been rendered obsolete with the Tegile all-ash arrays. In a typical mixed-application environment, Tegile achieves a 5X data reduction to realize a $1/GB street price. And at 55 terabytes (TBs) of effective capacity per rack unit, the arrays go well beyond traditional HDD-based array density.

Tegile’s enterprise-class arrays are built on the company’s third-generation IntelliFlash technology that provides the high performance, capacity and reliability that organizations desire at a relatively low cost. Data reduction technology provides a usable capacity that’s greater than the arrays’ raw capacity. A no-single-point-of-failure architecture, automated snapshot and thin replication features make them more reliable than competitive alternatives. Tegile’s all-flash arrays feature four eight-core Xeon processors, significant memory, sizable read and write caches using flash, multiple networking interfaces, dual power supplies and hot disk spares to provide high performance at low cost. The systems’ software simplifies administration and optimizes storage for various applications, including virtualization, ¬le services and databases. All-inclusive pricing for features such as auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, on or offsite failover, and virtualization management provides simplified software licensing at a fraction of the cost of storage incumbents. “Most storage vendors have a one-size-fits-all solution, but that is not the case with Tegile. Tegile has the most enhanced storage infrastructure we’ve seen,” said Rogers.

The collaboration of ManTech, Tegile and Cypherpath provides an extensible architecture and an indomitable cyber-security solution for government and financial institutions worldwide. The DoD Cyber Range is the first of many to come.

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