How's this for trunk space? Army fits 1T in a Humvee

How's this for trunk space? Army fits 1T in a Humvee

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

APRIL 17—Not long ago, a 1T storage system meant a huge data center. The Army now drives around with that much disk space.

The Digital Topographic Support System, designed for updating maps and analyzing battlefield terrain, no longer even requires a 5-ton truck, said Mark Hainsey, acting project director at the Army Topographic Engineering Center in Alexandria, Va.

The new version of the system, the DTSS-Light, fits into the back of a Humvee. The Army has fielded 20 of the DTSS-Light units, with 16 more to come this fall, Hainsey said.

Each DTSS-Light package stores field data on two ruggedized FlashDisk OpenRAID disk arrays from Winchester Systems Inc. of Burlington, Mass. With eight 73G drives inside, each array can hold just over 0.5T at RAID Level 5, said Michael W. Roberts, vice president of the company's government division.

Besides the disk array, each DTSS-Light is outfitted with a workstation and such peripherals as a Hewlett-Packard Co. 36-inch plotter, CD and DVD drives, tape drives and uninterruptible power supplies.

The lightweight multipurpose shelter mounted on the rear of the Humvees offers some protection to the electronic equipment, Hainsey said. But the RAID units still had to pass military-specification tests for rain, dust, temperature extremes and even fungus, Roberts said.

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