December 09, 2009
Build-to-order ICE Cube meets exacting government requirements
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 9 -- SGI , a global leader in HPC and datacenter solutions, today announced that deciBel Research, a high-technology company that provides advanced radar systems and sensor technologies to the U.S. Department of Defense, has purchased ICE Cube, SGI's modular datacenter. ICE Cube will support the U.S. Army's Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) program with containerized computing.
deciBel Research ordered two 20-foot ICE Cube containers for their extreme compute density, reduced operating cost benefits and compelling deployment advantages. The modular datacenters will serve as radar stimulators and as platforms for on-site simulations, evaluation exercises and training, and performance testing for the JLENS program.
"SGI's ICE Cube was the best suited datacenter for deciBel Research's high performance computing requirements for JLENS with regard to design, footprint and affordability; its 20' x 8' form factor perfectly meets the Army's requirement for being easily deployable," said Dr. Bassem R. Mahafza, president and founder of deciBel Research. "Other key ICE Cube decision factors include its highly efficient cooling system as well as its ability to comfortably accommodate a small IT team within the container itself. We are confident that ICE Cube is the perfect datacenter for JLENS' needs."
ICE Cube cooling systems operate entirely inside the container -- a leading, necessary innovation important to the program in light of the arid desert climates in which it will be deployed. Its 10-ton chiller not only cools the onboard computer equipment but also the datacenter technicians who will work in the communications and operations areas within ICE Cube.
"We are proud that SGI is part of this important defense program," said Tony Carrozza, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at SGI. "This ICE Cube deployment further proves that SGI offers the most innovative containerized datacenter solutions for the most demanding computing environments."
About ICE Cube
The award-winning ICE Cube modular datacenter, designed to augment or replace traditional brick-and-mortar facilities, delivers extreme server and storage density in a self-contained 20-foot or 40-foot container. Its advanced cooling design dramatically cuts ongoing operational expenses, and is easily managed and serviced. ICE Cube offers a maximum density of 3,480 independent servers -- up to 41,760 cores or 17.5PB of storage in a single 40-foot container.
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