Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software-Defined Storage vSAN

VMware Hyper-Converged Software: The Ultimate HCI Tactical Solution for the Public Sector

VSAN-DTECHLABS-LOGOHyper-converged solutions continue to rise in the data centers as the architecture of choice and the preferred building block to build a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) is making significant progress with the modernization of data centers powered by vSphere. VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software solution delivers a combination of practical and simplified management functionality along with advanced and sophisticated compute and storage technologies. The broad spectrum of hardware compatibility for VMware Hyper-Converged Software allows for the design of highly customized and creative solutions for unique use cases.

VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure solution delivers a combination of practical and simplified management functionality along with advanced and sophisticated compute and storage technologies. The broad spectrum of hardware compatibility for VMware Hyper-Converged Software allows for the design of highly customized and creative solutions for unique use cases.


Data centers are traditionally thought of as large facilities that are used to house computer systems and their associated components. Today’s modern data centers come in many different shapes, and sizes, and are deployed dynamically in non-traditional locations.To meet the diverse demands of these non-traditional data center locations such as the ones required by the military, government, emergency services/first responders, and civilian/commercial customer of any size.


DTECH LABS is a CUBIC company that designs, manufactures, and integrates deployable and tactical communications productsdtechlabs-logo and solutions for military, government, emergency services/first responders, and civilian/commercial customer base. Working with VMware, DTECH LABS along with other leading government partners created an integrated, deployable, and tactical communications family of devices designed to embrace strategic computing innovations with VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS). The M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P are the FIRST devices to provide VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) with VMware Virtual SAN, Data Center Virtualization, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure capabilities to the tactical edge, in the ruggedized small form factor communications industry. The M3-SE product line provides ruggedized, portable, shallow depth servers and communications equipment designed for austere operational environments. All designed with 12Gb/s SAS RAID and HBA controllers, respectively, and have 100% component compatibility with the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).


Both, the M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P are portable distributed systems designed to deliver all of the value, benefits, and capabilities of software-defined storage technologies provided by the VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) solution in space-constrained environments. Some of these space-constrained environments include military/commercial vehicles, ships, aircrafts, tactical vehicles, tents, command centers, joint special operations, surveillance, and many others that require a small form factor computing solutions.  These devices were designed to meet a set of very specific small form factor requirements for tactical deployments which included decreased in size, weight, and power in order to be accommodated into specialized transportation vehicles.


DTECH LABS and its participating design partners evaluated and tested over 15 different Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and storage solutions, and together unanimously selected VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) solution to build the M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN to meet and satisfy the requirements for a mobile and modular tactical device. The M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN are high powered 5th generation Core i7 computer designed to support multiple virtual machines in a small, rugged form factor that include ten hard drive slots intended to be used with VMware Virtual SAN.

Both devices are built to deliver maximum levels of performance and all the capabilities provided by VMware Hyper-Converged Software. With VMware Virtual SAN, the M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P significantly outperform previous infrastructure solutions and also decrease the amount of time required for customer training. With the M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P, the average deployment time for the entire infrastructure is decreased at least 50% by leveraging VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) extensible deployment and configuration flexibility with PowerCLI for fully automated deployments. This solution significantly decreases the need for DTECH LABS to prepare and train their customers with required management knowledge since all of the components of the VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) solution, including Virtual SAN are integrated and centrally managed directly from vCenter. DTECH LABS customers are able to rely on their common vSphere knowledge and skill sets to successfully manage and operate this new solution.

The M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P with VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) allows DTECH LABS customers to shift their primary focus from infrastructure logistics to acute tactical awareness. These devices are both portable and distributed systems that provide software-defined storage capabilities with risk mitigation principals to deliver a low-risk solution that can operate in austere environments to independently support their customer’s no-fail mission-critical needs with the ability to have reliable solutions that collect mission-critical data withstanding the most challenging working conditions.

After extensive industry capabilities analysis, DTECH LAB and partners concluded that VMware Virtual SAN was the most logical solution for the challenges, and because of that VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) was chosen and also for its ease of integration capabilities, and decreased learning curve and overall management and performance values.  The M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P are an example of what DTECH LABS can do and provide for Military, government, emergency services/first responders, law enforcement, and civilian/commercial customer based organizations with requirements for ultra-portable and powerful data center solutions.

For in-depth information about the M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P and their options, you can download the datasheet from the link below or visit the DTECH LABS products page. You can also have a quick look at this amazing engineered solution in the video demonstration below.


M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P Video Demo

This is a pretty amazing solution based on both, the combination of incredible hardware engineering and the most flexible and best Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) solution in the industry.

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