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This post was originally published on April 9, 2018. It has been updated as of July 24, 2020 with updated information.

VMware is pleased to announce Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC) 4.0 is now certified for VMware vSAN. VMware is further extending the market for hyperconverged infrastructure to austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required—packaging vSAN with enterprise-grade storage and compute into the size of an airline carry-on rollaway case. Klas Voyager TDC 4.0 is certified for vSAN 6.7 and earlier releases.

vSAN support was first announced in April 2018 for version 6.5. Prior to that announcement, Voyager TDC had received VMware Ready™ status for VMware vSphere®.

VMware continues to collaborate with Klas Telecom, a company known for leading the tactical market in developing innovative low size, weight and power (SWaP) communications systems for the network edge, to validate vSAN with all current and future Voyager TDC configurations. Customers interested can contact their VMware or Klas Telecom representative for specific supported configurations.

“We are happy to work with customers to validate their vSAN deployment of choice, indicating our commitment to supporting any modern infrastructure, deployed anywhere. We want our customers to feel confident that their infrastructure will just work, so they can focus on more important things. We are also highly committed to supporting America’s service men and women and first responders with the tools they need to accomplish their mission,” said Lee Caswell, Vice President, Storage and Availability Products at VMware.

Voyager TDC + vSAN

By using Voyager TDC with VMware vSphere® and vSAN™, organizations can rapidly and easily deploy an enterprise-grade storage and compute network in the size of an airline carry-on rollaway case so users can access, collect, store, process, analyze and disseminate high volumes of data locally rather than having to rely on bandwidth-constrained backhaul to access an offsite data center. Voyager TDC is designed to military ruggedization standards and provides the highest compute performance per watt and storage per cubic inch than any other solution available in the tactical market.

Voyager TDC saves time, money and resources by reducing hardware footprint (the system replaces hundreds of pounds of traditionally-deployed server room equipment), simplifying transportation and logistics (the case can be hand carried) and lowering total cost of ownership for customers.

“One specific customer told us that by utilizing the Voyager TDC, they literally saved 1.25 million dollars per deployment,” said David Huisenga, President and CEO at Klas Telecom Government. “That’s a ton of money conserved after the initial purchase and during each deployment that people don’t often think about when procuring communication equipment. We are excited to provide that capability to VMware customers.”

Common Use Cases for Tactical HCI

VMware and Klas provide innovation that enables IT for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and First Responders in challenging, austere environments.

Rugged Edge / Command Post. VMware vSAN on Klas Voyager TDC enables service members and first responders to rapidly establish command posts with portable, powerful building blocks. The TDC can be hand carried by one person on wheels, providing easy mobility, and it can use standard military batteries for a backup power source. IT can use the same software tools and processes to rapidly stand up a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) that they use in their own data center.

Deployable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Battlefield commanders need high quality, extremely low latency video feeds to make decisions in real time. VMware vSAN supports all-flash storage for up to 150,000 IOPS per node. Klas Voyager TDC uses Haivision’s Makito X video recording, providing communicators the ability to compress video to a defined data rate for backhaul and transport.

Assault and Mobile Command Post. Voyager TDC can be carried vehicle borne as a mobile command post for small units. Commanders can use the TDC to process data and push information to dismounted soldiers without having to backhaul to a data center. vSAN deployments can be monitored and managed through the familiar vCenter interface from a central location, and communication specialists can take action as required while the unit stays in the field.

Learn More about vSAN with Voyager TDC

Learn more about vSAN’s full capabilities to transform IT at www.vmware.com/vsan and the Klas Telecom Voyager TDC at https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/voyager-tactical-data-center-n-a#summary.