Military operations have consistently been the setting for new technologies to emerge and take off into other sectors. This pattern becomes evident again with ZDNet's recent article, "Dell Launches Enterprise Mobile Data Center for Military, Gov't Ops."
The Dell Tactical Mobile Data Center is deployable by plane and designed to set up an IT infrastructure anywhere in any conditions.
Possible uses include backup or recovery for customers existing data centers. This technology essentially expands data center security and location options. They are built with the underlying assumption that extreme weather and temperatures will be likely and therefore this technology has been designed to withstand those challenges.
According to the article:
Each data center is contained in weather-resistant ISU-96 containers that are 3G Flight Certified to be transported via military fixed-wing airframes or commercial aircraft. Each Tactical Mobile Data Center is comprised of at least two of the components: an IT Pack and an AC/UPS Pack. These systems can run on land power, generator power, or a combination of both.
There will always be adaptations of enterprise-grade technology necessary for military use due to the customizations This sector is not the only one that requires adaptability, which is why enterprise organizations have been flocking to open source infrastructure solutions.
Megan Feil, July 19, 2012