Increasing Operational Agility and Reducing Network Infrastructure and Costs:
Multi-Domain Simultaneous Access to Virtual Environments (MD-SAVE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
The Operational Challenge: Warfighters make critical decisions in support of 24-hour operations around the globe, requiring rapid access to information from multiple information domains, with various classification levels. For example, US Central Command supports eight separate domains. Additionally, warfighters increasingly need high definition video and 3D graphics.
Previously, the ready flow of information was challenged by the need to have a separate workstation to securely access each classified domain. Consequently, warfighters worked on multiple workstations, which did not allow concurrent access to classified domains; hampered operational flexibility; created an onerous infrastructure, and added to energy costs.
The Approach to the Challenge: The need for one workstation, securely accessing multiple domains at different classification levels, was satisfied by an approach called, "Multi-Domain Simultaneous Access to Virtual Environments" (MD-SAVE) JCTD. Essentially, it collapses multiple networks into a single physical network, thus allowing a single workstation to access up to 24 domains, utilizing one wire, while maintaining security separation.
MD-SAVE JCTD also provides concurrent high definition, video streaming across connected domains without compromising performance. Processing of video and graphics is done in the cloud with higher performance platforms providing users with a more consistent computing experience.
- The Benefits: MD-SAVE's one workstation for multiple domains provides several benefits:
- Increases operational agility in a complex, fast-paced environment
- Delivers a multi-domain, high definition video experience with unmatched agility
- Reduces size, weight, and power (SWaP) on the desktop and network infrastructure
- Eliminates the need for multiple thick, or thin client, computer processing units, and expensive keyboard, video and mouse switches
- Reduces need to pull new cable/fiber, or install new desktop devices to establish a new network
- Reduces equipment costs
- Eliminates expensive, recurring periodic license fees
- Reduces power consumption from 100 watts per domain, to 40 watts for 24 domains