Tactical Edge Accessing Cloud Features in Compliance with Government Security

Rancher Government Solutions (RGS) has announced a strategic partnership and reseller agreement with Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division. Together, they aim to introduce Kubernetes technology to the tactical edge, expanding cloud accessibility for disrupted, disconnected, intermittent, and low-bandwidth (DDIL) environments, all while adhering to stringent U.S. Government Security Regulations. This collaboration marks the first instance where frontline personnel will have access to enterprise-grade cloud capabilities, irrespective of connectivity limitations. It will empower users to efficiently manage crucial workloads and simplify the deployment of cloud-based applications to the edge.

“Our warfighters have come to rely on cloud computing capabilities, but until now, connectivity issues have hindered their availability at the tactical edge. We are very excited to partner with Rancher Government Solutions to bring their secure enterprise-class cloud capabilities hosted on the PacStar® 400-Series platform to the tactical edge for the first time,” said Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division. “We look forward to extending our relationship with Rancher Government Solutions to develop edge solutions for our customer base. Our plans include bringing their technology to additional Curtiss-Wright compute platforms, including the newly released size, weight, and power optimized PacStar 200-Series, the ultra-rugged Parvus® DuraCOR®product family and our broad range of 3U and 6U VPX form factor SOSA aligned solutions.”

“We are proud to be working with Curtiss-Wright to deliver transformational solutions focused on the U.S. Government military and civilian use cases and tailored to the unique demands of the Tactical Edge,” said Ben Zifrony, RVP of Channels and Alliances at Rancher Government Solutions. “Our combined solutions are not just about adapting to the edge but thriving in it, delivering a cloud-native platform that is secure, scalable, and sustainable, across Curtiss-Wright’s compute platforms and regardless of the operating environment.”

As a result of this collaboration, PacStar 400-Series tactical communications solutions, such as the PacStar 451 Server Module and PacStar MDC, will be able to host the Rancher Multi Cluster Manager (MCM) and Harvester hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) technologies, to support both container and virtual machine workloads at the tactical edge.

Rancher, an independent U.S. entity, offers industry-leading compatibility with vast numbers of containers. Both Rancher MCM and Rancher’s Kubernetes distribution, RKE2, have a Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) written Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), and the PacStar hardware solutions are included in the STIG-ready profile. Rancher supports leading cloud services including Amazon EKS, Azure AKS, and Google GKE.

About Curtiss-Wright’s Family of Leading Battlefield Solutions

Curtiss-Wright’s industry-leading PacStar family of advanced communications solutions addresses a wide range of military, intelligence, and commercial applications. Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures COTS-based rugged, small form factor expeditionary and mobile communications systems. Separately, it offers integrated, network communications management software, IQ-Core® Software, maintained by an in-house development team, for the military, federal, state/local government, and emergency responder markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core Software, hardware technology, and integrated solutions provide secure, command, control, and communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure-starved areas. In addition, PacStar communications systems are ideally suited for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field communications requirements.

For more information, please view the recent Curtiss-Wright and Rancher hosted webinar, “Delivering Cloud Capabilities to the Tactical Edge” here.

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