Case Study

Cyber Analytics Center Architects Infrastructure to Support Analytics Implementation Overseas

ATC and Integration Center play major part in meeting the organizations aggressive deployment schedule and budget

One of the world’s largest defense and engineering groups needed an infrastructure solution to support a cybersecurity and big data analytics implementation overseas. WWT designed, architected and deployed a fully integrated, secured system to the customer on time and within budget.

Challenge

A newly built cyber analytics center required a complete solution. The customer lacked engineering resources, integration capabilities and big data expertise. In addition, an aggressive deployment schedule and budgetary challenges demanded quickly assessing requirements and implementing a solution rapidly.

Solution

The first phase of the engagement was for WWT to architect the overall solution design. WWT authored a white paper that compared FlexPod Select to legacy NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop (NOSH). In addition, WWT used its big data reference architecture to jointly create a source control document.

The second phase consisted of architectural revisions and took place over six months while requirements were fluid. WWT worked with OEM partners to ensure all required specifications and integration issues were addressed. This was especially critical because some components were not typically exposed to a level of hardening required by cyber analytics center standards.

The third phase consisted of final physical configuration, integration and shipping. WWT used its North American Integration Center in St. Louis to execute requirements. During this phase, WWT configured customized rack brackets to help stabilize equipment within the customer’s data center and used its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to provide RSA enVision syslog PCAP and a virtual ISO machine to address a customer issue. WWT also:

  • Configured UCS/FAS/E-Series/Network/SafeNet
  • Installed RedHat Enterprise Linux (v6.2) and Hadoop
  • Hardened with RHEL/2960/FAS/Cloudera
  • Created a Centrify Active Directory local environment
  • Provided VPN access for customer Kestrel analytics software configuration and testing

The customer visited the Integration Center for two weeks of detailed acceptance and performance testing that included physical rack inspection, hardware functionality and device equipment system checks, power down and power up, hardware component configuration, Cloudera acceptance and performance testing with hardening failure tests and external ingest, and environmental and regulatory checks. Additionally, WWT simulated the Nexus 5K solution present in the customer’s home environment.

When it came time to crate and ship equipment, WWT was faced with another unique requirement. Racks could not be shipped in an integrated fashion using a NetApp E2660 controller and/or DE6600 expansion shelf per instruction from the OEM. NetApp de-installed 3000 disk drives in the Integration Center before shipping. WWT provided custom crating, shipped components separately and re-installed upon arrival at the customer’s site. Lastly, to meet strict international shipping standards, WWT helped vapor seal racks with barrier material and polyethylene foam to prevent moisture from seeping into the equipment during its three-month overseas voyage. As a final precaution, WWT packed shipping containers with air bags, so crates would remain stable and upright during the trip.

Results

WWT demonstrated innovation, thought leadership and expertise in designing and integrating big data and cybersecurity infrastructure. The customer was able to meet complex requirements and receive a fully integrated and hardened system on time and within budget. As a result, WWT was recognized at the NetApp Partner Conference for Outstanding Contribution from a NetApp Team Partner. This engagement proved to WWT’s partners and customers that it can execute a complete, turnkey big data and cybersecurity project.