The combination of Unisys’s ES7000 16-way, 64-bit Servers and Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server make a formidable platform for enterprise-class tasks, providing unparalleled throughput, expandability and handling of massive CPU-intensive loads.

Such a task is the providing of near-realtime or realtime data for the purpose of apprehending criminals at the borders or entry points to countries, essentially the ability to have someone’s fingerprints, passport or face be recognized in real-time is the key to apprehension.

Gary Simpson, Chief Operating Officer of Intelitrac, explained it this way,

“Real-time response means the difference between catching a criminal at the point of access and knowing he was there after he’s gone.”

Intelitrac is the premier provider of large in-memory databases (very quick, very large, special hardware and software needs) did the research and picked Unisys’s ES7000 line and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to host their biometric security solution. Initially deployed for real-time security at a very large South American Airport, the system has the following characteristics:

  • Stability: Intel® Itanium® 2 processor-based ES7000 and Linux platform enables real-time backups at the rate of one terabyte per hour.
  • Speed: Complex biometric searches are performed in less than 1.5 seconds, significantly faster than initial estimates.
  • Growth: Scalable and flexible high-performance platform can adapt to new market requirements.

Critical in determining the flexibility and expandability of the systems were the benchmarks conducted early on in the evaluation. Tests that included database information retrieval and memory response time dramatically surpassed expectations, driving the response time for recognition down to around 1.5 seconds, a nearly 250X performance increase compared to previous platforms.

Other key items that drove the buying decision were:

  • Reliability and failover
  • Support for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • The ability to grow the solution

You can read more about Unisys’s product lines on their site, and get additional details (including a video synopsis) in this case study.