Axellio Inc. – formerly X-IO Technologies – joined our affiliates at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL recently. The SMD Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. Their theme this year, “Sharpening the Military’s Competitive Edge” is fitting for Axellio involvement as one of the leading developers of advanced edge computing appliances.
Duncan Stewart — Axellio’s Director of Strategic Development — attended the event and joined one of our partners, Davidson Technologies. For those unaware, Julian Davidson — founder of Davidson Technologies — is referred to as the ‘Father of Missile Defense’. We at Axellio are honored to be working on several initiatives with this pioneering company which provides a broad array of aerospace, cyber, and intelligence solutions to the warfighter. Here is a short summary of what Axellio and Davidson are building together:
- ACSIS + Axellio – Cyber Security Gateway. Davidson has created a fully compliant virtualization software layer that allows all their employees to use any device (personal cell phones, PCs, etc.) to access sensitive and secure data. Nothing resides on the device, so when the session is closed there is nothing to be hacked or stolen. Axellio’s FabricXpress platform is being used as a converged infrastructure gateway to host the VDI infrastructure. This is a big initiative because although it was created for internal use, they are reselling it to similar companies in the federal contracting world to comply with NIST standards.
- Cheyenne Mountain Complex – Cyber Security. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a major national asset, wants to improve its industrial controls security and is working with Davidson Technologies, SysCom and Axellio to meet this challenge. It is very similar to ACSIS as they will use FabricXpress as a gateway to gather all sensor data, then use their cyber-security controls to monitor and protect it at all times. This is important to the self-sufficient systems within the complex such as HVAC, water and power supply in keeping those industrial control systems secure from cyber-attack.
- Oil and Gas Global Initiative – Axellio and Davidson are also working to help a major oil and gas company solve a global problem — maintaining a high level of IT performance in austere locations. This initiative will be led by Davidson with Axellio as a key partner. The oil and gas entity is in need of significant communication, computing, and data storage to support their exploration and operations in harsh remote locations—similar to what has been developed for the U.S. Army to fulfill its global expeditionary mission. The flexibility of FabricXpress to meet current and future needs, its ability to be transported, to meet space, weight and power consumption and drive costs down satisfies the needs of many of these problem sets. When asked about the role these assets play, Stewart replied, “Cost will always matter. But the dominant driving force is modularity and the ability to deploy”.
The Space & Missile Defense Symposium is well-known and widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies round the world. Axellio is working with these leaders and professionals on several other exciting strategies to support national security initiatives. The SMD Symposium was a great venue for Axellio to highlight the many applications of the FabricXpress solutions for today’s warfighters who need high-performance hardware to host advanced cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence, and big data analytics software in the field.