FREDC Data Centers

FREDC Forensic Data Center

The FREDC Data Center is purpose-built to function as a high-performing departmental forensic server. With over 100 installations world-wide, FREDC is a proven, one-of-kind solution for departmental forensic acquisition, analysis, case management, evidence storage and data archival needs.

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Not Your Traditional IT Data Center

FREDC Data Centers function as a digital forensic data server and complete forensic network infrastructure. The heart of each FREDC is a SERVER-RM module, powered by Intel Dual Xeon E5-2620 processors, with 8 cores per cpu. Upgrades of 10, 14, and 18 cores per cpu are available. 128 GB DDR4 memory is standard, upgradeable to 256 and 512 GB.

Each FREDC Server-RM comes standard with a ten drive internal RAID array for operating system, workstation images and other data storage needs. FREDC systems also include a sixteen drive RAID-RM module for digital evidence storage. As evidence storage needs grow, additional RAID-RM modules can be added. RAID6 fault tolerance is stnadard and other types of RAID striping are also supported. FREDC Data Centers achieve extemely fast data transfers with dual 10 Gb ethernet networks, standard with FREDC installations.

The FREDC SERVER-RM’s operating system is OpenSUSE Linux, optimized by Digital Intelligence for incredible performance and near-zero system administration. With a FREDC Data Center, you avoid the headaches, upgrades, and higher support cost that come with traditional Windows data server environments.

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Direct to Network Imaging

The 10 GB Ethernet backbone supports direct-to-network forensic imaging at drive limited speeds. Direct-to-network imaging saves time and resources by eliminating the need to use interim storage devices. Each FREDC network module includes a 48-port Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) switch for connecting workstations, network printers, and other devices.

Standard on all FREDC’s is the FRED-RM (rackmount) forensic workstation. Each FRED-RM, itself a processing and forensic imaging powerhouse, ships with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and OpenSUSE Linux operating systems. Exclusive to DI, the UltraBay 4d has advanced imaging features (single drive or multiple simultaneous drive imaging), read/write modes (for non-forensic drive wiping), and a touch-screen UI for device information access and management not available in other forensic systems.

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Install Today. Run Cases Tomorrow.

FREDC’s are integrated and tested prior to shipment. The modular FREDC design and extensive pre-ship testing ensures minimal field issues during site installation. DI System Engineers install, test, and train at your site typically in three days or less. A FREDC Data Center investment pays casework dividends within days of its arrival.

Easier to Manage. Lower Cost to Own

To further reduce the cost of FREDC ownership, we’ve included a proprietary set of system and network administration utilities. Built by Digital Intelligence, these utilities reduce or eliminate the time and effort required to maintain a properly running high-performance forensic network. Network workstation installation, system backup, system restoration, drive mapping, single user sign-on, and even bare metal disaster recovery is made almost trivial.

How Many Petabytes Do You Need?

FREDC's fault tolerant data storage capacity is huge. Each FREDC Data Center includes a minimum of 260 TB of fault tolerant storage (100 TB in the SERVER-RM module and 160 TB in the RAID-RM module). For more storage simply add additional RAID-RM modules in 160 TB increments. FREDC Data Centers can provide evidence and data storage capacity well in excess of 3 petabytes.

Share Software Licenses. Lower Software Costs

Use FREDC to manage your software investment. Forensic and eDiscovery software license dongles connected to the SERVER-RM USB 3.0 ports are managed as shared resources for departmental access and use. This feature, exclusive to Digital Intelligence FREDC Data Centers promotes efficient sharing of software licenses and may help lower software licensing costs.

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Peace of Mind with Automated Alerts

FREDC Data Centers ship standard with a 16-tape robotic tape library and enterprise class backup/archival software. The backup software is pre-installed and configured to support automated archival of evidence and other data.

Digital Intelligence's proprietary FREDC SMS gateway supports real-time, text-based event notifications. Problems like disk failures and temperature alerts trigger automatic notifications sent to a configurable list of recipients. This feature is available at no additional charge to our North American customers.

Power to Spare. Flexibility to Grow

Out of the box, the FREDC Data Centers provide the processing, evidence storage, and network data transfer speeds that high-performing forensic departments require. As caseload or processing needs change, storage and processing modules can be added to insure FREDC remains a vital tool in your digital crime fighting arsenal. Optional modules include RAID-RM storage, FREDC DB database server, FREDC VM virtual machine server, FREDC DUO distributed workers, AccessData LAB server, and the GPU PowerStation for password decryption.

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Hardware Optimized for Leading Forensic Software

Recommending less is sometimes more. Optimizing system processor cores, RAM, and storage is something we take very seriously. We don’t want our customers to spend more than is necessary for great performance. We test all FRED configurations using industry leading software. This methodology produces systems optimized for excellent performance when conducting forensic examinations.

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Technical Support You Can Count On

When you purchase from Digital Intelligence, you’re getting the best forensic products money can buy. But the value doesn’t stop there. You get lifetime technical support and access to a professional, dedicated support team. We measure our success not just by the number of systems we sell but also by the level of support we provide. Whether it’s a question about your FRED, UltraBlock, Imager or software – or a question about a forensic problem you face – we have your back. Call, email, or text. We are here for you.

The base FREDC system includes SERVER-RM, FRED-RM, RAID-RM SAN, Network, Display/Access, Automated Backup (LTO), and in-rack UPS modules.

Each FREDC includes Digital Intelligence's proprietary Management utilities and may also be configured with a number of optional modules.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 2.1 GHz 8 core CPUs, 20 MB cache. 10, 14, and 18 core upgrades available
Intel C612
128 GB PC4-17000 DDR4 2133 MHz. 256 and 512 GB upgrades available
OpenSUSE Linux LEAP server
Symantec Ghost
Hard Drive Storage
100 TB internal RAID array (80 TB RAID 6, 10 x 10TB drives)
BD-R/BD-RE/DVD±RW/CD±RW Blu-ray burner, dual-layer combo drive
2 port Intel 10 GbE network adapter (RJ45 copper)
Expansion / Connectors
4 USB 2.0 ports
9 USB 3.0 ports
1100 Watt modular power supply
4U rackmount
FRED-RM Module
Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4 GHz Hex Core CPU, 15 MB cache. 8 and 10 core upgrades available
Intel X99
32 GB PC4-17000 DDR4 2133 MHz. 64 and 128 GB upgrades available
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
OpenSUSE Linux
Symantec Ghost
Hard Drive Storage
Database/Cache/Temp – 256 GB SSD SATA III
Many drive options available
Drive Bays
2 x native SATA, shock mounted, removeable
1 x hot-swap USB 3.1 connected SATA, shock mounted, removeable
Optional IDE tray available
BD-R/BD-RE/DVD±RW/CD±RW Blu-ray burner, dual-layer combo drive
Forensic Imaging / Write Blocking

UltraBay 4d forensic bridge – write blocks SATA, SAS, IDE, USB 3.0/2.0/1.1, FireWire, and PCIe SSD storage devices.

Touch screen UI support local, on-screen access to device information:

  • Storage media details
  • LUN selection
  • Management of protected regions
  • File system partitions (independent of OS)

Supports simultaneous and sequential forensic imaging. Hot swapping on all but PCIe devices

Drive Cooling
Retractable imaging work-shelf and cooler
Media Card Reader
DI Forensic Media Card Reader – user selectable RO/RW
Dual Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet adapters
1 port Intel 10 GbE network adapter (RJ45 copper)
Expansion / Connectors
2 eSATA 6 Gb/s ports
4 USB 2.0 ports
11 USB 3.0 ports
3 USB 3.1 ports
2 USB 3.1 Type C ports
Storage Controllers
8 x Intel 6 Gb/s SATA controller
1 x Intel SATA express
1 x Intel M.2 x 4 PCIe Socket
1 x ASMedia SATA Express
2 x ASMedia eSATA 6 Gb/s ports
Realtek ALC2250 8-channel high definition audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
1100 Watt modular power supply
4U rackmount
Base Internal RAID
Master Unit – 160 TB RAID array module (140 TB RAID 6)
16 bay, 3U rackmount RAID enclosure (multilane SAS attached)
16 – 10 TB 7200 RPM HDDs in hot-swap removeable trays
Upgrades from 10 TB HDDs available
Dual redundant 460 Watt power supplies
3U rackmount
Network Module
10 Gigabit copper
1 fully managed, line-rate 10G copper Base-T switch.
Supports up to 48 10G Base-T RJ45 and 4 SFP+ ports
Patch Panel
Two (2) 24 port CAT 6A for a total of up to 48 panel ports
Two (2) x 25 x 1 ft. for a total of 50 cables
6U rackmount
Display / Access Module
Monitor / Keyboard
19 inch LCD rackmount display with integrated keyboard / trackpad
8 port KVM switch with IP remote access
KVM cable set – 2 USB, 1 P/S2
2U rackmount
System Backup Module
Tape Changer
LTO-7 Ultrium Drive, 16 slot library, SAS interface
Media Set
LTO-6 media
15 data media cartridges (2.5TB / 6.25TB capacity)
Yosemite server backup
2U rackmount
FREDC System Management Utilities
Workstation Prep
FCCInstall – prepare a stock workstation for use with FREDC Data Center
Image Management
DIWIMS – create and maintain functional images of workstations
Drive Mapping
NetLogon – Forensic workstation drive mapping and time sync
Disaster Recovery
DIDRE – “Bare metal” recover of the server to a known good state
SMS Communications
Notifies designated parties of a system warning or critical event via SMS text

The following modules are available as upgrades for FREDC.

FREDC Optional Modules
Additional add-on RAID storage, increments of 160 TB when using 10TB HDDs.
3U rackmount
Database server for FREDC.
4U rackmount
FREDC AD Lab Server
Database server configured for AccessData Lab Software.
4U rackmount
Virtual Machine Server.
4U rackmount
GPU Powerstation
GPU based decryption module. Includes 4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics acceleration cards.
4U rackmount
FRED-RM Workstation
FRED Forensic Workstation.
4U rackmount
Dual CPU processing module for distributed processing.
1U rackmount

What our customers are saying

Rick lee
Rick Lee
Digital Forensics Consultant
SaskTel Business Solutions
We’ve been using Digital Intelligence hardware for 15 years and the FRED C Data Center for over 10 years. The FRED C Data Center is the core of our Digital Forensic network and has worked very well for us...We will be continuing to use Digital Intelligence hardware in the future.
Francis brackin
Francis Brackin
Computer Evidence Specialist III
Onondaga County Center
for Forensic Sciences
We've relied on Digital Intelligence and the FREDC Data Center as the backbone of our forensic operation since 2010. In that time we've come to appreciate and depend on the Digital Intelligence team's expertise, responsiveness, and professionalism.
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Mike Carpenter
Criminal Investigations Division
Waukesha Police Department
Our FREDC Data Center installation went flawless. The Digital Intelligence team has this product dialed-in. Our installation was completed in one day. We were running cases on our new FREDC by the end of day two.

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