There now exist new rugged servers of a whole new breed, by NSC Technologies.Â These guys are so rugged they can withstand some pretty serious environments and even be parachuted down into zones typically avoided.
The Bunker XRV-5241 is a 1U rack server designed for organizations such as the military and first responders that need servers in rugged environments. The server has been tested to meet U.S. Department of Defense specifications for environmental, temperature and shock requirements and has low emissions of EMF and does not require an EMF radiation shield.
Though the devices would require the extra protection of a case for parachute drops, that’s not a bad trade-off for having service in war zones, is it? And, it can endure temperatures from 32 – 122 F while running. ” Talk about rugged servers!” Simply amazing.
A rugged chassis is built around the server and the hard drives have been shock mounted, Callahan said. The server weighs 35 pounds (15.9 kilograms).
The server chassis is primarily made of thick steel constructed over two walls, and there are other “proprietary features” to protect the server from folding or bending over, Callahan said.
“In addition, to further protect the hard drives, we have a tool-less mechanism that prevents ejection or removal of the hard drive,” Callahan said.
Additionally, the electronic components have been secured to make sure nothing falls apart. A retention system allows expansion cards such as RAID controllers, network cards and graphics cards to stay in place. Add-on cards can easily fall out of place in the event of shock.
And while cooling would be required ultimately, this rugged server can withstand hours of hot temperatures with no air conditioning needed.
The two-socket server runs on Intel’s E5-2600 server chip, which is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. The server has eight memory slots to support up to 256GB of RAM. Other features include four storage slots, Ethernet LAN and PCI-Express 3.0 support.
The server is priced starting at US$3,699. It will be sold directly into the vertical markets.
Sounds like for certain applications like war zones or rough terrain where internet server access is currently difficult if not impossible, this rugged server could be well worth the money.Â We’ll be interested to see how it does.