General Micro Systems, aka GMS, has launched two products aimed at the military space, and each adding significant capabilities to the battlefield. First is a 1U rackmount, multi-domain server and managed multi-port Ethernet switch/router that’s based on Intel’s Xeon E5 server CPU. The system is designed to lower cost, improve efficiency, and enhance battlefield network security.
The S1U401-MD Cyclone operates with two isolated domains (Red and Black), each of which offers a 6X improvement over traditional motherboard-based blade-servers, according to the company. Isolating Red and Black network domains to ensure security or designing for redundancy is normally handled by two chassis: one full depth box for each Red and each Black network domain. The S1U401-MD goes a few steps further, with two physically separate servers with PCIe Gen 3 backbones; two separate Ethernet multi-port switches with 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet ports on separate secure subnets; and two separate optional routers; eight encrypted RAID-ready removable Gen 3 speed NAS drives.
The second offering from GMS is the S402-LC/SW server system, an enterprise-class, mobile battlefield data center, housed in a compact, rugged chassis. It’s a fully sealed, low-cost, and small-size rugged conduction-cooled family of servers that are suited for either military/defense/aerospace environments or industrial and commercial platforms. Also based on Intel’s Xeon E5 processor, the self-contained system comprises a server, optional router, and multi-port switch plus network attached storage (NAS). And it all fits a ruggedized, conduction-cooled system that’s about the size of a laptop.
The 11.75- by 7.75- by 2-in. system consolidates multiple separate system functions onto one pc board, yielding a single-chassis multi-functional server at a price point that looks more “commercial” than “military,” although it operates over a range of -40° C to +85° C with no fans. It supports up to 256 GB of DDR4 memory with ECC and can hold up to four removable 2.5" SATA or NVMe SSDs. The S402-LC/SW can be ordered with Windows or Linux pre-installed, along with hypervisors from VMWare. Enterprise-class software routers from Cisco are also available.