Military grade servers extended to enterprise industries

6th June 2017
Alice Matthews

General Micro Systems has announced that it is extending its MIL-SPEC server into non-defence markets where ruggedness and reliability, highest performance and lowest energy consumption in the smallest footprint are critical. Focusing on RAS - Reliability, Availability and Serviceability - the new GMS business initiative will bring the company’s military-grade 2U short-rack server system to demanding industry applications, including data centres, oil and gas, mining, healthcare and aviation.

Kevin Kryzda, GMS Chief Information Officer and Enterprise Business Development Director, will lead the new business, leveraging his extensive background in senior IT positions within government information systems organisations.

“With this new initiative, GMS is offering non-defense markets the advantages of server technologies from a company that has a long and proven track record for the highest reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS),” Kryzda said. “General Micro Systems’ server products were developed to meet the needs of the most demanding customers in the most demanding environmental conditions. Now, non-military customers can take advantage of these technologies to reduce costs, improve capabilities and grow their market share.”

Enterprise servers based on MIL-SPEC rugged S2U 'King Cobra' server technology
New server products for enterprise markets will be based on the S2U 'King Cobra' server, which replaces up to 15U of equivalent rackmount components in a 2U short rack (17" deep) configuration. The design optimises each sub-system for maximum performance, lowest power, highest efficiency thermal profile and modular replacement, making each subsystem scalable and upgradable with lower total cost of ownership. These technologies have been awarded or have pending 12 patents, which allows GMS to offer enterprise servers with new capabilities.

For demanding commercial markets, these technologies enable:

  • Reduced space required for computing resources, or increased density of computing resources that can be provisioned in a facility.
  • Lower energy consumption per unit of compute capability, which can also reduce total facility power, thereby improving the power usage effectiveness (PUE).
  • Deployment where existing computing solutions would be at risk of failure from exposure to vibration, dust, hazardous materials, heat or cold. Examples include:
    • Commercial aviation satellite connectivity and on-board infotainment
    • Portable high-performance medical applications
    • Onsite oil, gas or mining environments
    • Shipboard or airborne networks
    • High-reliability data centres

Kevin Kryzda to lead new initiative
Kevin Kryzda, who brings deep expertise in large government information services and networking projects in Martin County, Florida, will lead GMS’s push into enterprise, non-defense markets.

“Kevin’s management of Martin County’s high-bandwidth fiber build-out was instrumental to GMS’s successful expansion in South Florida,” said Ben Sharfi, CEO, GMS. “His vision and expertise in managing network growth will directly benefit customers who are looking for rugged server and enterprise equipment in our expanded target markets. He knows what the customer needs - he has ‘lived’ it."

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