|Rugged, Battery-Powered Server from NextComputing Brings Local Cloud Computing to the Field|
|Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:40|
All-In-One, deployable server delivers virtualized computing resources to tactical operations centers
NASHUA, N.H. – NextComputing, a leading provider of portable workstations and dense, small-footprint servers, announces a new rugged portable server solution for forward deployed military environments or any remote location that requires enterprise computing resources. The Vigor EX-B is NextComputing's first completely battery-powered and fully mobile rugged server, able to run on its own internal power for up to 4 hours. Designed to support tactical operations centers and other mission-critical environments, the Vigor EX-B is the ideal platform for delivering virtualized "local cloud" computing services to multiple users in a remote setting.
As cloud computing continues to grow across multiple industries, off-site operations are often seeking solutions to provide these types of services in the field. While traditional rackmount servers can do the job, these systems and their associated rack infrastructure – including power conditioning, switching, KVM, etc. – are often impractical in a tactical environment where size, weight, power and mobility are important factors. Electrical power is usually unreliable in these situations, and a typical UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) can only run a server for a very short period of time. And though laptops are usually the preferred platform for client systems, these computers are not up to the task of running multiple concurrent applications and operating systems with virtualization – a requirement for deploying cloud services.
NextComputing solves these problems with the Vigor EX-B. Most importantly, the system is designed from the ground up for portability, reliability, and performance. The server's rugged anodized aluminum chassis with both interior and exterior rubber shock absorbers insures that the system will hold up to the rigors of field use. With its integrated Lithium-ion battery, the unit is able to run for up to 4 hours on battery power alone – unheard of in a server. The Vigor EX-B is also based on Intel® Virtualization Technology, including full support for VMWare® and other hypervisor platforms. Lastly, to ensure security of sensitive data, the system supports Intel's Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology, a growing requirement for many defense and intelligence programs.
Vigor EX-B technical specifications: