It goes without saying that where durability, stability and endurance are concerned, few organizations care quite as much about the products they deploy than the military. The term "Military-Grade" exists for a reason, after all. Rugged laptops are common there - they need to withstand dirt and an occasional bump - but what about servers? While it might seem a bit strange to picture a server being knocked to the ground or dropped from a flight - it is a very real possibility in the military. Thankfully, solutions for this do exist, with the latest coming from PC vendor NCS.
Called the Bunker XRV-5241, this 1U server is able to operate at altitudes between -45 - 10,000 feet and in temperatures of 0°C (32°F) - 50°C (122°F). Non-operating, those values extend to -40°C (-40°F) - 70°C (-158°F) and -45 - 25,000 feet. In the event of extreme humidity, the server can handle up to 95% at 35°C - a cringe-worthy environment, to be sure.
Perhaps most importantly, the XRV-5241 can withstand a drop of up to 1 meter. If it seems unlikely that someone would bump into a server, consider the fact that this rating means it could also be roughed around with - important in a hectic situation. Or, perhaps it could withstand the swift kick of an upset IT guy.
Specs-wise, the server can hold dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors, up to 256GB of memory (8 slots), up to 4 hard drives and comes equipped with a full complement of connectivity options, including Intel's i350 Gbit Ethernet and 40Gbit InfiniBand controller.
The Bunker XRV-5241 is one heck of a server, not only from a durability standpoint, but performance standpoint as well. I sure wouldn't mind having one of these hogging space in my house.
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