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March of Military Network Technology Continues

The industry’s lighter, compact and ruggedized network solutions are also coming with more cyber protections.

Originally Published in the November Issue of SIGNAL

As the military, including the U.S. Army, works to update network command systems, size, weight, power and capability improvements are central, especially when paired with cybersecurity protections. The network improvements provide key flexibility and operations for tactical missions and command posts.

Hurricane server
The technology industry is working to provide the military with secure network components that are ruggedized, yet smaller in form factor, such as the “Hurricane” storage server from General Micro Systems. Photo Credit: GMS Inc.

For the modern battlefield, the industry is aiming to offer technologies that are quick to set up, ruggedized and cyber protected. General Micro Systems Inc. recently released its Ultra-Compact 1U Rackmount Secure Storage Server, known as the "Hurricane." The server uses Intel's 22 core Xeon E5 v4 server central processing unit (CPU). The system is able to move data between drives, the CPU and Ethernet ports with a total bandwidth of 376 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), the company says. “[The Hurricane] has highest levels of security, encryption and crypto key control available,” posits Ben Sharfi, CEO and chief architect of General Micro Systems. “It's simply the best of the best for rugged, space-constrained applications, and at a lower cost than many would pay for the just the server alone.”

The encrypted high-speed storage has removable encrypted media that enables exchange of classified material. And the redundant array of independent disks helps prevents data loss, Sharfi adds. “Should a drive or group of drives fail, data is protected, encrypted and most importantly, recoverable."

February 5, 2018

Kimberly Underwood

By Kimberly Underwood
Senior Editor, Signal Magazine