Enterprise Modular 2U Short Rack, Total Rack Server/Switch/NAS/Flex I/O
- 2U high, 19-inch air-cooled rack mount server
- Dual socket Intel® Xeon® E5 v4, 22 Cores each CPU
- 1 TB DDR4 with ECC, 2133 MT/s
- 7 modular, hot-swap subsystems, VPX-based
- GMS FlexIO backplane, PCIe Gen 3 at 8 Gbps (20 Gbps-capable)
- Ethernet up to 6x 40GbE (fiber or copper), 2x 10GbE, 22x 1GbE
- Layer 2/3 intelligent Ethernet switch; Cisco® ESR 5921 router
- 12x SAS-3, SATA III, NVMe (PCIe 3) drive trays (up to 144 TB)
- Hardware RAID: 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, plus Intel RSTe software RAID
- Hardware direct-to-disk encryption for Mass Storage drives
- 2x USB 3.0, HDMI console video (no audio)
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 (no DisplayPort) with Power Delivery
- FlexIO™ four-slot x16 PCIe card cage
- XPANSE™ module extends FlexIO™ external to Apex
- 3x N+1 redundant 3U VPX 600 W (max) power supplies, AC/DC with charging
- Built-in APU hold-up for graceful shutdown, suspend-to-disk
- BMC for fan, temp control, IPMI-based out-of-band management
- TPM 2.0 for secure root-of-trust and crypto key authentication
Internal Storage for OS
- M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0, via removable drive tray. (Up to 2 TB as of February 2018)
- 12x drive trays supporting PCIe 3.0 NVMe, SATA III, and SAS Gen 3 (Up to 96 TB using 8 TB NVMe)
- Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and custom
- Controller-side encryption for self-encrypting (OPAL), FIPS-197 and FIPS-140-2 HDD and SSDs
- Software RAID via Intel RSTe; hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50
- 4x PCIe Gen 3 x16 COTS card slots, 5x SAM I/O PCIe-Mini 1x XMC/M.2
- XPANSE™ module (replaces COM module) with two iPass™ connectors for PCIe Gen 3 FlexIO™ backplane
- expansion to separate expansion chassis (example: One Stop Systems™ 4UV, CUBE or ExpressBox)
- 2x 40 GbE on CPU, 2x 10 GbE on COM; up to 4x 40 GbE on XPANSE™ replaces COM module), 22 1 GbE on COM
- Integral 22 port intelligent switch with Layer 2/3 routing (40 GbE ports can be copper or fiber)
- 22 Ethernet ports support Power over Ethernet+ (POE+), 25 W per port (150 W total)
- Cisco® ESR 5921 embedded router on 4 of 22 Ethernet ports
- 1500 W max via 3x 600 W hot-swap 3U VPX modules, organized as N+1 redundancy;
- AC and DC available; smart charging for optional APU
Aux Power Unit
- Supports power hold-up to enable orderly shutdown or suspend; available in Li-Ion, lead acid, other chemistries
- All sub-systems swappable and modular
- Blade-based motherboard replaceable and upgradeable to next-generation scalable Intel® Xeon® platform
- Removable SSDs can be encrypted; available as SAS-3, SATA III, and NVMe
- Front panel cover LEDs provide visible system health status
Apex: The “Forever” Server System
Apex, by General Micro Systems (GMS), is a revolutionary 2U short rack (22-inch) modular blade server system designed for subsystem modularity, maximum performance at Gen 3 speeds (8 Gbps), flexible add-in, and add-on options—all based upon VPX interconnects with military system reliability. Applied to defense, high-reliability, or enterprise applications, Apex replaces up to 17U of equipment in a mere 2U height yet still offers the ultimate RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability) in a single-box delivering total-rack performance.
Single-Chassis for Virtual Peripherals, Plus Extension Chassis
Properly configured, the server runs bare metal virtual machines, virtualized networks, and software-defined storage.
The latest 22-core Intel® Xeon® E5 v4 processors are coupled with up to 1 TB of DDR4 RAM for a massive 88 virtual machines (VMs), high-performance cache look-up and database transaction processing. GMS’s patent-pending internal FlexIO™ multi-dimensional switch fabric matrix pipes data at 8 Gbps wire speed to all of Apex’s modules simultaneously to maximize transaction processing, packet processing or storage IOPS.
Software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage (SDS), and network functional virtualization (NFV) are handled all in one box and in a mere 2U—making Apex the most space- and energy-efficient server on the market. Onboard 10 and 40 Gb Ethernet ports are the industry’s fastest.
FlexIO™ Multi-dimensional Backplane
This generates massive CPU capability, IOPS and transaction performance unheard of in a typical 2U form factor. Apex is more like a supercomputer on a single rack shelf. FlexIO™ extends outside of Apex at 8 Gbps to external chassis where additional modules can be added for more processing, storage, networking and custom I/O. The FlexIO™ cable plant is capable of speeds up to 20 Gbps, ready for technology insertion when it becomes available.
Subsystem Modularity; System Management
Performance enhancements, different memory sizes, and disk types can all be changed as the data center and workload needs evolve. For example, SAS-3 drives can be replaced with newer PCIe Gen 3 NVMe drives with an instant drive tray exchange. The system reconfigures on-the-fly. Of course, with Apex the industry’s fastest NVMe drives are standard. Hardware RAID is built into the Mass Storage module; the system I/O module uses software RAID.
The Mass Memory subsystem, with hardware encryption and hardware RAID (0, 1, 5, 10, 50) with eight removable drive bays is also itself removable as a transportable and encrypted unit. The system I/O subsystem, with four removable drives, is removable as a unit and supports software RAID and encryption. Also, an optional docking station allows the storage subsystems to be used stand-alone outside of Apex.
Dozens of in-system sensors monitor temperature, voltage and system health to a granularity unavailable in competing commodity servers. For example, individual smart fans report status via the onboard BMC and will spin up or down based upon pre-defined or programmable system profiles. This allows maximum cooling, minimum noise, or other workload/energy optimization. The BMC provides local and remote management plane out-of-band monitoring and control.
Powerful, Yet Backed-up
Intended for an N+1 redundant configuration, each module has the ability to work with the others to charge the optional APU. As well, Apex is unique by utilizing a single 12 VDC power rail to all modules that eliminates the power-wasting multi-voltages found in commodity servers. In effect, Apex packs more intelligent modules and performance in 2U but does it with less energy/U height.
The APU provides several minutes of hold-up, enough to provide a smooth system shut down during a power event. This is particularly useful as a back-up feature to a rack’s APU, adding a layer of redundancy and confidence to a SysOP via Apex’s “total rack” approach. The APU can be ordered with a variety of battery chemistries including Li-Ion and lead-acid.
More I/O Exceeds Expectations
Connecting to the Apex FlexIO™ PCIe Gen 3 backplane, the PCIe cage subsystem has four slots for full-size PCIe x16 add-in cards, double the number offered by commodity servers—if they offer slots at all. Available add-ins include: Fibre Channel, GPU, compute node GPGPU engines including the Nvidia P6000 Pascal business “deep learning” engine, and block chain hash engines.
The XPANSE™ module can be substituted for the Ethernet switch/router subsystem, providing two industry-standard iPass™ connectors and four QSFP+ sockets. Via iPass™, two x16 PCIe Gen 3 "pipes" connect external devices and expansion chassis to Apex’s FlexIO™ backplane. Each QSFP+ can be fitted with 10/40 Gb Ethernet for expansion and inter-rack communication.
Why General Micro Systems and Apex
These same characteristics for reliability, serviceability and long-life support are applied to Apex, creating the most reliable, dense and energy-efficient/cubic-inch 2U rack mount server in the market.
Maintenance, Warranty, Life-cycle
Additionally, an exchange upgrade credit is offered during the warranty period. If a newer standard module is available, the customer can exchange an existing module for a credit applied to the newer replacement module.
A standard annual maintenance contract is available that provides service and technical support for non-warranty items. Contact GMS for details.