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Rugged, Battery-Powered Server from NextComputing Brings Local Cloud Computing to the Field

All-In-One, deployable server delivers virtualized computing resources to tactical operations centers

Nashua, NH (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

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:

●    Dense, small form-factor, rugged chassis (7.92" D x 17.53" H x 19.75" W) weighing less than 35 lbs.
●    Easy access to internal components for field service and upgrades
●    320W power supply with removable Lithium-ion battery pack
●    Intel Xeon® E3-1200 series Quad-Core processor
●    Up to 32GB DDR3 memory
●    Four (4) full-length, full-height PCI Express and PCI expansion slots for supporting off-the-shelf Gigabit, 10G, or Infiniband networking cards
●    Available with or without a built-in 17-inch widescreen, high-resolution (1920x1200) LCD monitor
●    Integrated Intel HD Graphics or discrete professional graphics solutions from NVIDIA® and AMD
●    Up to 6 terabytes (TB) of fixed or removable storage with multiple RAID options
●    Optional rolling case with telescoping handle or rugged MIL-STD-810F certified hard case

The Vigor EX-B is available now from NextComputing and its authorized resellers. Please call +1-603-886-3874 or email Sales(at)NextComputing(dot)com for more information.

About NextComputing

Based in Nashua, NH, NextComputing is a unique technology company specializing in extreme-performance portables and dense streaming rackmount computers. Its open-standards, modular systems are used throughout many industries for a range of professional applications including real-time 3D visualization, high-throughput data streaming, and high-end application demonstration. Visit http://www.nextcomputing.com for more information.

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