Rugged servers: What do you mean 'stress-tested?'
by Brett Daniel, on Apr 3, 2020 2:36:01 PM
Durability, reliability and security are three key characteristics that every worthwhile, stress-tested rugged server should have. After all, you want your particular application, whether military, industrial, or commercial at heart, to be as consistent, stable and low-maintenance as possible.
Trenton Systems' rugged, rack mount servers are stress-tested to the extreme right here in the United States. We ensure that your 100-percent customizable server is able to withstand even the harshest of conditions on land, in air and at sea.But just what exactly does 'stress-tested' mean, and how does it guarantee durability, reliability and security in rugged computing?
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In the field of rugged computing, stress-tested computer servers meet certain military and industrial standards, including MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461 and MIL-S-901. Each of these standards tests for a specific purpose. The MIL-STD-461 tests for electromagnetic compatibility, while the MIL-STD-810 and MIL-S-901 test for environmental stress and high-impact physical shock, respectively.
Trenton's rugged servers not only meet these requirements, but our rack mount design offers you the ability to easily customize, replace or repair your server's parts. You just simply unscrew the necessary part from the bay and get to work. That way, you don't have to overhaul the entire system just to solve a minor issue.
Our test engineers can place over 100 probes on a board before the system is placed into our awesome oven for testing. The oven lets us control for the environment, while the probes report on temperature fluctuations. Our engineers then calculate the minimum and maximum temperatures for each component. Whether blazing hot or bone-chillingly cold, you're in business.
Trenton also tests for:
- Explosive atmosphere
- Acidic atmosphere
- Sand and dust
- Salt fog
- Fluid contamination
And much, much more.
Certain military and industrial environments are already stressful enough. With Trenton, you can leave the stress to us. Your particular application deserves a reliable rugged server that will let you and your team get back to focusing on the mission, not the machine.
Our systems are tested for months in our lab before they are released to the world. We test numerous operating systems to ensure that everything is good.
-Michael Bowling, CEO of Trenton Systems
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Stress-tested servers are tried-and-true machines with a long service life. Some rugged computers and components last, at best, three to seven years. That's pretty good, but why stop there?
We've all been there. We buy a computer that seems like it fits our needs, and after just a few years, it fails. Now we have to go out and buy another computer or drop our hard-earned money on an expensive repair or replacement part. Ugh. We at Trenton Systems are already stressed just thinking about it.
At Trenton, our average computer life cycle surpasses the industry average by 3.67 times. Our computers and components are built to withstand the test of time, lasting, on average, between 11 and 15 years, or what we at Trenton like to call "an entire decade and then some."
The result? No repeating the design, qualifying and certifying processes, and a hefty chunk of money saved. And that's money you can use to focus on what matters.
A shorter computer life cycle robs you of the hours that could have been allocated toward other opportunities. In terms of expanding your project scope, the opportunity cost becomes clear, quickly.
-Tony Oliva, Director of Information Technology at Trenton Systems
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Stress-tested servers wouldn't be worth their salt without tight security, especially given the increasingly complex efforts of hackers to steal, destroy or leak sensitive information.
Security breaches can be stressful and place immense strain on the server you spent money and time on perfecting. Trenton Systems stays abreast of the latest security technologies to ensure that this doesn't happen.
We constantly monitor for the latest security updates, and our engineers implement solutions quickly, whether related to our customizable BIOS, firmware, Intel's Manageability Engine or other technologies.
As always, customers may request additional security enhancements to fit their needs. Take a look at how Trenton Systems helped a military prime meet a United States Department of Defense security requirement here.
In addition, feel free to reach out to us with any questions and concerns about improving the security of your Trenton rugged server.
Stress-testing is a complex process that involves taking a rugged server and pushing it to its limits to ensure durability, reliability and security. Improperly stress-tested systems are at risk of failing physically and not meeting required military and industrial standards. When lives and national security are at stake, this is unacceptable.
Trenton Systems understands that its customers need a durable, reliable and secure rugged server so that they can carry out their duties without fear, worry and stress. Time and time again, Trenton has proven that its powerful military and industrial servers can withstand the test, and stress, of time.
Whether operating inside of a tank or powering an extensive surveillance system, Trenton Systems takes stress-testing seriously so that you can get back to what's important.