Stratus Introduces Powerful ftServer Platforms for Connecting Data from Edge to Core to Cloud

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ByCraig Resnick
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Stratus Technologies, an SGH company and a provider of Edge Computing platforms that support simple, Data from Edge to Core to Cloudprotected, and autonomous operations, announced the next generation of its Stratus ftServer fault tolerant computing platforms. Offering up to 25 percent greater performance, Stratus’ latest generation platforms are designed to deliver more CPU cores, increased processor power, and expanded networking connectivity. Stratus ftServer platforms are also designed to combine compute power, reliability, and virtualization, making them well suited for deploying advanced software and supporting edge-core-cloud data architectures.

Stratus ftServer Platforms Run Mission-Critical Applications with No Downtime

Companies are increasingly deploying complex software solutions at the edge to help improve efficiency, agility, and productivity as they modernize information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). This includes the building of edge-core-cloud architectures to connect edge operations with cloud services as a part of digital transformation initiatives. Stratus ftServer platforms provide a more reliable, simpler, and more serviceable compute platform that helps to ensure continuous availability of critical applications and services and helps companies realize the maximum benefit of these initiatives.

Backed by Stratus’ fault tolerance, proactive health monitoring, and support for simple, protected, and autonomous operations, the reliability, virtualization, and performance of Stratus’ ftServer platforms provide organizations with the ability to build edge-in architectures to help modernize infrastructure, improve productivity, and increase operational efficiency and visibility.

Enhancements of the 12th Generation ftServer Platform

The 12th generation Stratus ftServer platform is designed to strike a balance of power, performance, and reliability, making it possible to serve a range of organizations’ use cases. Enhancements include:

  • Updated Intel Xeon Processors – The latest ftServer platforms incorporate updated Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, supporting 2.3 GHz and 2.4 GHz speeds and 10 to 44 CPU cores, helping to increase performance across the platform for volume transaction processing as well as compute intensive workloads, such as AI and IoT.
  • Increased bandwidth for Storage Area Networks (SANs) – This 12th generation ftServer platform adds a 32 Gb Fibre Channel PCIe card, doubling the bandwidth available to help increase performance when connecting to SANs that are typical in most corporate data centers.
  • Expanded networking options – The ftServer platform has increased flexibility and performance with the addition of optional 10 Gb Ethernet in the Stratus ftServer 2920 platform via a new PCIe card that supports both copper and fiber/optical, allowing customers to use their preferred Ethernet technology.
  • Operating system support – The ftServer platform supports VMware vSphere 7.0.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8, and both Microsoft Windows Server 2022 and Windows Server 2019, providing customers with security enhancements and patching.

12th Generation Stratus ftServer Platform Configurations

The Stratus ftServer Platform is available in four configurations with several memory and disk storage options:

  • Stratus ftServer 6920 Platform – Stratus’ highest performing ftServer platform helps to increase serviceability, fault tolerance, and virtualization for the most rigorous data- and transaction-intensive use cases, including AI, ML, and payments processing. The Stratus ftServer Platform 6920 is suited for large data centers and other facilities requiring the highest levels of performance.
  • Stratus ftServer 6910 Platform – This currently available high-performing ftServer platform is suited for data-intensive or transaction-intensive applications in large remote plants or regional data centers.
  • Stratus ftServer 4920 Platform – Intended for medium-sized facilities, plants and remote offices.
  • Stratus ftServer 2920 Platform – Designed for running applications in smaller facilities, plants and shop floor locations.

Upon release, this new generation of Stratus ftServer platforms will support VMware vSphere 7.0. 

12th Generation Stratus ftServer Platforms Support a Wide Range of Use Cases

Enhancements to the Stratus ftServer platforms support both industrial use cases, such as industrial automation and smart manufacturing, and non-industrial use cases, such as payments processing, transportation management, and building automation, where downtime results in increased direct business costs and environmental or safety risk, and/or loss of reputation. The ftServer platform is designed to be easier to install by end users or systems integrators, meet IT requirements for interoperability, supportability, costs, and security, and is more easily managed by OT and/or IT.

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