The "Forever" Server System

ENTERPRISE MODULAR 2U SHORT RACK,
TOTAL RACK SERVER/SWITCH/NAS/
FLEX VPX/GPGPU EXPANSION

KEY FEATURES

Modular approach

Groundbreaking Technology

Apex contains six hot-swap modules which minimize down-time through easy sparing. Instead of the entire server being the lowest unit for upgrade, with Apex each VPX-based module can be upgraded as technology or use needs change.

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.

Full Modularity

Six hot-swap modules specifically designed to minimize down-time through easy sparing. Each VPX-based module can be upgraded as technology or use needs.

FLEXVPX BACKPLANE

MIL-SPEC proven VPX architecture assures that all subsystems—including those outside of Apex’s chassis—communicate at a nominal 8 Gbps via PCIe Gen 3.

Unmatched Density

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.

100% American Made

All General Micro Systems products are proudly designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

like no other

Ultra-High Performance

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 FlexVPX™ 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.

88 VMs

Dual socket XEON™ E5 v4

1024GB

DDR4 DRAM with ECC

544 GBPS

BANDWIDTH

EXTREME DENSITY

A New Standard

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.
The Apex 2U server system is designed to do more than “check the boxes” on processor, memory and I/O requirements. Combining CPU, RAID NAS with direct-to-disk NVMe SSDs, Ethernet switch and router, APU, and PCIe add-in I/O into only 2U saves rack space while reducing the aisle load on power and cooling. Apex also “extends” outside the server’s box into other chassis—when there’s need for more I/O or algorithm processing—via the XPANSE™ module and FlexVPX™ backplane that closely couples together every subsystem within Apex.

PCI(e) Subsystem

Connecting to the Apex FlexVPX™ PCIe Gen 3 backplane, the PCIe cage subsystem has four slots for full-size PCIe x16 add-n cards (up to 500 W total). Available add-ins include Fibre Channel, GPU, compute node GPGPU and block chain hash engines.

6U CPU Module

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.

6U VPX COM Module

Includes dual 40GbE ports and dual 10GbE ports as the fastest connectivity to up/down-stream servers, switches and LAN pipes. An optional Cisco™ ESR 5921 router is available.

Power / Fan Module

Individual smart fans report status via the onboard BMC and will spin up or down based upon pre-defined or programmable system profiles allowing maximum cooling, minimum noise, or other workload/energy optimization.

SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Dozens of in-system sensors monitor temperature, voltage and system health to a granularity unavailable in competing commodity servers. The BMC provides local and remote management plane out-of-band monitoring and control.

POWERFUL, YET BACKED-UP

GMS-designed hot-swappable MIL-SPEC AC or DC 3U VPX power modules each delivering 600 W (max.) and designed to handle “dirty” power and also charge the APU battery.

MORE I/O EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

The system I/O subsystem, with four removable drives, is removable as a unit and supports software RAID and encryption. An optional docking station allows the storage subsystems to be used stand-alone outside of Apex.

STORAGE SUBSYSTEM

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.
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Award winning design solutions

General Micro Systems (GMS) creates exceptionally innovative products, trusted and deployed through 35+ years of credibility, hundreds of defense, industrial and medical customers, and thousands of successfully deployed systems. A trusted Intel® partner since 1986, GMS is the standard bearer in modular compute- intensive, highest I/O density, highest performance-per-volume, and rugged small form-factor embedded computing systems, servers, and switches.

GMS systems are ideal for demanding C4ISR defense, aerospace, medical, industrial, and energy exploration applications. GMS is an IEC, AS9100, and MIL-SPEC supplier with infrastructure and operations for long-life, spec-controlled, and configuration-managed programs. Our Quality Manual, certifications, and further documentation about our rugged infrastructure is available upon request.
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