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Navy League 2017: Mercury Systems adds rugged server to family

04 April 2017

Mercury Systems introduced its new Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is ruggedised and built using a fully certified design and manufacturing chain to ensure that the hardware and software have not been tampered with.

Mercury Systems has introduced the HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is rugged and includes a fully trusted supply chain. The server is also designed to prevent reverse engineering of components. This will enable systems fitted with the rack server to meet US DoD export directives for FMS programmes. (Mercury Systems)Mercury Systems has introduced the HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is rugged and includes a fully trusted supply chain. The server is also designed to prevent reverse engineering of components. This will enable systems fitted with the rack server to meet US DoD export directives for FMS programmes. (Mercury Systems)

Additionally, because the HDS9624 is designed to be fielded in an aircraft, ship, or ground station, it has been built to protect against reverse engineering of sensitive components if the system were to fall into an adversary's hands.

"That is the most unique feature of our new servers," Richard Jaenicke, director of strategic marketing for Mercury Systems, told Jane's on 3 April at the annual Navy League Sea-Air-Space exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland.

"You can't find that feature other than in highly customised old processing systems," he said.

By building the security into the system to begin with, not only does a customer get modern processing power, but they get a system that meets the US Department of Defense's (DoD's) directive 5200-44 for Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted Systems and Networks, Jaenicke said.

Being designed to prevent reverse engineering also makes the HDS9624 ideal for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or direct commercial sales.

Mercury Systems was driven to make their server secure from reverse engineering by the desire of their customers who were looking to export systems, Shaun McQuaid, director of product management told Jane's .

"We are trying to give them a platform that enables them to actually take advantage and capture that export based revenue," McQuaid said. "Without that capability in place it is not a viable solution. When you are exporting technology, you have to have a security plan in place. That security is the biggest selling point."

The other aspect of Mercury's newest server is the unique combination of rugged and trusted, Jaenicke noted.

"All of our systems are designed, manufactured, assembled, and tested in [Defense Microelectronics Activity] certified facilities," he said.

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