Phoenix International debuts SFF rugged NAS file server for airborne applications

Feb. 6, 2018
SAN DIEGO. Phoenix International Systems, a data storage technology provider in Orange, California, is introducing its Phalanx II rugged network attached storage (NAS) file server with removable solid-state disks for unmanned and manned aircraft during WEST 2018 in San Diego. 

SAN DIEGO.Phoenix International Systems, a data storage technology provider in Orange, California, is introducing its Phalanx II rugged network attached storage (NAS) file server with removable solid-state disks for unmanned and manned aircraft at WEST 2018.

The Phalanx II is a size, weight, and power (SWaP)-optimized and provides high-performance, high-capacity and secure data storage for unmanned aerial, underwater, and surface vehicles (UAVs, UUVs, and USVs) and manned airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. This small-form-factor (SFF) NAS weighs less than eight pounds, provides up to 16 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity with two solid-state disks (SSDs) and supports Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) 0 (mirroring) and RAID 1 (stripping). System configuration and management is provided via a convenient Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) or command line interface (CLI).

The Phalanx II houses two removable media modules (RMMs) which can be quickly removed to off load data and declassify the system. The RMMs can then be moved to separate locations and plugged into another Phalanx II NAS (or compatible ground station) on any other network. When used in conjunction with a network switch, the Phalanx II can communicate with another network-enabled device to store and retrieve data. This eliminates the need for separate direct-attached storage devices for each computer or workstation in a network-centric environment.

Data security is a key component to any mass storage application and the Phalanx II addresses this with optional support for AES-256 hardware and file level encryption, FIPS140-2 and hardware and/or software triggered data elimination.

The Phalanx II enables networked devices to share and store data using common network services: NFS (V3/V4), SBM/CIFS, FTP, TFTP, RSYNC, and SSH. It supports a variety of network-based file systems that allow multiple hosts to share and store information. Network connections are provided through four load balanced Gigabit Ethernet ports, and it can support dual optical (or copper) 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for low EMI susceptibility.

Major Features of the Phoenix International Phalanx II NAS:

  • MLC or SLC Solid State Disk devices
  • Intel Core i7 CPU
  • Video: 1x VGA, 2x or 3x DVI Video Output
  • I/O: 5x GigE, 2x 10GigE, USB 2/3, Serial (RS232/422)
  • Operational temperature from -40° to +71°C
  • Optional AES 256 hardware and file level encryption
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-704F/1275D

Phoenix International has been designing and building rugged data storage systems for any application – from Multi-Terabyte Fibre Channel RAID, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN) configurations to conduction-cooled plug-in VPX and VME solid-state-disk storage modules – since 1993.

Based in Orange, California, Phoenix International is an AS9100 Rev D/ISO 9001:2015 Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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