Rugged Data Storage

Nov. 2, 2023
Boost AI at the Edge with Fast Access to Big Data. A New Paradigm for Enterprise-Class Storage.

The Rugged Data Storage (RDS) system delivers complete data access at low-latency, direct-attached speeds over secure, high-speed network connections with data center-caliber NVMe performance, eliminating bottlenecks and traditionally complex storage tiering.

First Affordable Universal Edge Network Storage Solution

The SWaP-optimized RDS system is the first ruggedized all-flash, scalable multi-petabyte data storage solution for deployment in operational environments, next to the data source. Powered by VAST Data software, benefits include innovative data reduction algorithms, such as deduplication, to maximize storage capacity. 


Featuring Universal Storage Technology from VAST Data

VAST's Universal Storage redefines resilience, flash economics, QoS and ease of management to enable one consolidated flash cloud for all your data. 


Sustainable and Scalable Architecture

  • Single-tier flash cloud powered by VAST Data universal storage software for low-latency direct access to all types of data with all-NVMe performance
  • Disaggregation commodity to simply scale compute power, networking, and storage capacity
  • Built-in redundancy for high reliability 
  • 10+ years of endurance
  • Advanced data reduction for unprecedented storage efficiency
  • Designed to meet multiple military standards including MIL-STD-810; 461; 167; 901


D-Box (Data Storage Box)

  • Gen 4 PCIe fabric
  • 8x storage class NVMe U.2 SSDs
  • 4x NVIDIA Bluefield DPUs, 22x 15 TB/30 TB E1.L rulers

Switch Box (Ruggedized Mellanox SN2100)

  • Dual 16-port QSFP 100 G Ethernet switches

C-Box (Container Computer Server Nodes)

  • RES HD XR6 Quad Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  • Total of 128 cores, 1 TB memory for 4 C-Node

Data Transfer Speed

  • Up to 40 GB/s read, 5 GB/s write
  • Up to 325 K read IOPS, 145 K write IOPS

Management and Operating System

  • Stateless containerized VAST Data management

Power Input

  • AC power 90-264 VAC, 47-63 Hz / DC power 28 VDC and -48 VDC options 

Removable Media

  • EDSFF E1.L NVMe rulers can be ejected individually or together in removable cannister
  • Two storage class NVMe U.2 per removable tray


  • Scale performance by adding C-boxes and storage capacity by adding D-boxes


  • Redundant compute/network nodes and power supplies throughput enable full access to data in event of node failures


  • Designed to meet MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-167 and MIL-STD-901



  • Height: 5U or 8.75" (222.25 mm)
  • Width: 17" (431.8 mm)
  • Depth: 22" (558.8 mm) or less
  • Weight (Typical): 230 lb 
  • 19" rackmountable

See datasheet for more details


  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Sensor fusion/processing
  • Signals intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Electronic warfare (EW)
  • Big data query engines
  • Video/image capture
  • HPC simulation
  • Deep learning training
  • Log analytics (Spunk, Elastic, etc.)
  • Online backup and archival (no more tiers)
  • Container storage interface (CSI) for K8S


  • Surface: ship, vehicle, mobile command center, energy rig, industrial factory, remote distributed data center
  • Subsurface: submarine
  • Air: wide-body fixed-wing aircraft