Common Module System X08 Blade Servers

Sept. 29, 2023
The rugged CMS X08 delivers a plug-n-play infrastructure model for tactical platforms operating at sea, on land, or in the air. It eliminates vendor lock-in, simplifies tech refreshes, reduces costs, and accelerates workloads. OCP openEDGE compatible.

Bringing open hardware to the edge

Accelerate deployments with the interoperable, open standards-based CMS X08

Modern applications demand bleeding-edge silicon; users demand more processing, more bandwidth, and more capabilities. The Common Module System (CMS) X08 answers these demands through a modular, extensible, and open standards-based platform along with a standard board-to-module, module-to-rack, and rack-to-system interface.

Designed for networking, virtualization, big data, and signals intelligence workloads, Mercury's CMS X08 drives the world’s most critical applications.

  • Accelerate development Rapidly test, prototype, and deploy IT infrastructure 
  • Eliminate complexity Create compute-, storage-, and network-optimized systems with common server elements
  • Break vendor lock Expand supplier choice and future-proof your architecture through Open Compute Project (OCP) openEDGE
  • Maximize density Shrink legacy rackmount deployments by 33% with half-width compute modules 
  • Crush bottlenecks Tackle spiraling data bandwidth requirements with modern protocols like 100-400 G Ethernet, PCI Express Gen 5.0, and Gen 5 NVMe
  • Survive at the edge Bring data center capabilities to the field with the only OCP-based platform designed to MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-167-1


Technology and Options

  • Lightweight 1U-3U chassis with 18" depth, fitting up to 6 compute-, storage-, or network-optimized blades
  • Compatible with Open Compute Project (OCP) openEDGE ecosystem
  • Supports a 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (formerly Sapphire Rapids)
  • Integrates a NVIDIA H100 GPU
  • PCIe Gen 5.0 architecture
  • Supports 100-400 Gb Ethernet, Gen 5 NVMe, DDR5 

Testing and Manufacturing

  • Designed and tested to military and industrial environmental standards
  • Server designs and customer information protected by Mercury’s DFARS 252.204-7012- and NIST SP 800-171A-compliant IT infrastructure
  • Designed, tested, and manufactured in AS5553-compliant, AS9100D- and ISO9001-certified U.S. facilities


Module Mainboard

  • Mercury Systems rugged motherboard
  • Single socket E (LGA-4677)
  • 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor
  • 8 DIMM slots, 1 DPC, 4800 MT/s ECC DDR5
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
  • Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC)

Module Input/Output (I/O)

  • (1) USB 3.1 Type A port (5 V/900 mA)
  • (1) Mini display port (1920x1080)
  • (1) IPMI port (RJ45)
  • (1) Debug port (USB Mini-B)

Module OS Support

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Windows Desktop & Server
  • VMware ESXi

Module Management

  • Redfish and IPMI 2.0 support
  • Dedicated IPMI port 

Chassis Management

  • Dedicated RMC for multi-node control
  • RMC may be excluded to airgap nodes

Chassis Form Factor

  • 1U, 1-slot, 18" depth (CMS000-1U18F)
  • 2U, 3-slot, 18" depth (CMS000-2U18F)
  • 3U, 5-slot, 18" depth (CMS000-3U18F)
  • Front I/O, front-to-back airflow
  • Reverse airflow option available

Chassis Power

Option 1:

  • 2400 W 120-240 VAC
  • Dual redundant N+1 power supplies
  • MIL-STD-461G, CE102, above and below deck
  • MIL-STD-461G, RE102, below deck

Option 2:

  • 2000 W - 48 VDC
  • Dual redundant N+1 power supplies

Chassis Accessories

  • 1U rail kit for 4-post threaded racks
  • 2U/3U rail kit for 4-post threaded racks
  • Rail kits are compatible with cabinets and transit cases up to 23" depth

Environmental (Operating)*

  • Shock
    • MIL-STD-810H
    • Half sine pulse
    • 30 G, 20 ms, 3 axis
  • Vibration
    • MIL-STD-167-1A
      • Sinusoidal sweep and dwell
      • 4-33 Hz
    • MIL-STD-810H
      • Random vibration
      • 10-2000 Hz, 4.75 Grms
  • Altitude
    • MIL-STD-810H
    • 0-15,000 ft
  • Temperature
    • 0°C to 55°C at sea level
  • Humidity
    • MIL-STD-810H
    • 5-95% RH, non-condensing
    • Conformal coating available


  • Mercury Systems 3-year warranyExtended warranty available

See datasheets below for more details including module specifications

* Mercury Systems designs all products to meet or exceed listed data sheet specifications. Some specifications including I/O, weight, and thermal profiles are configuration dependent. Contact Mercury for information specific to your desired configuration requirements.


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Deep Learning (DL)
  • Big Data Analytics
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • 5G
  • Virtualization
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Image Processing
  • Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Industrial Automation