Crystal Group and Intel® Accelerate Infrastructure to Tackle Data-Intensive Workloads

Crystal Group and Intel modernize data ecosystems to boost performance, reliability, scalability, and flexibility while reducing footprint and power consumption.

Hiawatha, IA, USA, September 14, 2017 – Crystal Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, and Intel® are partnering to accelerate data-handling infrastructures everywhere with revolutionary 2nd Gen Intel 3D NAND solid-state drive (SSD) technology in Crystal Group rugged and reliable server, workstation, and storage systems.

To help meet rapidly growing data demands and ensure fast, reliable access to critical information, Crystal Group is pairing its high-performance hardware with Intel’s new Solid State Drive Data Center (SSD DC) family for data centers in all sizes and environments, including fixed-site, remote, and mobile applications across aerospace, defense/military, industrial, and commercial markets.

Crystal Group products have been integral to a wide variety of mission-critical and high-availability data center modernization projects, ranging from remote power stations to shelters on ground combat vehicles to shipboard networks. These same trusted, rugged and reliable systems are now available with the latest Intel SSD DC solid-state drives with high-density 2nd Gen Intel 3D NAND technology, including the new P4500, P4600, S4500, and S4600 Series.

Designed for the most challenging and data-intensive workloads, Intel SSD DC P4500 and P4600 Series high-performance, high-bandwidth SSDs feature an all-new controller, unique firmware, and the PCI Express (PCIe)-based Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) host controller interface/storage protocol. NVMe brings data directly to Intel Xeon processors to achieve fast input/output operations per second (IOPS), increasing performance and reducing latency for near-real-time results, and enhances reliability with power-loss detection and soft-error mitigation.

The Intel Volume Management Device (VMD) integrated performance accelerator provides “hot plug” capability to help minimize interruptions during drive swaps and maximize uptime and serviceability. P4500 and P4600 Series SSDs are now available in half-height/half-length add-in card and U.2 2.5-inch form factors in 1TB, 1.6TB, 2TB, 3.2TB, and 4TB capacities

The new Intel SSD DC S4500 and S4600 Series help to preserve legacy infrastructure while speeding and streamlining the transition, in whole or part, from legacy hard disk drives (HDDs) to solid-state drives (SSDs).

The move to Crystal Group computer hardware with Intel SSDs brings greater storage capacity and speeds, increased stability and ruggedness, reduced power consumption and heat dissipation, critical redundancy and failover protection, and enhanced mean time between failures (MTBF) compared to HDDs.

“For more than a decade, Crystal Group’s singular focus has been on delivering robust, responsive, rugged and reliable systems engineered to last, even in the most demanding applications and environments. That’s why the new Intel SSD Data Center Family – engineered specifically for performance, reliability, and endurance – is the perfect addition to Crystal Group’s portfolio of proven, capable solutions,” says Chip Thurston, Technical Director and Chief Architect at Crystal Group in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Crystal Group’s full line of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom-engineered Rugged Server, Embedded Computer, and Rugged Storage solutions are now available with Intel’s latest advances in storage and processing technologies, including the Intel SSD DC Family and Xeon Scalable Processors.


About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901); are backed by warranty (5+ year) with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company’s Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards.


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