Public Sector Case Study

spanish navy s-80 submarine

Arxys recently completed a multi-year, global contract supplying the Spanish Navy’s S-80 submarine program.

Arxys (under its OEM brand Cutting Edge Networked Storage) provided a ruggedized high-performance Data Mass Storage Unit (DMSU) utilizing six, 2 Terabyte quick disconnect data modules. The DMSU had to pass exhaustive military environmental and operational testing standards before being accepted by the Spanish Navy.

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Build a ruggedized Command and Control high performance server that can operate in the most extreme environments, in a Spanish Navy S-80 Submarine. They needed an extreme environment ruggedized server to control the central functions of the submarine. One of the more interesting requirements was that the DMSU had to operate flawlessly while being sprayed with a continuous stream of water (simulating an underwater hull breach).

The challenges of a Command and Control System Server were compounded by the extreme environment requirements of operating in a battle ready submarine. The solution had to be extremely ruggedized and designed to perform per numerous MIL-SPEC standards including salt-fog, shock and vibration, and acoustic operations. These requirements meant a customized rugged enclosure and unique solutions to meet the specifications under budget.

The contract was awarded in September of 2012. There were delays in the Spanish Navy’s Submarine program due to weight issues with the submarine resulting in the program lasting much longer than originally anticipated. General Dynamic’s Electric Boat division was contracted to deal with weight distribution issues in early 2013.  The first submarine was found to be too heavy by 75 to 100 tons. See article for details.


The Spanish Navy installed a ruggedized, extreme environment server system running on advanced Arxys | Intego XE Extreme Environment storage arrays for their Central Command system.

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The DMSU extreme environment ruggedized server system Arxys supplied to the Spanish Navy was based on open system architecture and the use of commercial off-the-shelf elements, (COTS), minimizing life cycle costs and allowing for flexibility in future upgrades. The solution is ruggedized and designed to perform per numerous MIL-SPEC standards including salt-fog, shock and vibration, and acoustic operations. The DMSU is a ruggedized storage server enclosure that can continue to operate in some of the most extreme environments.

Additionally, the custom developed Linux-based operating system allows for handling all of the incoming sensor high data rates, while the graphical user interface simplifies system management.

“We’re proud of our solution and look forward to supporting the S-80 program for many years.”, said Deborah Inman, President, of Arxys.

Arxys’ Software Orchestrated Storage solutions scale to fit the needs of today, while scaling for the future without forklift upgrades. Arxys delivers enterprise class speed with business efficiency and warranted business continuity all at the lowest TCO in the industry. Crafting storage solutions for more than 2,000 of the most demanding organizations for more than 25 years, Arxys has specialized in providing difficult data storage solutions for homeland security and defense-related applications.

"Arxys is an example of small business agility, perseverance, and innovation proving to be an advantage in winning contracts from a prime defense contractor.”

The Honorable Duncan D. Hunter

US Congressman.

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“The Milestone Solution Certification showed the Arxys | Shield – Prime delivered the highest HD camera counts (2,944 cameras) and the highest total camera throughput (3.6Gb/s) of any storage platform tested to date by Milestone Systems.”

Mike Tarras
Solutions Integration Engineer at Milestone Systems.

Massive capacity, high bandwidth, rock solid data protection, with all star service and support. That’s just some of the reasons we like Arxys Storage.

Cliff Pascas
Project Manager at Status Automation.

The Arxys NAS solution provided us the ability to seamlessly create significantly larger and more refined storage arrays. We now literally have the world at our fingertips. We haven’t had a moment of downtime. It just works.

Project Analyst at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

This new appliance provides a high performance purpose-built combination of hardware, software and imagery available to the GIS community and we are pleased to have Arxys as the manufacturer of this new portable solution.

Dean Garner
Solution Manager at ESRI inc..

If you are looking for well-designed and well-supported IP Camera based video surveillance storage solutions, and you need both extremely large capacity and reliability at a bid-friendly price, then you want to talk with Arxys. We have many 24/7 security installations running Arxys storage solutions.

David Kovacs
Division Manager at Status Automation.

The program that Arxys provided the 590TB’s of storage solutions for, had the challenge of breaking down interagency information, data discovery & sharing stovepipes and providing greater information sharing among all FSL & levels.

Curtis Miller
Programatic Lead at Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable (GIIEP).

Arxy’s flexibility allows easy export of multiple protocols like CIFS, HTTP, NFS and FTP, as well as integrating SNMP for remote monitoring and diagnostics. Coupled with ISS’s affordability and failover capability made Arxys the clear choice.

Dennis Bieling
Systems Integrator at Epigenomics.