Engineering

Server engineering is performed by a seasoned team of MBX platform engineers in Chicago and Silicon Valley. They work closely with customers and their software to turn performance goals into powerful hardware configurations that become production-ready server appliances. No matter what the challenge, when other appliance engineers say it can’t be done, MBX shows how it can be done.

MBX RIGHTSIZES YOUR SYSTEMS AND SPECIFIES THE RIGHT COMPONENTS FOR THE JOB

Server Engineering for Custom Servers

Whether it’s standard off the shelf, custom, or a combination of both, work with MBX to:

  • Stop over-spec’ing your systems with a commercially available server configuration “just in case.” — MBX platform engineers recommend the right components to optimize the hardware for your software’s performance.
  • Gain the advantages from a hardware-agnostic partner. — MBX is not tied to any specific hardware vendors for your server configuration, yet maintains strategic OEM relationships with top-tier manufacturers such as Intel, HP Enterprise, Dell, Supermicro, Seagate, LSI/Avago, and more.
  • Forge a relationship with your dedicated platform engineer who delivers engineering services for the life of your hardware program. — From prototype configuration, software integration, and testing through ongoing lifecycle management and platform re-engineering, they’re there every step of the way.
  • Tap into our engineering expertise as an extension of your development team.— When there’s heavy lifting to be done above and beyond standard engineering, such as custom research, advanced testing, or compliance and certification, the MBX engineers can take on fee-based projects for your ad hoc needs.

Standard engineering services provided to every MBX customer include:

  • Server hardware configuration and lifecycle management
  • Proactive lifecycle planning, research and recommendations
  • CAD design services with available 3D custom parts prototyping
  • Integrating your software image onto new hardware and maintaining image updates
  • Providing customers with a secure FTP to remotely log into systems for software testing
  • Physical system testing for things like power and heat consumption
  • Preparing custom scripts for burn-in testing after configuration
  • Tracking component failures and maintaining performance statistics
  • Setting up software licensing, serialization, and other identification per unit
  • Configuring BIOS, including custom BIOS with customer-specific settings as defaults
  • Testing engineering samples of pre-released hardware to integrate into platform refreshes

HOW HAVE MBX CUSTOMERS BENEFITED FROM HARDWARE OPTIMIZED BY THEIR PLATFORM ENGINEER?

  • 200% performance improvement in the storage subsystem of a network traffic analysis appliance, reducing the number of failure points and system cost
  • 50% improvement in memory performance of an email security appliance by rightsizing the processor and correcting the memory population, which reduced the footprint, system cost and operating expense
  • 60% reduction in failure rates of a content management appliance by reconfiguring with a new single RAID controller for efficiency and a solid state drive to remove latency issues for optimal performance
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