Infinity Cube

 

 

 

 

INFINITY Cube heralds a breakthrough for the IT and communication infrastructure deployed onboard vessels, adding new, unique capabilities to the existing suite of INFINITY functionality.  It was first announced at the Posidonia 2014 exhibition and has been  commercially launched in September 2014. INFINITY Cube is the third member of Infinity product family, supplementing INFINITY and INFINITY Plus.

 

In order to meet the continuously growing requirements for easy, centralized management of vessels communication and IT infrastructures, INFINITY Cube introduces a new hardware platform to the INFINITY family. This is a 1U rack mounted server (node) with 64-bit Intel Xeon processor, large memory footprint, wide I/O bandwidth, hot-plug hard drives and hot plug power supplies. INFINITY Cube consists of two such nodes, configured to operate in an active – active cluster mode. In addition, the solution includes a number of peripherals and accessories such as a layer 3 switch, a UPS for securing power, and a rack in which all the equipment is safely mounted. The new hardware set up caters for any type of existing IP communication system onboard a ship, such as VSAT, FleetBroadband, Iridium Pilot, 3G modem/router, Wi-Fi router and separate business and crew networks across the INFINITY Cube switch.

 

The new INFINITY Cube platform provides high availability and a performance virtualization environment. This environment is available to the end users for hosting virtual machines of any operating system (e.g. Windows, Windows server, Linux distribution etc.) and then of course for installing applications such as Planned Maintenance Systems, Quality Management Systems, email systems, file servers and any other specialized software used onboard. As is the case with all INFINITY functions, the virtualization platform and the virtual machines hosted therein are managed via the unique centralized management and administration INFINITY console, the INFINITY Hub. INFINITY Cube, the new flagship in the INFINITY solution suite, allows for easy adoption of shore side IT paradigms into the demanding environment of ocean going vessels.

 

INFINITY Cube offers a two node high performance active/active cluster with the ability to detect any failure in system components such as the CPU, memory, hard disks or even in a complete node, and then perform all required actions to bypass it without disrupting the continuous operation of the software installed. INFINITY Cube is designed to minimize the presence of single points of failure and consequently minimizes system downtime and data loss. This ensures that both INFINITY services but also all end user critical applications installed in the virtual environment are available at all times, even in the event of hardware failure.

 

 

INFINITY Cube is designed to minimize the presence of single points of failure and ensures that both INFINITY services but also all end user critical applications installed in the virtual environment are available at all times.

 

Virtualization and Consolidation of the IT infrastructure

INFINITY Cube’s virtualization environment allows for the installation of any specialized critical applications used on vessels.
 

INFINITY Cube offers an extremely user friendly web management interface for the remote administration of all virtual machines.

 

At the same time, the consolidation that results from the removal of different, sometimes outdated, computers used onboard to host these applications, improves cost efficiency as it reduces maintenance and administration costs. Security is also increased.

 

Complete centralized management and administration.

With the new INFINITY Cube solution, access to all important IT and communication functions, including: routing and networking, firewalling, crew internet access and filtering, virtual machines and applications, is available through one common management console, the INFINITY Hub.

 

This completely centralized management allows IT administrators to perform their tasks more easily, without the need to communicate with those onboard or to involve the crew. The crew and especially the Master are no longer burdened with IT work which they are often untrained for, allowing them to focus on their tasks without having to struggle with the maintenance of software applications.

 

The remote access capabilities available to shore based staff for troubleshooting and maintenance also help reduce the need for technical attendances and thus reduces overall operating costs.

 

Easy deployment of new applications.

INFINITY Cube allows for the remote setup of new virtual machines and for the installation of software applications within them. Shipping companies will have the ability to easily deploy and test new software applications without sending new hardware/computers onboard, or arranging technician attendances.

 

Remote setup of new virtual machines and installation of new applications is now available, without the need to send new hardware onboard and arrange technician attendances

 

Remote onboard IT support

Part of the INFINITY Cube service will include remote onboard IT support from Navarino for all systems installed within the virtual environment.

 

Hardware Scalability

INFINITY Cube hardware provides scalable expandability. The scalable performance of the processors, the six DIMM slots for memory and its capacity for up to eight hard disks per node, ensures that the system can be configured to meet the most demanding requirements while being ready to cope with new requirements in future.

 

INFINITY is a versatile system and development of new features and applications is continuous. In the near future INFINITY Cube is scheduled to include:

 

  • Onboard Content Delivery, not limited to only movies and TV shows but also supporting high value services such as remote training and e-learning.
  • Desktop Virtualization, will be the next optional INFINITY Cube function that will enable the movement of applications from PCs onboard to the secure and completely managed environment of INFINITY Cube. Desktop virtualization will help to reduce PC maintenance and administration costs and will eventually replace them with low cost thin clients.