Custom Built Solid State Computers Running Linux for Business Applications
CPU Solutions is a computer company based in Middleton, Wisconsin that specializes in producing custom built computer systems for home, office and business applications. CPU Solutions was ranked as one of the top 30 computer builders in the United States by CRN magazine in 2007.
The appeal of custom built systems that cater to business needs has not gone unnoticed as more and more businesses are having systems built to their specifications for unique applications. One example of this is the latest system that CPU Solutions has been building for clients, an affordable solid state computer with no moving parts.
While the idea of solid state computing has been around for many years, the price point has always been a deciding factor in a company’s purchase of the technology. At the request of a client, CPU Solutions set about designing a cost effective solution that would meet the requirements that the system have no moving parts.
The company opted for a solid state alternative to drive down the overall cost of their computers, by reducing the chance of failing parts. By taking moving parts out of the systems they have reduced the overall failure rates in the field which has saved the companies money in the long run.
“The computers we are producing are industrial quality builds that operate with low energy consumption” stated Carson Fulton, the founder of the company. “Without fans or moving parts we are increasing the lifespan of the systems. This will require less investment on behalf of the company as they will spend less to maintain their systems over time.”
He went on to state that recent price drops on flash memory, and solid state hard drives have contributed to an overall lower system cost. Because of the price drops, along with larger flash memory capacity and solid state storage the technology has become more practical for small businesses, allowing CPU Solutions to build very affordable solid state systems that can be scaled to any application.
The current model they are building is a “small form factor” PC (SFF) with an ITX motherboard that is designed to function under normal conditions without the need for fans. By replacing internal power supplies, hard drives and fans with emerging technologies CPU Solutions has designed an affordable solid state system for business.
“The systems are capable of running Windows or Linux, with Linux being the preferred operating system for our client. This creates even more useful applications for this type of low profile system because the customer can design their own software to run under Linux for applications like security monitoring, and remote management.”
The applications for these types of systems can range from kiosks, demo systems, building control units, and security systems to something as simple as a low noise media PC. Carson went on to mention “While the focus for this design was no moving parts, being a custom computer builder gives us the flexibility to design a system that meets any client’s needs. You ask for it and we will provide a solution to make it happen!”
Will solid state computers be the next big thing in computing? “It’s hard to say with the way the computer industry operates. We feel our systems showcase the potential for custom built computer solutions that will allow us to meet the client’s needs and budget. You are never limited to one configuration or use and that’s the great thing about white box computer systems.”
Whether or not solid state PCs are the next trend in computing, it is refreshing to see a company thinking outside the box. As technology evolves we find ourselves coming up with new ways to solve problems. As the name would imply, CPU Solutions seems to take this mantra to heart when designing computers for their customers.