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Radstone Computing - COTS

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Radstone Embedded Computing
: 03 January, 2007  (New Product)
Radstone claim to have been one of the earliest embedded computing companies to respond to the COTS challenge thrown down to the US military by Senator William Perry in 1994. Radstone saw, as Senator Perry did, that the use of commercial off-the-shelf products and practices would deliver substantial benefits to the armed forces.
Defense applications are consumers of processing power, of storage capacity and of network bandwidth and COTS products, driven as they are by the highly competitive and rapidly moving world of consumer electronics respond to these needs in a way that purpose-built military computing technology never could.

And just as performance, capacity and bandwidth are driven upwards by the commercial market, so price is driven downwards as competitors strive for market share. It adds up to substantial improvements in price/performance for military computing applications that enable every dollar spent to deliver more value.

COTS isn't just about price/performance, though. It's about interoperability, longevity, reduced risk, upgradeability, maintainability. Industry standards in both hardware and software all but guarantee long term interoperability: VME is perhaps the best example, although there are many others. The huge investments in COTS hardware and software architectures have delivered significant upgradeability over a similar length of time, while the existence of a computing infrastructure far beyond that of the armed forces delivers ongoing service, support and spare parts.

COTS delivers both the price/performance that military computing users need and also the lifetime cost of ownership.
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