Altos Computing’s GM Sanjay Virnave Shares Insights on Servers, Security, and Sustainability


In an exclusive interview with TimesTech, Sanjay Virnave, General Manager and Country Head of Altos Computing, delves into the diverse server offerings, security measures, and sustainability initiatives driving the company’s commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction.

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TimesTech: Can you provide insights into the types of servers Altos Computing offers and how they differ in terms of performance and capabilities?

Mr Sanjay: At Altos, we offer a wide range of servers designed to meet diverse needs and performance requirements. Our server lineup includes Tower and Rack servers compatible with both Intel and AMD platforms. Within the Tower server category, we cater to educational institutions, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and branch offices with entry-level single-socket servers tailored to their specific needs. For more demanding workloads, we offer Tower servers equipped with Intel Scalable processors, boasting dual sockets, hot-swappable features, and redundant power supplies.

In the Rack server category, we provide options in 1U and 2U form factors, supporting both Intel and AMD processors. These versatile servers are suitable for hosting critical applications in data center (DC) and disaster recovery (DR) environments. Additionally, we specialize in GPU servers designed for AI/ML workloads, equipped to handle GPU-intensive applications, meeting the growing demands of artificial intelligence and machine learning tasks.

Our server portfolio is designed to offer a comprehensive solution, addressing the needs of a diverse user base across various industries, whether for entry-level requirements or high-performance computing needs. We have also started manufacturing servers and workstations in India under Make in India initiatives as we bring high-end manufacturing capabilities to India.

TimesTech: Given the critical nature of applications that require high availability and data protection, how does Altos Computing ensure the reliability and security of its servers?

Mr Sanjay: Our commitment to security is reflected in the advanced tools and features integrated into Altos Servers. This includes the implementation of the Silicon Root of Trust, which establishes a secure foundation in the hardware, ensuring a secure root of trust for the boot processes and overall system integrity. Additionally, we include the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in our servers, providing hardware-based security for cryptographic keys and safeguarding the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data.

To enhance security and facilitate effective out-of-band management, Altos Servers come equipped with the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC). This feature enables administrators to remotely monitor and manage server hardware, allowing for swift responses to potential issues without compromising system availability.

By integrating these advanced security measures into our server design, Altos Computing is dedicated to providing a resilient and secure foundation for critical applications. We prioritize meeting the stringent requirements of modern IT environments, where the protection of data and the maintenance of high availability are paramount concerns for our valued customers.

TimesTech: What energy efficiency features are included in Altos servers, and how can they help organizations reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint?

Mr Sanjay: We take pride in our commitment to energy efficiency, incorporating features that make a tangible difference in reducing energy consumption and lessening the carbon footprint for organizations. One of our key offerings is the integration of high-efficiency Power Supplies, meeting 80 Plus Titanium and Platinum standards across both Rack and Tower Servers.

The rationale behind opting for power supplies with such high efficiency is straightforward – the lower the power consumption and heat generation, the better for the overall system. Its not only results in cost savings by reducing energy usage but also enhances the longevity and reliability of the entire server system.

When organizations choose Altos Servers, they are making a conscious choice to embrace sustainability. Our servers not only deliver on performance expectations but also contribute to environmental responsibility by curbing overall energy usage.

TimesTech: With the growing demand for edge computing and IoT applications, how does Altos Computing address these trends, and what kind of solutions does the company offer to support these use cases?

Mr Sanjay: We understand the evolving landscape of IT demands, especially with the surge in edge computing and the proliferation of IoT applications. Our commitment to staying at the forefront of these trends is reflected in the design and optimization of Altos Servers, specifically tailored to address the most demanding workloads across diverse IT environments.

From AI to Edge Workloads, High-Performance Computing, Data Analytics, and traditional Enterprise Workloads, Altos Servers are engineered to excel in these domains. We recognize that these applications require not just power but efficiency, and that’s precisely what we deliver. Our servers provide power-efficient solutions coupled with improved performance and expandability to meet the unique challenges posed by these dynamic workloads.

With edge computing and IoT applications, where agility and responsiveness are paramount, we offer a suite of solutions that not only keep pace with the evolving landscape but also provide the reliability and performance required for success. We’re not just addressing trends; we’re shaping the future of computing to empower organizations in navigating the complexities of today’s IT environments.

TimesTech: Could you elaborate on the partnerships that Altos has with other technology vendors and service providers? How do these collaborations benefit Altos Computing’s customers?

Mr Sanjay: Our partnerships extend across the spectrum, encompassing all major technology providers globally. This includes a comprehensive range of offerings on both Intel and AMD platforms, complemented by the power of NVIDIA GPUs. This amalgamation of technologies allows us to offer optimal solutions for diverse use cases, from Data Center and Cloud Computing to High-Performance Computing, Edge Computing, and the intricate realms of AI and Data Science.

Furthermore, our alliances with industry giants such as Microsoft, RedHat, and VMware play a pivotal role in accelerating the IT transformation for our customers. These collaborations enable us to provide robust solutions that align seamlessly with evolving industry standards and customer requirements.

Continuing our collaboration with key technology partners is integral to our approach. It serves as a conduit for innovation, allowing us to bring the latest technological advancements to market. This dedication to collaboration and innovation translates into tangible benefits for our customers, ensuring they have access to state-of-the-art solutions that propel their IT infrastructure forward.

TimesTech: In a competitive market, how does Altos Computing differentiate itself from other server providers in terms of performance, reliability, support, and cost-effectiveness?

Mr Sanjay: In the competitive server market, Altos distinguishes itself by prioritizing performance, reliability, support, and cost-effectiveness. Our servers are carefully designed to deliver competitive performance, catering to diverse workload requirements with advanced processors, memory options, and optimized storage technologies. We prioritize reliability through stringent quality control measures, redundant components, fault-tolerant features, and robust cooling systems, minimizing downtime for our customers.

Comprehensive support is a cornerstone of our commitment, offering technical assistance, troubleshooting, and maintenance contracts. Our support team is trained to address concerns promptly, ensuring minimal disruptions and maximizing uptime. Altos positions itself as a cost-effective provider, offering competitive pricing without compromising on quality and performance. Scalability and flexibility are integral, with expandability features allowing organizations to scale their infrastructure as needed, contributing to long-term cost-effectiveness. Additionally, our commitment to innovation and technology adoption ensures that Altos servers stay at the forefront of advancements, providing optimized solutions in performance, energy efficiency, and security.