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Fujitsu Upgrades Lineup of PRIMEQUEST Mission-Critical Servers

- Improves price/performance ratio by 6x while slashing power consumption by 1/3 -

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, March 31, 2010

Fujitsu announced that five models of the PRIMEQUEST 1000 series, the latest in its lineup of mission-critical x86 servers, will be available worldwide starting today.

PRIMEQUEST 1000 series servers are equipped with the latest 8-core Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, maintaining the same standards of reliability and availability as previous series(1), while at the same time improving the series' price/performance ratio by roughly 6x. In addition, by decreasing the physical size of the server—a reduction of rack space by 1/3 and weight by 1/5—Fujitsu has succeeded in cutting the series' maximum power consumption by approximately 1/3. The PRIMEQUEST 1000 series is being offered as a "Fujitsu Super Green" product, distinguishing it as a leading environmentally friendly product based on the Fujitsu Group's green assessment guidelines.

 PRIMEQUEST 1800E

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Equipped with an Intel processor and Linux® and Microsoft® Windows Server® operating systems, PRIMEQUEST, which combines Fujitsu's proprietary technologies for high reliability and availability, is the perfect open-system server for use in upgrading mission-critical business systems, large-scale database systems, or as an ERP solution platform. Furthermore, because of its compatibility with leading virtualization software, PRIMEQUEST exhibits strength as a trusted enterprise cloud computing platform, as well as in server consolidation and integration, which are effective in reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of ICT systems.

"Intel welcomes Fujitsu's next generation PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST platforms built on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. "Fujitsu's high-end enterprise market reputation and expertise, coupled with the scalable performance and advanced reliability capabilities of the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series, will help allow IT managers to run their most demanding, scale-up workloads."

The PRIMEQUEST 1000 series will be exhibited at Fujitsu Forum 2010, to be held on May 13-14 at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo.

Background

In recent years, an increasing number of companies have employed open systems for their mission-critical business system needs, with the aim of shedding their dependence on vendors, optimizing their investments, and managing the latest technologies.

In response to this demand, Fujitsu began offering the PRIMEQUEST series in 2005 as an open-system, mission-critical server that combines industry-standard open architecture with technologies for high reliability and availability that Fujitsu has cultivated from developing mainframe servers.

Compared to previous models, the newly announced PRIMEQUEST 1000 series features a significantly enhanced price/performance ratio, superior green technology, and virtual machine compatibility. Consequently, the series can better assist companies in optimizing their ICT infrastructure, helping them to improve reliability, strengthen business growth and continuity, and quickly respond to climate change.

Model Lineup for PRIMEQUEST 1000 Series

The PRIMEQUEST 1000 series consists of five server models in the following three categories.

Category Model Name CPU / # Cores
Entry Level Model PRIMEQUEST 1400S Max. 4 CPUs/ 32 cores
Enterprise Model PRIMEQUEST 1400E Max. 4 CPUs/ 32 cores
PRIMEQUEST 1800E Max. 8 CPUs/ 64 cores
Long-Life Model for Social Infrastructure Systems
(Includes up to 10 years of maintenance services)
PRIMEQUEST 1400L Max. 4 CPUs/ 32 cores
PRIMEQUEST 1800L Max. 8 CPUs/ 64 cores

*Some models available in Japan only.

Features of PRIMEQUEST 1000 Series

1. Reliability and Availability

  • Hardware Redundancy
    A redundant configuration of internal components, including the power supply unit and cooling fan, in addition to memory mirroring, helps support the continuous operation of users' business services.
  • "Flexible I/O" Functionality
    The "Flexible I/O" functionality allows users to freely combine numerous system boards mounted with CPUs and memory chips with various I/O units, which are equipped with PCI cards and external interfaces, to create a partitioned system structure. In the event that a system board fails during operation, the affected partition will automatically reboot and swap to a backup system board, helping companies to quickly restore their business services.
  • Long-Life Models
    The PRIMEQUEST 1400L and PRIMEQUEST 1800L long-life models are sold with guaranteed maintenance support for up to ten years from the time of system deployment. The company will set aside in advance a dedicated supply of spare components for the system, as well as assign a full-time maintenance team to assist the customer. This model is best suited for social infrastructure systems that need to deliver reliable and constant business services over a long period of time.

2. Performance and Scalability

  • High-performance CPUs and Abundant Memory
    Each partition can accommodate either four (32-core) or eight (64-core) high-performance CPUs (24MB of level three cache, 2.26 GHz operating frequency), as well as either 512 GB or 1 TB of memory, providing ample processing power for handling massive applications, such as large-scale corporate database systems.

On the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, the PRIMEQUEST 1000 series, model 1800E, has achieved the world-record result(2) of 16,000 SAP SD benchmark users on Windows (results as of March 31, 2010). This result demonstrates both the top performance of PRIMEQUEST 1000 series on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark, as well as its business applicability. The two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark is the industry standard for measuring application performance, given its visibility and high number of published results across the range of server architectures. Its main characteristic and differentiator from other benchmarks is its ability to run business processes (i.e., sell from stock of the SAP ERP application) instead of synthetic benchmark code.

3. Open-System Configuration and Flexibility

  • Open-System CPUs and Operating Systems
    PRIMEQUEST employs industry standard open-system CPUs and operating systems, making it compatible with a diversity of products offered by software and hardware vendors around the world, including Fujitsu's time-tested middleware products, such as Interstage, Systemwalker, Symfoware, and PRIMECLUSTER, as well as storage systems and packages for various industries and businesses. These capabilities enable customers to build state-of-the-art open-system configurations.
  • Server Virtualization
    As the result of hardware partitioning functions that successfully enable error isolation, as well as Hyper-V™, VMware®, and other popular software's virtual machine functions, which enable finely tuned and flexible allocation of CPU and memory resources, customers are able to leverage the superior processing power of the PRIMEQUEST 1000 series efficiently, regardless of the reliability and scale of individual operational units, thereby enabling the optimization of ICT infrastructure and the creation of enterprise cloud computing environments.
  • Integrated Optimization Software
    By employing ServerView Resource Coordinator VE, Fujitsu's server automation and visualization software, customers can control, supervise and operate server environments, including physical and virtual machines, from a single console screen.

4. Eco-Friendly ICT

  • Decreased Power Consumption
    PRIMEQUEST 1000 boasts a small footprint compared to previous series, having decreased in rack space by 1/3 and weight by 1/5. The series features both an 80 PLUS GOLD(3) certified energy efficient power supply and improvements in cooling efficiency, enabling a 1/3 reduction in maximum power consumption.
  • Visualization of Power Consumption
    A server management unit (MMB: Management Board) comes standard, allowing users to visualize the status of the server's power supply unit. In addition, the attached ServerView Operations Manager software assists users in making the server's power consumption visible.
  • Completely Lead Free
    All solder used in mounting electrical components to the server's printed circuit boards, such as the system board, is lead free. The series is compliant with the EU's RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive, and other environmental protection laws and regulations around the world.

The PRIMEQUEST 1000 series is being offered as a "Fujitsu Super Green" product, distinguishing it as a leading environmentally friendly product based on the Fujitsu Group's green assessment guidelines.

Sales Target

4,000 units of PRIMEQUEST servers by the end of March 2013.


  • [1] Previous Series:

    PRIMEQUEST 500A series. All comparisons of price and performance, rack space, weight, and maximum power consumption are based on an identically configured PRIMEQUEST 580A server and the PRIMEQUEST 1800E server.

  • [2] World-record Result:

    The SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark performed on March 8, 2010 by Fujitsu in Walldorf, Germany, has been certified with the following data: 16,000 SAP SD benchmark users, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, and the SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. The server was configured as follows: Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 1800E, 8 processors / 64 cores / 128 threads, Intel Xeon Processor X7560, 2.26 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 24 MB L3 cache per processor, 512 GB main memory. For more information about this benchmark, please visit www.sap.com/benchmark. The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can also be found at www.sap.com/benchmark.

  • [3] 80 PLUS GOLD:

    80 PLUS is a program to promote the reduction of electronic devices' power consumption. It certifies products whose power supplies maintain over 80% energy efficiency at 20-100% load. Based on their efficiency performance, products are rated "80 PLUS BRONZE", "80 PLUS SILVER", or "80 PLUS GOLD".

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

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Date: 31 March, 2010
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited