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Fujitsu Launches PRIMERGY BX620 S4 Blade Server

-Enhanced support for virtualization enables more efficient server consolidation-

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, May 14, 2007

Fujitsu Limited today announced the release of the PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade server, which is designed to facilitate system expansion and reconfiguration while reducing the workload for systems administrators during server consolidation. The PRIMERGY BX620 S4 is being offered in Japan starting today and will be gradually offered in other markets.

The new server can accommodate up to 10 industry-standard LAN ports, among the highest number in the industry(1), thereby simplifying network design during server consolidation. When the server is connected to a storage area network (SAN), Fujitsu’s Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2 can handle storage, thus enabling plug-and-play configuration changes without affecting the SAN environment. Moreover, the new server works with both physical and virtual reserve servers, making a high-availability blade server system more affordable. Server consolidation is an effective way to reduce power consumption because computing power is shifted to CPUs with lower power requirements.

Fujitsu's new server also improves utilization and availability while reducing running costs, electrical consumption, and administrative costs, enabling customers to realize significant reductions in total cost of ownership (TCO).

Figure:PRIMERGY BX620 S4 Blade Server

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Recently, there has been increasing interest in using blade servers to consolidate ever-expanding systems, thereby making more efficient use of space and operating resources. This also contributes to infrastructure optimization, more effective use of systems investments, and electric power savings. At the same time, the server consolidation process increases the workload of systems administrators, such as requiring repeated storage and network setup.

Fujitsu's new blade server has expandable LAN ports that simplify network setup and is designed so that administrators can change server configuration without affecting the SAN environment. When combined with the company's own middleware, the Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2, it provides the higher availability and more efficient utilization that is expected for server consolidation with blade servers.

The new blade server is a key product in Fujitsu's TRIOLE BladeServer IT infrastructure.

Key features

1. PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade server

1) Up to 10 industry-standard LAN ports

These servers come standard with six ports, but can be expanded with a pair of LAN ports or Fibre Channel ports for more flexibility in configuring highly concentrated systems, as well as with a pair of front-side LAN ports for a total of ten. This makes these blade servers simple to configure to networks and supports greater flexibility in network configuration.

2) Optional 4 Gbps Fibre Channel expansion board

Features a Fibre Channel expansion board equipped with two ports that is capable of high-speed data transfer of maximum 4Gbps.

3) Latest quad-core processor(2) with low electricity consumption

The CPUs driving these new blade servers are the Intel® Xeon® L5320 1.86 gigahertz (1.86 GHz) processors, which reduce energy demands by as much as 60% compared to the previous generation of processors with equivalent performance(3).

2. PRIMERGY BX600 S3 chassis

The chassis features high-bandwidth midplane and works with PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade servers, with up to 10 LAN ports each. Throughput between blade server and embedded switch is 4.3 times greater than existing models, achieving communication speed of 10 Gbps and enabling the flexible network configurations required for server consolidation.

3. PRIMERGY BX600 Fibre Channel switchblade (4 Gbps)

This Fibre Channel switchblade supports communications rates up to 4 Gbps. It comes standard with 12 ports (4 uplink, 8 downlink) and is expandable to 16 ports (6 uplink, 10 downlink).
This product is scheduled to support a “SAN Connectivity Virtualization Option”, which confers a virtual World Wide Name to the Fibre Channel on top of the blade servers in the near future.
This option will virtualize the blade servers, and in concert with Fujitsu's Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2 middleware, will also virtualize the SAN connection between servers and storage. It also supports a mixed environment of physical servers and virtual servers running VMware Infrastructure 3, making it possible to change the physical server configuration without changing storage or networking settings, for plug-and-play convenience. The system also automates the process of detecting faults and bringing reserve servers online, and can manage with a single reserve server (physical or virtual), for a low-cost, high-availability “N+1 standby” blade system.

4. PRIMERGY BX600 switchblade (1 Gbps)

This switchblade supports the expanded LAN ports on the PRIMERGY BX620 S4. Compared to other products of equal size, this offers far more ports: 42 LAN ports (12 uplink, 30 downlink), compared to just 16 (6 uplink, 10 downlink) on other products. This shares the same established security, reliability, and user interface of Fujitsu's SR-S series LAN switches for greater usability.

  • [1] The highest number in the industry

    Under the following condition: for a server blade that can be included on a chassis of 10U or less.

  • [2] Quad-core processor

    A CPU consisting of a single physical chip containing four processor cores.

  • [3] Previous generation of processors with equivalent performance

    In this case, comparing two Intel Xeon 5110 processors.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please see:

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Date: 14 May, 2007
City: Tokyo
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