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Fujitsu Launches New PRIMEQUEST Server Line

- Achieves world-record performance on two-tier SAP® SD Standard Benchmark running on Microsoft Windows -

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, April 17, 2008

Fujitsu Limited today announced the immediate availability of a new line of mission-critical IA servers, the PRIMEQUEST 520A/540A/580A, built around the newest Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 9100 series processor.

Fujitsu also announced that the PRIMEQUEST 580A posted the fastest results in the industry on the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD)(1) Standard Application Benchmark on a system running Microsoft® Windows Server® and the SAP ERP application Release 6.0. Through these results, Fujitsu demonstrates that PRIMEQUEST servers deliver the world's highest performance on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark running both Windows Server®(2) and Linux(3).

Overview of the PRIMEQUEST Mission-Critical IA Server

The PRIMEQUEST line of mission-critical servers combines the open-standard architecture of Itanium® processors and Linux and Windows Server® operating systems with the high-reliability hardware technology Fujitsu has accumulated through its long track record in mainframe systems.

The new PRIMEQUEST server platform is ideally suited to open-standard environments requiring high reliability and scalability, for such applications as databases, ERP solutions, mission-critical system restructuring, and scientific computing.

PRIMEQUEST 520A, 540A, 580A

The mid-range PRIMEQUEST 520, and the high-end PRIMEQUEST 540 and PRIMEQUEST 580 models, which were introduced in July 2006, have now been upgraded with the latest Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 9100 series of processors, to deliver the PRIMEQUEST 520A, PRIMEQUEST 540A, PRIMEQUEST 580A models, with up to 8/16/32 CPUs, respectively. In particular, the high-end PRIMEQUEST 540A and PRIMEQUEST 580A models have achieved an increase in front side bus clock frequency from 533 MHz to 667 MHz.

New Features

To complement the latest operating systems, the PRIMEQUEST 540A and PRIMEQUEST 580A models now include dynamic partitioning, making it possible to dynamically change hardware configurations that support partitioning.

With systems running Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.1 and Microsoft Windows Server® 2008, dynamic partitioning makes it possible to balance work load among system boards while the systems are still running. If CPU or memory demands increase due to increased data volumes or the number of users, backup system boards automatically perform load sharing to increase processing capacity and ensure the continuity of service.

In addition, with systems running Windows Server® 2008, system boards can be swapped live, so that if a system board starts to show signs of failure, a backup can be swapped in without interrupting the continuity of service, to minimize any potential business loss.

PRIMEQUEST Technical Specifications

Operating System
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux AS v.4
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 9
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003
CPU* Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® Processor
Sockets/Cores* 32/64 16/32 8/16
Memory* 2TB 1TB 256GB
Chipset Fujitsu-developed chipset
Internal HDD* 32 16 8
Integrated LAN Ports* 32 16 4
SCSI Ports* 16 8 None
PCI Slots* 128 64 16
Partitions* 16 8 4

  • [1] Sales and Distribution (SD)

    SAP benchmarks are standardized load tests that measure and record performance key figures for quantitative comparison of hardware and software. SAP Standard Application Benchmarks reflect typical business scenarios of SAP solutions. Sales and Distribution" refers to a sales management application for online transactions included in the SAP ERP. Results represent the sustained number of responses on average within a two-second period (simultaneous users). Two-tier indicates a system consisting of one central server (acting as both database server and application server) and multiple clients.

  • [2] World's highest performance results on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark running Windows Server®, as of April 17, 2008 Test

    Test results 10,400 SAP SD Benchmark users, 1.93 seconds average dialog response time, 52,320 SAPS, 96 percent central server CPU utilization. The results were certified on April 15, 2008. Certification number: 2008023. System tested Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 580A with 32 Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 9150M processor, 1.66 GHz/24 MB L3 cache, 64 cores/128 threads, and 512 GB main memory running Windows Server® 2003 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server™ 2005 and SAP ERP 6.0.

  • [3] World's highest performance results on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark running Linux, as of April 17, 2008 Test

    Test results 12,500 SAP SD Benchmark users, 1.83 seconds average dialog response time, 63,400 SAPS, 85 percent central server CPU utilization. The results were certified on August 31, 2006. Certification number: 2006071. System tested Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 580 with 32 Dual-Core Intel® Itanium 2® 9050 processor, 1.6 GHz/24 MB L3 cache, 64 cores/128 threads and 512 GB main memory running SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 9, Oracle® Database 10g, and the mySAP™ ERP 2004 application. These records comply with SAP® Standard Application Benchmark Council rules, and have been audited and certified by SAP®(

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: 17 April, 2008
City: Tokyo
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