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Fujitsu Introduces the ETERNUS DX8000 S3 Series of Disk Storage Systems

Designed to deliver storage integration for a variety of information-oriented and business-oriented systems, enabling more efficient operations

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, July 01, 2015

Fujitsu today announced the introduction of the FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX8000 S3 series. Global sales of the new series start today.

The three models in the ETERNUS DX8000 S3 series - the DX8100 S3, DX8700 S3, and DX8900 S3 - represent the pinnacle of Fujitsu's storage products, and are suited to a range of applications, whether maintaining or upgrading an existing enterprise system or building a new system for innovation from scratch. The DX8100 S3 model is only available in Japan.

In addition to Fujitsu's technologies for high reliability, the new series incorporates performance improvements that make I/O speeds roughly eight times faster than its predecessor, and achieves world-class processing performance(1), thereby supporting the stable operations of mission-critical enterprise systems and social infrastructure systems. The series supports the deployment and integration of storage for various business-oriented and information-oriented systems and improves operational efficiency due to improved responsiveness via new auto-tuning functionality and upgraded connection functions that make it easy to run backups and set up storage in virtual environments.


With the spread of the Internet of Things, there is a need for new "systems of engagement," which are used to consolidate and analyze heterogeneous data, in addition to the existing "systems of record," which are used in enterprise systems to keep accurate records of the results of business processes. While systems of record will continue to be used and upgraded in the future, there will be a need to build new systems that can connect to systems of engagement to encourage new ways to use data.

Fujitsu is now offering the ETERNUS DX8000 S3 series, with significantly improved processing performance for diverse applications ranging from enterprise systems for business and social infrastructure systems to new types of systems designed for innovation that require flexibility.

Key Features of the ETERNUS DX8000 S3 Series

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1. Outstanding processing performance for instant access to data

1) Improving controller performance and maximizing the number of controllers improves peak performance eight-fold compared to the previous model(2), achieving world-class levels of roughly 4 million IOPS(3). This outstanding processing performance ensures instant data utilization.

2) Newly added support for Extreme Cache(4), an SSD cache built into the controller using the latest flash technology, greatly increases the rate of cache hits on read operations, resulting in a four-fold performance improvement in an internal comparison(5). Using a large Extreme Cache alleviates loads at times of heavy access and can flexibly accommodate unpredictable changes in the environment.

2. New self-tuning functionality improves responsiveness, enabling flexible resource utilization

An automatic hierarchical-control function that redistributes data storage targets among disks and SSDs in response to access frequency is newly connected to a QoS function(6) that automatically adjusts internal storage resource allocation in response to performance targets, improving responsiveness. When targeted responsiveness levels are not achieved using the QoS function's automatic tuning, data is redistributed to high-speed storage targets using the storage automatic hierarchical-control function, which boosts responsiveness. This provides required performance levels in diverse access environments without complex performance settings.

3. More efficient operations in virtual environments

Support has been added for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes(7), which makes storage operations more efficient for virtualized server environments using the VMware vSphere virtualization platform. By simplifying storage settings, it had been the case that multiple virtual machines were stored in an equivalent storage volume and operated on a per-volume basis. This made backups and performance tuning for each virtual machine difficult. Using VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes makes it easy to set operations policies for virtual machines, such as backups and QoS, and using the vSphere Web Client interface storage operations can be optimized for the requirements of each virtual machine.

How Operational efficiency is improved


Product Name Shipment Key Specifications
ETERNUS DX8100 S3 (Japan only) November 30, 2015
  • Physical capacity: 288 TB max
  • Number of drives: 96 max
  • Cache capacity: 64 GB max
  • Controllers: 2
  • Compatible with: mainframes, open systems
ETERNUS DX8700 S3 July 31, 2015
  • Physical capacity: 4,608 TB max
  • Number of drives: 1,536 max
  • Cache capacity: 1,024 GB max
  • Controllers: 2-8
  • Compatible with: mainframes, open systems
ETERNUS DX8900 S3 July 31, 2015
* Shipment date for edition with controller for 10-24 units: November 30, 2015
  • Physical capacity: 13,824 TB max
  • Number of drives: 4,608 max
  • Cache capacity: 6,144 GB max
  • Controllers: 2-24
  • Compatible with: open systems

For More Information

  • [1] World-class processing performance

    Random-access performance reaches approximately 4 million IOPS on ETERNUS DX8900 S3.

  • [2] Eight-fold performance improvement over the previous model

    The random-access performance of ETERNUS DX8900 S3 is improved eight times compared to the previous model, ETERNUS DX8700 S2.

  • [3] IOPS

    Input-output per second. A measurement of the number of read/write operations that can be processed per second.

  • [4] Extreme Cache

    SSD caches are options on the ETERNUS DX8700 S3 and ETERNUS DX8900 S3. Support is newly added for the ETERNUS DX8000 series.

  • [5] Four-fold performance improvement in internal comparison

    Performance improvement achieved by adding four Extreme Cache units to ETERNUS DX8700 S3 in a 100-disk configuration.

  • [6] Newly connected to a QoS function

    The ETERNUS DX8000 series has new support in the form of the connectivity functions in the software ETERNUS SF Storage Cruiser.

  • [7] New support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes

    The ETERNUS DX8000 series has new support in the form of the connectivity functions in the software ETERNUS SF Storage Cruiser.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see

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Date: 01 July, 2015
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited