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New PRIMEQUEST™ 500 Series Server Delivers More than Double Performance and Advanced Virtualisation in Mission-Critical Linux and Windows Environments

Award-Winning *1 Server Line Strengthens Enterprise Operations Using Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processors to Meet the Highest Demands for Reliability and Availability

Singapore, July 19, 2006

PRIMEQUEST™ 520 Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd today announced the release of a new high-end series in its PRIMEQUEST™ server line, the PRIMEQUEST™ 500 series (three models) servers with Dual-core Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, providing performance improvements up to 2.5 times that of previous models. Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST™ servers are built to meet the highest demands for reliability and availability in the data centre operations. The PRIMEQUEST™ 500 series servers deliver the most advanced virtualisation capabilities available along with extended system scalability for Linux and Windows environments. Combining the latest Dual-Core Intel® processor with Fujitsu cutting-edge architecture and design, the PRIMEQUEST™ 500 series servers are the ideal choice for enterprises that require the economic benefits and flexibility of industry-standard solutions without compromising business continuity.

The PRIMEQUEST™ server series uses high-performance 64-bit Intel® Itanium® 2 processors with a Fujitsu-developed chipset *2 that maximises reliability and scalability of the processor. With Fujitsu’s unique dual synchronous system architecture *3, the PRIMEQUEST™ servers combine the economy of open-standard systems with the reliability of a mainframe.

“Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 500 series meet the demands of the most sophisticated data centres by offering superior scalability and performance in a compact, energy-efficient design,” said Motohiko Uno, Head, Regional Marketing Group, Fujitsu Asia. “These new servers are a cornerstone of our TRIOLE strategy, where servers, storage, networks and middleware are united to provide a dynamic and flexible IT environment.”

Since their worldwide launch in April 2005, the PRIMEQUEST™ servers have been deployed in customer sites around the world, for use on mission-critical systems as legacy modernisation, and as large-scale database systems, providing customers with high reliability, high scalability and enabling them to reduce total cost of ownership. Among the many customers who have deployed PRIMEQUEST™ servers are:

Legacy Modernisation

  • NTT DATA Corporation (Japan) / Mission-critical open system (PORTOMICS) verification server
  • THE SHIGA BANK, LTD. (Japan) / Strategic Management System For Next Generation
  • THE SHIZUOKA BANK, LTD. (Japan) / Financial hub system
  • TKC Corporation (Japan) / Platform of ASP Service for Municipalities
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. (Japan) / TSE derivatives trading system

Database Systems

  • Banco Popular (Spain)
  • Circle K Sunkus Co., Ltd. (Japan) / Information Analysis System
  • Coput (Spain)
  • SHIBAURA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Japan) / Consolidated database system
  • Sung-Ae Hospital (Korea) / Medical information, electronic medical record system
  • TO SOLUTIONS CO., LTD. (Japan) / Server consolidation for Q.P. Group
  • Vodafone K.K. (Japan) / Sales support system

ERP Platform

  • KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, INC. (Japan) / SAP system for Konica Minolta Group

HPC System

  • FDK CORPORATION (Japan) / CAE system
  • Research Center for Computational Science, Okazaki Research Facilities, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan) / Super high performance molecular simulator
  • TOYOTA CENTRAL R&D LABS., INC. (Japan) / CAE system
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Japan) / Main computer system

The new PRIMEQUEST™ 500 series servers are ideal for mission-critical applications that demand superior performance, reliability, scalability, flexibility and optimum resource usage. Typical application deployments for PRIMEQUEST™ servers include large-scale database and online transaction processing environments, legacy modernisation, ERP platform, and database/server consolidation. Offering up to 64 processor cores accessing 2TB of uniform main memory in a maximum of 16 partitions, Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST™ is at the forefront of high-end systems capable of hosting business-critical operations.

The PRIMEQUEST™ 500 servers integrate the Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 processors with a number of architectural design features from Fujitsu to offer a unique combination of power and flexibility. Coupling the advanced eXtended PARtitioning (XPAR) capabilities of the PRIMEQUEST™ servers with the Itanium® 2 virtualisation technology offers customers the most advanced virtualisation capabilities on the market. Not only can system resources such as CPU and memory be partitioned, but I/O Units can also be individually partitioned to optimise resource allocations on a per-partition basis. Augmenting the PRIMEQUEST™ physical partitioning capabilities, future enhancements built upon the Intel virtualisation technology will host virtual partitions, offering a rich multitude of partitioning options. Furthermore, partitions can be defined with system mirror mode, offering industry-leading fault immunity in the memory and cross-bar implementation.

In addition, for customers who have purchased the PRIMEQUEST™ 400 series, Fujitsu offers an upgrade program to enable customers to easily transit from PRIMEQUEST™ 400 to 500 series servers.

“Together Fujitsu and Intel are providing state-of-the-art design and system architecture to give enterprises the flexibility and freedom they desire for their mission-critical applications,” commented Thomas Kilroy, Vice President General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation. “With more than double the performance of previous generation Intel Itanium 2 processor-based servers, mainframe-class RAS features, and improved energy efficiency, the new dual-core Intel Itanium 2 processor-based PRIMEQUEST servers are ideal for application consolidation in mission-critical data centres.”

The PRIMEQUEST™ 500 servers will be available globally from September 2006.

Fujitsu continues its collaboration with leading enterprise vendors of Linux systems Red Hat and Novell, and with the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), contributing to the hardening of the open operating system for business-critical deployments. Under the global alliance partnership, Fujitsu is also working closely with Microsoft to deliver business-critical environments for Windows applications standards. Furthermore, Fujitsu is working with its partners and the Itanium Solutions Alliance (ISA) to expand the eco-system for the Linux/Windows enterprise.

The PRIMEQUEST™ servers extend the Fujitsu server portfolio from Fujitsu that includes PRIMEPOWER™ servers based on the SPARC64® V processor running the Solaris™ operating system and PRIMERGY® PC servers. Together they provide a comprehensive server portfolio that satisfies different service level requirements for maximum availability and scalability. The new PRIMEQUEST™ servers are ideal for customers extending their existing mission-critical infrastructures with open-source Linux, Windows and Itanium technologies.

The PRIMEQUEST™ server line is offered as part of the Fujitsu TRIOLE strategy for optimised IT, which unites servers, storage, networks and middleware to provide a dynamic and flexible customer IT environment, aimed to increase business continuity, agility and efficiency. Fujitsu will continue to provide and expand TRIOLE templates that include the PRIMEQUEST™ servers, enabling customers to introduce 64-bit mission-critical Linux and Windows technology into the data centre.


1. PRIMEQUEST 480 was the recipient of the 6th annual eWeek Excellence Awards (2006), in the category of Server Hardware


2. The Fujitsu developed chipset utilized in the PRIMEQUEST 500 series, as in the PRIMEQUEST 400 series, incorporates the results of the Semiconductor Application Chip Project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).


3. Proprietary hardware architecture from Fujitsu that, through thorough built-in redundancies of the server’s hardware and advanced controls for the hardware’s synchronous operation, enables a dramatic improvement in the server’s uptime and processing continuity.


PRIMEQUEST™ 500 Key Specifications


Operating system
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (v4 for Itanium)
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, 10 for Itanium Processor Family
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based systems
Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for Itanium-based systems
CPU Dual-core Intel ® Itanium ® 2 9050/9020 (1.60/1.42GHz)
Sockets/Cores 32/64 16/32 8/16
Memory 2TB 1TB Up to 256GB
Chipset Fujitsu-developed chipset
Internal HDD 32 16 8
Integrated LAN ports 32 16 4
SCSI ports 16 8 None
PCI ports 128 64 20
Partitions 16 8 4

About the TRIOLE Strategy

Fujitsu is committed to providing its customers with products, solutions and services that will further optimise their IT infrastructure and improve their business agility. Its TRIOLE strategy is the aggregate of three core principles: virtualisation, automation and integration. Fujitsu has applied these principles to design and deliver highly dynamic IT solutions with the highest levels of compatibility and consistency. The result enables customers to increase efficiency, enhance agility and improve continuity now and into the future.
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About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSW: 6702), a leader in customer-centric IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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Date: 19 July, 2006
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd