Hardware Today: Fujitsu Server Snapshot

By Drew Robb (Send Email)
Posted Oct 11, 2004


No doubt about it, 2004 has been a busy year for Fujitsu Computer Systems. In addition to expanding the range of its Primepower and Primergy product lines, the vendor added a series of blades to the Primergy line. It also recently added a new cooling system and the latest Xeon processors to its rack and tower servers. These changes to the Primergy line are a case of technology bleeding down from its higher-end Primepower market.

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Between souping up its x86 and Sparc lines and adding a new cooling system with the latest Xeon processors to its rack and tower servers, 2004 has been busy year for Fujitsu Computer Systems. Will 2005 be the year it leaps from the Other category into the Top Five?

"We've noticed a trend over the past year of more and more users utilizing our Primergy servers for mission-critical applications," said Richard McCormack, vice president of product and solution marketing at Fujitsu. "Primepower has been designed as a high reliability system, so we are now transferring that knowledge into the lower end of the market."

The following chart shows Fujitsu's server offerings at a glance. As usual, new additions are noted in bold; newly retired servers appear in italics.

FCS Servers at a Glance

Server Line
Description
Processor Types
Processor Range
Operating Systems
Servers
Pricing
Primergy1 Fujitsu's Intel-based rack, tower, and blade servers are mainly built on Xeon technology and typically in the 1 to 16 processor range. Although strong on a worldwide basis, they are not as strong in the United States as Fujitsu's SPARC-based Primepower line. Low voltage. Pentium III, Celeron, Pentium M, Pentium 4, Xeon DP, Xeon MP, Itanium-2 1 Pentium III, Pentium M, Celeron, or Pentium 4,
1 to 2 Xeon DP,
4 to 16 Xeon MP,
1 to 4 Itanium-2
Windows, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux Rack (RX)
RX100,
RX200,
RX300,
RX600,
RX800,
RXI300,
RXI600
From $1,000 (for the RX100) to $245,000 (for the RX800)
Tower (TX)
TX150,
TX200,
TX300,
TX600
Blade
BX300,
BX600,
Primepower Fujitsu's SPARC Solaris servers are based on Fujitsu's SPARC 64 V error correcting chipsets. They are architected for mission-critical applications2. Many of the Workgroup and Midrange SPARC servers are rack friendly; all allow the usual pedestal/floormount. SPARC64 V 1 to 128 V
Solaris


Workgroup
200,
250,
400,
450
$6,400 (for the 250) to more than $1 million (for any of the Enterprise systems)
Midrange 650,
800,
850,
Enterprise
900,
1000,
1500,
2000,
2500
1When comparing offerings within the line, note that servers with the same numbers in different categories have similar architectures.
2The more challenging the mission for which the server is intended, the higher the model number (and price tag).

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