How will PrimeQuest avoid
competing with Fujitsus and Suns other servers?"> The question, then, is how the new Itanium-based systems will enable Fujitsu to compete against HP and IBM, yet still be complementary to Suns Fire servers, to Fujitsus own PrimePower systems, and to the systems that Sun and Fujitsu are now co-developing. Ito addressed the question following the briefing, stressing that Fujitsu will continue to have a good relationship with Sun because its an "essential policy" to address the needs of high-end infrastructure customers.To read more about Sun rolling out its UltraSPARC IV, click here. Also, PrimeQuest will open up the possibility of migrating high-end workloads to Linuxa major differentiator between PrimeQuest and competing products, said Toshio Morohoshi, president and CEO of Fujitsu Computer Systems. "[We can] serve more customers needs" by opening up the high-end market to open systems, he said. But is Red Hat Linux, for one, ready for the back end, as opposed to the front-end servers with which its typically associated? Paul Cormier, Red Hat executive vice president, said he flat-out rejects the notion that Red Hat is limited to front-end servers. "I dont believe its true," he said. "Weve seen a steady push into the high-end enterprise for the last couple of years. We are running mission-critical applications everywhere." Fujitsu, usually among the top five server vendors in the world, joins a number of other OEMsincluding NEC Corp., Silicon Graphics Inc. and Unisys Corp.looking to use Itanium as a way of gaining more market share in the United States. According to analyst firm Gartner Inc., more than 26,000 Itanium systems were shipped in 2004, with HP accounting for 19,859. Fujitsu sold 233 systems. PrimeQuest is, of course, a prime opportunity for Intel to up that ante. At this point, some five to six mainframe vendors have adopted Itanium, said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel Enterprise Platforms Group Marketing, during the question period following the conference. Second-tier systems makers like Fujitsu are still important to Itaniums future when it comes to furthering that penetration, however. "Getting into markets [such as the government sector] we havent been before, Fujitsu will help us to do that," he said, based on the companys heritage of mainframe innovation. In particular, Fujitsu is hoping that new mainframe-like management tools will help differentiate PrimeQuest from its competitors. Among the features integrated into the systems are system mirroring capabilities, integrated services and the ability to move I/O capabilities from one partition to the next within the same system. "With flexible I/O, you can move I/O capabilities from the [system] partitions that dont need it to partitions that do," depending on the workload, McCormack said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Indeed, McCormack said, the PrimeQuest systems will complement the Sun systems. The APL servers, and Fujitsus current RISC-based PrimePower servers, will continue to evolve for businesses looking to remain on the SPARC systems.