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Fujitsu Refreshes Server Lineup with New Intel Xeon Chips

The upgraded systems, which include everything from towers to racks to HPC nodes, will get a 20 percent performance boost.

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Fujitsu is the latest server maker to refresh its systems with Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors.

Company officials this week announced that Fujitsu was upgrading its entire lineup of dual-socket Primergy systems with the new chips, which were announced March 31. The servers include everything from tower and rack systems to blades, nodes for clusters used in high-performance computing (HPC) environments, and rack models that are optimized for cloud server providers and hosting companies.

The broad product lineup is part of Fujitsu's larger Business-Centric Computing initiative, which is designed to ensure that customers—from smaller businesses to larger enterprises to service providers—get the right x86 server for their business needs, according to company officials.

"Data centers need to support our customers' business requirements and business models," Uwe Neumeier, vice president and head of data center for Fujitsu's EMEIA (Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa), said in a statement. "In our digital age, IT enables businesses to be more competitive, efficient and effective. ... Without a solid business-centric data center foundation, no enterprise can expect to enjoy the consistency and flexibility it needs to stay competitive and excel."

The new 14-nanometer Xeon E5-2600 v4 "Broadwell" processors include more cores (up to 22) than the 22nm "Haswell" chips (up to 18 cores) and more threads per core, and offer improved power efficiency and as much as 44 better performance. Such system makers as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Lenovo and Supermicro already have refreshed their servers.

Fujitsu officials said the new Xeon processors with DDR4 memory are giving the company's refreshed dual-socket systems as much as a 20 percent performance boost. In addition, the servers deliver lower energy costs for cooling through Fujitsu's Cool-safe Advanced Thermal Design, which includes raising the threshold for safe operation from 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees for most rack, tower and scale-out systems.