The 64-Bit Boxes Await SQL Server 2005

Fujitsu, NEC and AMD all have offerings to support the next-generation database.

The heavy metals primed: 64-bit boxes are ready and waiting for SQL Server 2005s Monday debut, with Fujitsu pledging support with PrimeQuest servers, NEC plugging Itanium systems and AMD out with Opteron support for the next-generation database.

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. on Monday announced that its PrimeQuest line of servers will support Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server 2005 with data center-class reliability, scalability and availability on this open, high-performance platform.

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The database upgrades Database Mirroring feature—a feature in the Standard and Enterprise editions that has been delayed until the first half of next year—will eventually combine with PrimeQuest System Mirror architecture to provide fault immunity for up to eight hardware-isolated partitions, each one of which acts as an independent "server."

The servers will also provide a large, single-image platform for hosting consolidated databases and high-transaction volumes.

Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu, said the PrimeQuest servers—high-end boxes that use up to 32 of Intel Corp.s Itanium chips—make a good fit with SQL Server 2005. So good, in fact, that Fujitsu is now part of the Mainframe Migration Alliance, is a group of companies that are working together to help customers migrate workloads off the mainframe and onto the Microsoft platform. Fujitsu joined in September 2004.

"Up until now in our product line, if [customers] said We need a big database, we only had large, high-end SPARC Solaris systems to offer at the high end," McCormack said. "With PrimeQuest running .Net and the new version of SQL Server, we can say, Hey, you have a new product."

PrimeQuest allows Fujitsu to step up the food chain, away from the low-end or midrange mainframe applications to very high-end mainframe applications, he said: those applications that were felt to be very difficult to move.

"Im not saying its easy [now]," he said. "But we now have hardware that mainframe users are used to."

For its part, NEC Solutions America Inc. will integrate SQL Server 2005 into its Express5800/1000 server series, powered by Intels 64-bit Itanium 2 processors, and its Fibre Channel Storage S series.

Andy Masland, NECs director of strategic alliances, said the integration is the latest step in an ongoing partnership with Microsoft. NEC, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., supplied Microsoft with servers for testing during the development of SQL Server over the past few years, including SQL Server 2005.

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Express5800/1000 series were made available to Microsoft customers in the SQL Server Customer Lab in Redmond, Wash., and in the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago.

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