Fujitsu Servers Get Mainframe Feel

Fujitsu is bringing mainframelike capabilities into the low end with the next generations of its two entry-level PrimePower servers.

Fujitsu Technology Solutions Inc. on Wednesday is bringing mainframelike capabilities into the low end with the next generations of its two entry-level PrimePower servers.

The Solaris-compatible PrimePower 250 and 450 systems include self-healing and self-monitoring technology and can be connected via the Internet, e-mail or proprietary in-house connections to remote monitoring services. They also feature hardware retry capabilities, enabling the systems to retry a failed instruction at the hardware level, said Graham Kelly, director of product marketing at the Sunnyvale, Calif., company. This allows for an immediate retry of the instruction, rather than having to flush and rebuild the software buffers.

In addition, there are other parity checking functions that ensure processing and cache errors are corrected automatically.

The new systems complete the refresh of Fujitsus PrimePower lines of servers that was started last year, Kelly said.

"We now have all the products designed for data center environments," he said.

The PrimePower 250 includes up to two 1.1GHz SPARC64 chips and up to 8GB of memory. The 2U rack-mounted version includes three PCI slots, and the 7U-pedestal version includes six PCI slots.

The four-way 450 offers up to 16GB of memory and six PCI slots in the 4U rack-mounted version, with nine PCI slots in the 7U-pedestal version. Both come with Fujitsus eXtended System Control software, which offers remote monitoring and management capabilities, and both offer 220MHz buses and 1MB Level 2 cache.

NEBS (Network Equipment Building Standard)-complaint versions of the systems for more rugged environments outside of the data center—such as telecommunications uses—will be available in September, Kelly said.

Fujitsu also upgraded its eight-way PrimePower 650 and 16-way 850 systems with 1.08GHz SPARC64 V chips, and announced plans to upgrade them to 1.35GHz chips in the near future. The 1.35GHz chips are scheduled to launch in the second half of the year, followed by 1.62GHz and 2.4GHz versions into 2004. Also next year, Fujitsu will introduce multicore processors, and in 2006 will roll out four-core processors.

Kelly said the SPARC64 road map should show customers that the company is committed to the architecture through the rest of the decade.

The 250 and 450 are available immediately, with pricing starting at $7,500 for the 250.

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