Fujitsu Unveils Four-Way Blade Server for Power-Hungry Data Centers

Sep 01, 2004

Fujitsu Computer Systems today introduced the world's most compact four-way SCSI server blade, the PRIMERGY® BX600 blade server. Offering exceptional performance and flexibility, the system can easily handle the demands of modern corporate data centers, Internet service providers and application service providers.

Each blade can accommodate up to four Intel® Xeon™ MP processors, 16 GB of ECC DDR-SDRAM (PC2100) and two hot-plug Ultra320 SCSI hard drives. They come equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and can be upgraded to include 4 x 2 GB Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces.

The chassis holds up to five four-way blades or up to 10 two-way blades. Since the four-way blade fits in the same chassis as the dual processor blade, they can be mixed and matched accordingly. Up to 30 four-way blades fit in a 46U 19-inch rack, enabling IT managers to save valuable floor space in their data center. The chassis has redundant components for reliable operation, and redundant management hardware for easy and effective administration. The PRIMERGY ServerView Management Suite, included with delivery, ensures trouble-free system installation and configuration.

"With today's announcement of the new PRIMERGY BX600 four-way blade server, we now have the most diverse blade portfolio on the market, from an ultra-compact PRIMERGY BX300 blade server to the robust four-way PRIMERGY BX600 blade server," said Richard McCormack, vice president of product and solutions marketing for Fujitsu Computer Systems.

The PRIMERGY BX600 blade server is designed primarily for mid-tier application areas while its smaller and more compact sibling, the PRIMERGY BX300 blade server, is ideal for front-end applications.

PRIMERGY BX600 Blade Server Technical Highlights
• 7U chassis with redundant, hot-plug infrastructure components
• Up to four Intel® Xeon™ MP Processors running at 2.8 - 3.2 GHz / 400 MHz FSB
• Up to 16 GB ECC DDR-SDRAM main memory
• Up to two Ultra320 hot-plug hard drives for up to 292 GB local storage
• Embedded SCSI controller with RAID 0, 1 support
• 4 Gigabit Ethernet channels per four-way blade
• Ultra-high availability and scalability based on the use of redundant components
• Full support for Linux and Microsoft Windows Server 2003
• Proven and easy-to-use server management software (local/remote)
• Optional automated deployment solutions

PRIMERGY servers are a key product line in the Fujitsu TRIOLE™ strategy for optimized IT. Aiming to meet the needs for open-standard IT infrastructure systems and improved business continuity and efficiency, the TRIOLE strategy is designed to help corporations and public institutions expand the scope of their activities, quickly set up new operations, achieve system stability and reduce total cost of ownership.

The PRIMERGY BX600 four-way blade server is now shipping. Prices for a PRIMERGY BX600 chassis with a single four-way capable blade start at less than $18,000 (USD). Additional four-way capable blades start under $8,500 (USD).

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