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Fujitsu blade server simplifies network set-up

Posted: 25 Jul 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:blade server  network design  server consolidation 


Fujitsu Ltd has unveiled the PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade server designed to facilitate system expansion and reconfiguration while reducing the workload for systems administrators during server consolidation.

The server, a key product in Fujitsu's TRIOLE BladeServer IT infrastructure, can accommodate up to 10 industry-standard LAN ports, simplifying network design during server consolidation. When the server is connected to a SAN, Fujitsu's Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2 can handle storage, enabling plug-and-play configuration changes without affecting the SAN environment. Moreover, the new server works with both physical and virtual reserve servers, making a high-availability blade server system more affordable. Server consolidation is an effective way to reduce power consumption because computing power is shifted to CPUs with lower power requirements.

Fujitsu's new server also improves utilisation and availability while reducing running costs, electrical consumption, and administrative costs, enabling customers to realise significant reductions in total cost of ownership.

The blade server has expandable LAN ports that simplify network setup and is designed so that administrators can change server configuration without affecting the SAN environment. When combined with the company's own middleware, the Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2, it provides higher availability and more efficient utilisation that is expected for server consolidation with blade servers.

Key features
The PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade server offers up to 10 industry-standard LAN ports. These servers come standard with six ports, but can be expanded with a pair of LAN ports or Fibre Channel ports for more flexibility in configuring highly concentrated systems, as well as with a pair of front-side LAN ports for a total of ten ports. This makes the blade servers simple to configure to networks and supports greater flexibility in network configuration.

The device also offers optional Fibre Channel expansion board equipped with two ports that is capable of high-speed data transfer of up to 4Gbps.

The CPUs driving these new blade servers are the Intel Xeon L5320 1.86 GHz processors, which reduce energy demands by up to 60 percent over previous generation processors with equivalent performance.

The server's chassis features high-bandwidth midplane and works with PRIMERGY BX620 S4 blade servers, with up to 10 LAN ports each. Throughput between blade server and embedded switch is 4.3 times greater than existing models, achieving communication speed of 10Gbps and enabling the flexible network configurations required for server consolidation.

The PRIMERGY BX600 Fibre Channel switchblade supports communications rates up to 4Gbps. It comes standard with 12 ports (4 uplink, 8 downlink) and is expandable to 16 ports (6 uplink, 10 downlink).

This product is scheduled to support a "SAN Connectivity Virtualisation Option", which confers a virtual World Wide Name to the Fibre Channel on top of the blade servers in the near future.

This option will virtualise the blade servers and with Fujitsu's Systemwalker Resource Coordinator Virtual server Edition V13.2 middleware, will also virtualise the SAN connection between servers and storage. It also supports a mixed environment of physical servers and virtual servers running VMware Infrastructure 3, making it possible to change the physical server configuration without changing storage or networking settings, for plug-and-play convenience. The system also automates the process of detecting faults and bringing reserve servers online and can manage with a single reserve server (physical or virtual), for a low-cost, high-availability "N+1 standby" blade system.

Meanwhile, the PRIMERGY BX600 switchblade (1Gbps) supports the expanded LAN ports on the PRIMERGY BX620 S4. Compared to other products of equal size, this offers far more ports: 42 LAN ports (12 uplink, 30 downlink), compared to just 16 (6 uplink, 10 downlink) on other products. This shares the same established security, reliability, and user interface of Fujitsu's SR-S series LAN switches for greater usability.

The PRIMERGY BX620 S4 is now being offered in Japan and will be gradually offered in other markets, said Fujitsu.

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