Feeds

Fujitsu embiggens Eternus

Mmm, thin provisioning

Remote control for virtualized desktops

In a revamp of its Eternus drive arrays, Fujitsu has come out with the second generation – the S2 versions – of its twin controller DX60, DX80, and DX90 entry-level drive arrays, as well as its DX400 mid-range array.

The DX60 and DX90 originated as Fujitsu Siemens Computer SX60 and SX80 arrays, which were rebranded and extended once Fujitsu DX90 was introduced in February 2010.

The main differences between the ETERNUS DX S1 and DX S2 generations are:

  • Internal link to drives is 6Mbit/s SAS instead of the initial 3Mbit/s sec SAS
  • The cache is 3x larger on DX400
  • Support for FCoE and 10Gbit/s Ethernet has been added
  • There is now upgradeability from the DX80/90 to the DX400, and, in the first quarter of 2012, to the DX8000
  • Thin provisioning has been added
  • Auto tiering will come in the fourth quarter.

The upgrade path means customers can start with as few as a dozen disks and, from 2012's first quarter, grow to 2,700. Both thin provisioning and auto-tiering should be a bonus for customers. There are no details yet about the size of the data blocks or chunks that will be moved between SSD and HDD tiers when the auto-tiering features delivered.

Fujitsu has a few SPC-1 benchmark results for the first generation DX (S1) products and says "New SPC-1 and SPC-2 benchmarks show significant performance and throughput increases, varying from 15 per cent better to 140 per cent better."

We don't know the configurations of the tested S2 systems. There are no new Fujitsu results posted on the SPC-1 and SPC-2 results pages, which suggests that Fujitsu means its own testing has revealed the S2 systems' improvements over the S1 systems.

The S2 product builds, Fujitsu says, on existing strengths:

  • Integrated encryption capability as standard
  • Ecomode (MAID) functionality as standard
  • Mix and match of different device types (SSD, SAS, SATA) within a chassis as standard
  • Support for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch disks
  • The DataSafe data protection features like RAID, snapshots, and redundant componentry.

A canned quote from Kazuhiro Igarashi, the president of Fujitsu Ltd's Storage Systems Unit, said the "Eternus DX S2 disc storage systems provide a flexible solution for all usage scenarios in small, large, traditional and cloud-based environments and deliver the highest levels of data safety". ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?
China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO
If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.