Fujitsu will reveal details today of the expansion of its server line into the sub-#1,000 server market, and outline its New Year marketing plans.
"We have had sub-#1,000 servers, but to be honest they were little more than PCs turned on end," admitted Paul Stow, Fujitsu's vice president for server development.
The vendor's marketing effort for its server line will concentrate on extending "resilience" (extending life expectancy and minimising down-time) to the low end of the market. The firm will face plenty of competition in the sub-#1,000 server market, from both established players and small assemblers.
Despite being a single Pentium II processor box, Fujitsu's new A800I shares the same server management capability as its four older brothers, including the eight-way Xeon M800I server. Fujitsu will also bring the same certifications and support for connectivity to the lower end, Stow explained.
Fujitsu regards a resilient server as one that is designed to be tolerant of the failure of its most unreliable components. The A800I has redundant power supplies, disks and fans that will kick in when the other fails, and will flag up the need to replace the original. The parts are hot swappable, so they can be exchanged with the machine still up and running.
Higher up the range, Fujitsu has introduced fault tolerance to the CPUs and memory in its existing four-way servers. If the CPU fails in a four-way server, the machine will automatically reconfigure to be a three-CPU machine and will reboot.
All Fujitsu's servers are ported to Windows NT, Novell NetWare and SCO UnixWare. At the moment, the company has no plans to offer additional operating systems. Fujitsu claims to be agnostic and would support other vendors like Linux or Solaris if enough customers asked for it. Stow, however, only recalled two customers asking recently if Fujitsu supported Solaris and none asked for Linux.
The A800I, featuring a Pentium II 350MHz with 6Gb hard drive, 64Mb of RAM and a 32x speed CD-ROM, will ship this week, priced at #999.
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