Fujitsu has launched an entry-level server featuring its zero-watt technology. Aimed at small businesses, the system is designed to save money on energy consumption, and carries a price tag comparable to a desktop PC.
Available immediately, the Primergy TX100 S2 is a tower-format server designed simply to deliver file-and-print services in small-to-medium business environments.
However, Fujitsu claims a reduced level of power consumption in operation. The system uses a maximum of 250W, and has a power supply with an 88 per cent energy efficiency rating.
Another power-saving feature is the so-called zero-watt technology that Fujitsu introduced on some desktop PCs earlier this year. This reduces power consumption to nothing when the system is turned off, whereas other systems typically continue to draw several watts so long as they remain plugged into the mains power.
"Not all companies, especially medium-sized businesses, really need their server running around the clock," said Joe Duran, manager of Fujitsu's Primergy server business for UK & Ireland.
"Although the energy savings from individual Primergy TX100 S2 servers are not massive, we are striving to deliver server models that are as energy efficient as possible."
Each Primergy TX100 S2 can still be accessed for administration purposes by scheduling it to 'wake up' at a preconfigured time when maintenance and updates can be performed, according to Fujitsu.
The server is based on Intel's Xeon 3400 series processors with up to 16GB memory and built-in support for Raid disk arrays. Prices start at £393.
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