MUNICH: Fujitsu has unveiled a new generation of its mid-range Eternus DX disk systems, bolstering performance while claiming to place priority on business-centric operations.
Unveiled at the Fujitsu Forum event in Germany, the latest iteration of Eternus systems boasts up to 90 percent system utilisation, going against the generally accepted principle of keeping system utilisation below 50 percent for fear of sluggish system response times.
As a result, Fujitsu says its low-end systems now feature the performance of last generation's mid-range machines. The top mid-range unit, the DX600 S3, boasts performance of 500,000 IOPs (input/output operations per second). It expects to see fivefold performance increases while bandwidth capabilities are set to triple.
The new range, which includes the entry-level Eternus DX100 S3 and DX200 S3, and the mid-range DX500 S3 and DX600 S3 also includes what Fujitsu touts as business-centric operations which enable administrators to prioritise mission-critical operations during times of system conflict.
Fujitsu's senior vice president of product development, Jen Peiter Seick, told delegates at Fujitsu Forum: "Eternus systems look to align storage closer to the business, and assign storage performance to the most critical business applications."
For example, retail businesses whose enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are seen as "mission critical" will be able to ensure constant performance without having to run them on a separate system, with other processes such as HR and payroll tasks taking a back seat while more important ones run.
New Eternus DX systems can also be configured to operate as unified storage systems, featuring integrated block and file functionality as well as SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network area storage) capabilities. As a result, failover response times are significantly reduced, lowering the risk of significant downtime as well creating a more consistent user experience.
Seick said the firm would be introducing further developments throughout 2014 including faster rebuilding of failed disks, better compression and deduplication functionality, as well as the use of InfiniBand switches.
Fujitsu's latest line of Eternus DX systems will be available from 16 December.
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