SOURCE: Fujitsu America, Inc.

June 08, 2009 03:00 ET

Fujitsu Expands Global Storage Business Under the ETERNUS Brand

The Launch of the ETERNUS DX60 and DX80 Storage Systems Raises the Curtain on a Consolidated Global Portfolio of Versatile, High-Availability Storage Solutions

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Fujitsu today standardizes its global storage portfolio under the ETERNUS(R) brand name and introduces the ETERNUS DX60 and DX80 entry-level RAID storage systems. These new storage systems deliver new features such as reduced power consumption, simplified management and improved redundancy that meet growing demand from mid-sized enterprises. The Fujitsu CentricStor(R) virtual tape system and the FibreCAT TX entry-level tape systems are renamed ETERNUS CS and ETERNUS LT, respectively.

News Highlights

  • ETERNUS DX Key Features: Both ETERNUS DX systems offer high availability, reliability and speed at an affordable price point. The two models have redundant components and the ETERNUS DX60 offers 4 Gigabit-per-second FC technology and the ETERNUS DX80 offers 4 or 8 Gigabit-per-second FC technology. Both models feature new functions that ensure greater availability and significantly faster recovery, including eight snapshots (which can be extended to 1024) to enable rapid backups. ETERNUS DX systems are easy to install and manage. The ETERNUS DX80 also features easy-to-activate encryption to prevent unauthorized access to confidential data. Both systems include the EcoMode function, based on MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology, that allows disks that are no longer needed (such as disks planned for daily backups) to be shut down to conserve energy -- a capability designed to contribute to green data centers.

  • A Green Approach to Reliability and Availability: The ETERNUS DX60 and DX80 protect the integrity of data on the disk and in the cache with Data Block Guard, a function that detects data corruption. In addition, the systems have a CacheProtector feature which writes the contents of the RAID controller cache to flash memory if a power outage occurs. Unlike traditional batteries, a capacitor recharges within minutes, allowing the cache to be used again very quickly. This means that the system remains protected in the event of a power failure and can deliver full performance again once power is restored. The systems also have a new "Redundant Copy" function, which reacts at the first signs of a disk failure and copies the disk in question automatically. This dramatically reduces recovery times.

  • Backup to a Suitable Medium: The ETERNUS DX60 and DX80 are equipped with high-performance SAS and large capacity Nearline SAS disk drives. Together with solid state drives, which will be available later this year, this offers an extensive set of data management options. Data can be saved on the appropriate medium according to the service levels involved to meet requirements such as cost, speed, access time, lifespan and easy usage. With the RAID migration feature, data can be moved dynamically between different RAID groups and hard disks.

  • The ETERNUS DX60 and DX80 models are suitable for a wide range of applications, including storage consolidation and critical company applications, such as access to databases or e-mail, archiving, and backup to disk. They are also ideal for use in virtual server environments under VMware(R) VSphere(TM) and Microsoft(R) Hyper-V(TM).

  • The systems will succeed the FibreCAT SX60 and SX80 and the ETERNUS2000 systems. The ETERNUS DX models have four ports and can connect to as many as 128 servers in SAN mode. Currently, these models are equipped with a FC interface, but they will also be available with iSCSI and SAS interfaces in the near future. Clients have the option to continue to purchase the ETERNUS2000 for iSCSI and SAS capabilities until released under the ETERNUS DX brand.

  • Pricing and availability: The DX60 and DX80 will be available worldwide from Fujitsu America and from authorized partners as of July 1, 2009. Entry configurations will be available starting at less than $6,000.

Quotes

Dave Egan, SVP of Storage, Fujitsu America
"Popularity in North America has helped propel the ETERNUS name into a global brand, and we are pleased to unify the Fujitsu global storage portfolio under that name. At Fujitsu America, the new ETERNUS DX systems offer our channel partners and our SME clients data-center quality, reliability and flexibility out of the box, particularly in vertical markets such as education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications."

Richard Villars, VP Storage Systems and IT Strategies, IDC
"Organizations, today, need an IT partner that delivers a broad range of reliable yet innovative storage solutions to help them deal with rapid data growth and fast evolving information management needs. The globalization of Fujitsu's storage portfolio under the ETERNUS brand will allow the company to more effectively deliver a broad set of storage, backup and data protection solutions to its customers around the world."

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Company Information

About Fujitsu America, Inc.
Fujitsu America, Inc. provides a complete portfolio of business technology services, computing platforms, and industry solutions. Fujitsu platform products are based on scalable, reliable and high-performance server, storage, software, point-of-sale, and mobile technologies. Fujitsu combines its renowned platform offerings with a full suite of onshore, near shore and offshore system integration, outsourcing, and datacenter services covering applications, operations, infrastructure, customer service, and multi-vendor lifecycle services. Fujitsu provides industry-specific solutions for retail, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, financial services, and telecommunications sectors. For more information on Fujitsu America's business scope, visit http://solutions.us.fujitsu.com/.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

Fujitsu, the Fujitsu logo and ETERNUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. CentricStor is a trademark or registered trademark of Fujitsu Technology Solutions in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Hyper-V are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. VMware and VMware VSphere are trademarks or registered trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.

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