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Sep 28 2016

Reliability, Security and Efficiency at Their Best: the FUJITSU Desktop ESPRIMO Family (Part 3 of 3)


As a Fujitsu Channel Partner, one of the most frequently asked question you'll hear from your customers is, "Why should I buy desktop computers from Fujitsu?" This article gives an overview of the most relevant arguments that speak for our ESPRIMO product family. In a nutshell, it's a combination of reliability, flexibility/configurability, security, and energy efficiency that puts them ahead of the competition. This final part of our three-part series focuses on energy efficiency.

Not too long ago, the catch phrase of "Green IT" created a major buzz in the market; however, unfortunately it was often seen as a mere PR stunt. This may have been justified in some cases, but altogether most efforts to create more eco-friendly products were serious – so serious in fact that today even some no-name PCs come equipped with SSDs and/or power-saving CPUs. Still, most users find it extraordinarily hard to build environmentally sound IT infrastructures, simply because many products will not let them achieve what is possible today.

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Fujitsu's journey to greener pastures on the other hand started almost 30 years ago: in 1988, we established our first takeback program and started manufacturing monitors that complied with TCO standards. Five years later, we introduced the PCD-4LsI, our first "green PC" for office environments that featured an automated power save function and consisted of 90% recyclable parts. Today, practically all our desktop products comply with all relevant environmental standards by design – and we strive to top these standards where possible, for example by adding up to 94% energy-efficient PSUs. FUJITSU ESPRIMO Desktops equipped with these power supplies practically eliminate the risk of power losses, as the sophisticated PSU design ensures that they operate with the highest energy-efficiency whenever possible, and thus facilitate substantial cost savings.

Moreover, our developers consistently use the energy management functions of Intel¬ Core™ vPro™ processors and Intel¬ chipsets to create innovative, power-saving features for our ESPRIMO family of desktops. The latest of these features is called Low Power Active Mode (LPAM) and was introduced following the release of 6th Gen of Intel® processors in Q3/2015.

So what exactly does LPAM do? From a sysadmin's perspective, it helps to bridge the gap between a PC's regular idle mode and its ACPI S3 state, commonly known as "suspend to RAM." Put differently, with LPAM activated a PC will draw 4 to 5 watts from the grid – roughly 25 percent less than in standard idle mode – whereas ACPI S3 reduces this amount to 1 watt. Still the question remains why such a feature makes sense and what it helps users accomplish.

The answer is that with LPAM turned on, a desktop computer becomes more responsive than in suspend-to-RAM mode. Customers have likened this new behavior to that of a smartphone: a PC may look as though it's been turned off, but will draw enough power to perform critical background tasks. As a result, power-hungry applications such as browsers are reliably suspended while network connections are kept alive so that email clients may connect to the server and keep a user's inbox up-to-date at any point in time. Likewise, administrators can perform virus scans or system maintenance, because they have permanent in-band access to the system. Lastly, PCs with LPAM activated 'wake up' immediately whenever calls or invitations to video conferences come in, logging contact details and arranging for return calls if the user isn't available. To achieve this, a sysadmin only has to choose the "always available" device profile in an ESPRIMO's workplace power and communication settings, pick the times during which the system remains active, and select the applications to be suspended when the monitor is off. One more click to confirm the changes, and it's all done – a fairly simple way of helping users to stay in touch and get their jobs done, and companies to remain agile and responsive.

Currently, LPAM is supported by the following members of our ESPRIMO family: ESPRIMO Q956, D/P956, X956/T desktops from the Superior segment; ESPRIMO D/P756 desktops from the Advanced segment; and ESPRIMO Q556 from the All-round segment. For more details, please see our white paper on FUJITSU Always Available Office PCs.

In recent years, the rise and ubiquity of mobile devices have led many self-proclaimed experts to believe that the demise of the desktop PC is just around the corner. By contrast, we at Fujitsu think it still has a future, simply because professional users and their employers cannot afford a radical shift anytime soon, for legal and financial reasons. In addition, there also is no technical reason to write off the PC when ongoing hardware improvements help you modernize (or rather: re-invent) this class of devices according to customers' needs. Fujitsu's ESPRIMO PCs with their outstanding reliability, comprehensive security features and focus on energy efficiency clearly demonstrate what truly modern desktops can do.

Bernd Germandi


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Bernd Germandi

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu


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