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Mar 31 2016

Optimized for Verticals: FUJITSU Servers PRIMERGY M2

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With new, fourth-generation Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 (aka Broadwell-EP) processors under the hood, Fujitsu's PRIMERGY M2 servers fit into an even broader range of usage scenarios than their predecessors.

Up until the mid-noughties, the release of a new Intel processor generation had the IT world buzz with excitement two weeks prior to the actual release date. Today this type of professional enthusiasm is hard to find. Instead, the ongoing mobile revolution has turned presentations of new hardware or fresh apps and services into major media and social events. While this trend is understandable – after all, isn't a glossy smartphone or polished interface much more attractive than a simple piece of silicon? – it does detract some well-deserved attention from the underlying infrastructure that the entire concept of mobility relies on – namely, CPUs and the servers that are built around them. Needless to say, such a lack of interest isn't even remotely justified – this article will explain why.

New Processor Family: Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4
Reports about an upcoming refresh of the Xeon® E5-2600 series of processors first appeared in May last year, following an event named Konferencji Użytkowników KDM (HPC User Conference) in Poland. Back then, Intel's Marcin Kaczmarski (head of the local data center product marketing unit) revealed a roadmap for Xeon processors that reaches well into 2017 and beyond. Kaczmarski's presentation later served as a basis for speculation in various online sources regarding lithography, core counts, feature sets and other specifications of the pending processor family. Today's launch of the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 processor family now shows that many of the rumors were actually true: designed to power two-socket systems, the new lineup features a 14 nm layout and up to 22 cores, as opposed to 22nm and 18 cores in the previous generation, and consists of more than 20 different models. Clock speeds start at 1.7 GHz base frequency for small editions and max out at 3.6 GHz in turbo mode for more powerful ones, while L3 cache sizes vary between 10 and 55 MB; moreover, customers will enjoy increased memory data rates of up to 2,400 MHz. As mentioned above, the new flagship model Xeon® E5-2699 v4 will feature 22 cores and is thus able to process 44 threads in parallel – a perfect fit for even the most ambitious tasks.

New Product Line: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY M2 Series
Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Intel, we're able to introduce our latest additions to the PRIMERGY server family on the day of the processor launch. The lineup encompasses a total of 11 new models in all standard form factors (rack, tower, blade, and scale-out systems), designed for the most diverse set of usage scenarios from running classic file services and enterprise applications to fluid dynamics simulations and providing a platform for highly converged infrastructures. The versatility of the new entries is probably best exemplified by the PRIMERGY RX2510 M2, a 1U rack server that could easily be mistaken for a simple entry-level system following the naming conventions. In reality, however, it is much more than that:

  • In its most basic edition, the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2510 M2 (pictured at the top) features one Intel® Xeon® E5-2603 v4 processor with six cores (no hyper-threading) that will deliver up to 6.4 GT/s (billions of data transfers per second) and comes equipped with 8 GB of DDR4 main memory and four 2.5 or 3.5 inch storage drive bays. This small edition appeals to companies and IT departments that wish to save on rack space as well as initial investment costs. Target usage scenarios for this 'low-end' edition include file services and basic business applications such as office suites, accounting software, or communications services/groupware, which typically run in SOHO, ROBO and SMB environments.
  • Thanks to the unparalleled flexibility of the PRIMERGY platform, the RX2510 M2 offers excellent scalability both in terms of processing power and RAM: the maximum configuration features two Intel® Xeon® E5-2660 v4 CPUs with 14 cores ready for hyper-threading, each of which will deliver up to 9.6 GT/s. These heavy-duty processors are paired with a massive 384 GB of main memory, more than one will usually find in the XaaS business. Together they can shoulder almost any kind of demanding workload, including storage virtualization as well as laying the groundwork for scale-out solutions needing large amounts of storage capacity, e.g. Hadoop clusters. This configuration is optimally suited to meet the demands of ISPs and firms that offer a variety of hosting/managed services from CRM through XaaS solutions to hybrid or shared cloud solutions.
  • In between these two extremes, we offer a host of other configurations that are fit to tackle almost any kind of regular computing task from serving up websites to controlling manufacturing processes. Thanks to this high degree of versatility, the PRIMERGY RX2510 M2 strikes a perfect balance between optimal dual-socket performance, easy manageability, leading energy efficiency and cost-effective operation.

With these characteristics combined, the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2510 M2 serves as a perfect example for the capabilities of the PRIMERGY M2 server family, a fact that's all the more significant since it is the only new model without a direct predecessor. Still, the remaining ten editions – from the PRIMERGY RX2530 M2 rack to the feature-rich server blades PRIMERGY BX2560 M2 and BX2580 M2 – are no less important, since they keep up Fujitsu's long tradition of regular, gradual server improvement.

To learn more, please visit our PRIMERGY site – and check out the video below.

Marcel Schuster

Florian Frimmel

 

About the Author:

Marcel Schuster

Senior Specialist Marketing Manager – Data Center Systems / Server

About the second Author:

Florian Frimmel

Global Product Marketing Manager, responsible for PRIMERGY tower and scale-out servers, at Fujitsu 

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