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Nov 12 2015

Build Business-Centric Infrastructures for SMBs with the New PRIMERGY Mono-Sockets!

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When you talk about "infrastructures," most people – including IT professionals – automatically envision a few hundred desktops, dozens of servers, and a bunch of dedicated storage systems. But the truth is, they start building those infrastructures much earlier, with the purchase of their first server. So it's all the more important to buy the right system from the get-go – one that's flexible enough to fit into varying usage scenarios and serve as a building block for expanding environments. Fujitsu's refreshed trio of mono-socket PRIMERGY rack and tower servers meets both demands.

So-called infrastructure issues are much more common than we think. They usually start when a small company or start-up decides to migrate certain data and/or applications away from the desktops and onto a central server for easier access. This 'first dedicated server' will quite frequently be a mono-socket system, i.e. one that features a single CPU, varying amounts of RAM, limited internal storage space, and a set of management tools. At first sight, building such a system may not seem like much of a challenge. But that definitely changes once you understand that it will have to be powerful enough to help improve application performance, flexible enough to fit into a steadily growing environment and cost-effective enough to not outrun tight budget limits. Fujitsu's revamped mono-socket PRIMERGYs excel in all three disciplines.

For small environments with high demands: PRIMERGY TX1320 M2
The Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY TX1320 M2 can be best described as the Smart (or for older readers: the Mini) among servers. Its ultra-compact design and low noise emissions make it a perfect 'companion system' for all environments where space is scarce such as offices, showrooms, or doctor's practices. And while it looks like a PC, the PRIMERGY TX1320 M2 has enough power under the hood to perform classic file, print, mail and web server tasks or even run terminal services, all for up to roughly 50 users. In fact, it performed 18.7% better than its predecessor and outclassed a competing system by 37.9% in recent SPECpower benchmark tests.1 But while performance is a strong argument, it sometimes fails to convince users who take a more conservative approach. In these cases, the system's inherent flexibility may make a difference: customers can choose between ten different processors – seven of which belong to Intel's Xeon® E3-1200 v5 family2 and reach clock speeds of up to 4 GHz – as well as three types of DDR4 memory modules of 4, 8 or 16 GB; a maximum configuration will hold 64 GB of RAM. The PRIMERGY TX1320 M2 may be fitted with up to six 2.5 inch, SAS or SATA HDD or the same amount of 2.5 inch SATA SSDs or alternatively two 3.5 inch, SAS or SATA HDDs, thus providing enough space for anywhere between 720 GB and 6 TB of information; further expansion to 12 TB is planned for a later date. Also, DOM SATAs are available as an option for specifically constricted environments. Regarding controllers, the TX1320 M2 offers four SATA controllers (configured for RAID 0, 1 and 10), two onboard LAN controllers that support Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet as well as iSCSI, PXE boot and Wake-on-LAN, and Fujitsu's classic Integrated Remote Management Controller (iRMC S4); separate RAID controllers for levels 0/1 and 5/6 and TPM 1.2 or TPM 2.0 modules are available optionally. Finally, each model comes with four PCIe slots to connect to fast external storage. For more information, please see the data sheet.

Expandable all-round server for SMBs: PRIMERGY TX1330 M2
The Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY TX1330 M2 replaces, or rather merges the formerly distinct models TX150 S8 and TX1330 M1 and comes along as the slightly bigger cousin of the TX1320. Hence, the technical specifications are very much alike: the standard size tower server uses the same processors, memory modules, and controllers, has an identical amount of PCIe slots, and will accommodate the same amount of users. There are, however, three major differences. First, the PRIMERGY TX1330 M2 can house up to twelve 3.5 inch HDDs or up to 24 smaller 2.5 inch HDDs or SSDs, thus offering up to 72 TB of internal storage space. Second, it comes with redundant power supplies and fans, which means it provides basic HA features needed to run mail or small database servers and standard business applications. Third, it excels in terms of storage flexibility/expandability: aside from 'fixed' HDD or SSD configurations, users may also opt for a mixed setup either with eight 2.5 inch hard disks or flash drives plus eight classic 3.5 inch units or a 16+4 layout. As you would expect, large 3.5 inch configurations offer the best cost per GB ratio for customers who have to host huge amounts of data, whereas 2.5 inch setups allow for higher throughput. However, mixed configurations are easily the most interesting variant, since they allow users to meet both requirements at the same time, without having to deploy separate servers or at least controllers. Moreover, it's possible to roll out complete SAS 3.0 topologies for highest performance and easy upgrades with easy-to-order drive bundles. And finally, backup or optical disk drives are available even if all HDD or SSD bays are occupied. For more information, please refer to the data sheet.

Small, affordable and feature-rich: PRIMERGY RX1330 M2
The FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M2 (pictured at the top) is a mono-socket rack server designed for companies with small IT budgets; yet one that supports a full range of expansions to best meet individual demands. With its Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors and up to 64 GB RAM, it has enough juice to act as a file server or power infrastructure and communication applications while data can be stored on up to ten internal disk drives. To get the best value for money, customers can choose between three 'storage architectures': a "many drives" version that relies exclusively on 2.5 inch SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs, a "maximum capacity" version equipped with up to four 3.5 inch drives and 12 TB of disk space, and an "all-round" version that supports up to eight 2.5 inch units plus BD or DVD drives. Moreover, three PCIe slots (2 x 3.0, 1 x 2.0) ensure connectivity to external storage. And to top things off, a bunch of optional features and extensions – e.g. RAID controllers, redundant fans and hot-plug PSUs, and support for virtual graphics processors and our energy-efficient Cool-safe® ATD design – assure that the PRIMERGY RX1330 M2 will work flawlessly in a wide variety of scenarios ranging from NAS through collaboration to admin console. Detailed information is here.

As per usual, all models come with our ServerView® Management Suite pre-installed. What's more, the PRIMERGY RX1330 M2 and TX1330 M2 may also be fitted with our new Integrated Battery Backup Unit (FJBU) that replaces a standard redundant PSU and enables a graceful shutdown in case of a power failure. If you want to learn more before you can touch & feel, just listen to what our colleagues learned about the new monos in this video.

Availability and Pricing
All new mono-socket servers described above are available for order and will ship from December 21, 2015. Prices vary by model and configuration. For everybody interested in hands-on experience, they will be showcased at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich next week. In addition, a webcast is planned for November 27.

[1] Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of November 11, 2015. The comparisons presented above are based on the best performing 1-socket server in SPECpower_ssj2008.

[2] Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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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