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Mar 28 2017

A New Generation of Mono-Socket Servers (Part 1 of 4): FUJITSU PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 – Ideal for Essential Workloads

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As IT infrastructures continually evolve, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still looking for an entry into the world of server-based computing, while others are looking to expand their existing server infrastructure via cost effective platforms. The FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 has all the capabilities it takes to meet both requirements.

A few years ago, some of my friends joined a promising data startup working on business analytics. The firm would host the applications on their own hardware for client security and provide basic web access. They decided one of their priorities was to keep costs low, by all means necessary. So when evaluating IT hardware for their office infrastructure, they chose commercial PCs. They believed that PCs were cheap, were customizable for different requirements (or so they thought) and would be easy to run. Over time, as their needs grew, more PCs were acquired, some for centralized applications, other for file storage and basic small office workloads. Some had to be upgraded repeatedly and applications still ran slow. When run around the clock, reliability issues came up. Different systems ran with different versions of operating systems, firmware and drivers – keeping them updated and in synch was a hassle. Outages were occurring more and more, and customers were baffled as to why otherwise excellent services would simply not function in a production environment. The organization just bought more PCs to 'scale'. Things became even more problematic when "secure data" was put at jeopardy as systems repeatedly shut down. Finally, the organization decided to move to servers. They paid high fees to transfer their haphazard infrastructure into an organized setup at short notice. Their competitive advantage of being early, "secure" niche-service providers was challenged as other firms offered more basic but reliable services around the clock. If the organization had thought of the business value of buying affordable, genuine servers from the very beginning, things would have been much easier.

There's a couple of lessons to be learned from that episode, but only one truly stands out: (re-)using PCs to handle essential workloads may often seem unavoidable, especially for SMEs that are just getting started, but it comes with a significant hidden cost. Put differently, if a firm wants to stay competitive, it's best to invest in suitable hardware up front, or at least soon enough to prevent serious system crashes. Unfortunately, getting the right hardware can be as tricky today as it used to be five or ten years ago, because numerous entry-level systems available in the market are still either oversized or overpriced. By contrast, Fujitsu's new PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 packs all the performance SMEs need into an affordable package that pairs PC-like ease of use with the reliability of a real server. It can be the first "real server" SMEs buy as well as the server that can be steadily acquired in numbers to build a highly affordable IT infrastructure.

Fresh Processors and Memory Modules
Like other mono-socket PRIMERGYs of the M3 generation, the TX 1310 M3 features the latest Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v6 product family processors for optimal performance. Standard configurations of the latest TX1310 will typically be equipped with quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 or E3-1245 processors that reach respective clock speeds of 3.3 and 3.7 GHz in regular and 3.5 and 3.9 GHz in turbo mode, respectively. Alternatively, they may be outfitted with dual-core Celeron®, Core™ or Pentium® models in case performance demands and/or budgets are more limited. Beyond just the processors, the PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 does provide a significant advantage over its predecessor, because the memory modules also received a major makeover: Instead of the old DDR3 types, the new systems are using DDR4 DIMMs that allow for higher sample rates (2,400 instead of 1,600 MT/s). Moreover, RAM capacity now scales up to 64 GB, twice as much as in the previous edition. Internal storage consists of up to four "cold-plug" 3.5 inch SATA HDDs that can house up to 40 TB of data – just the right amount for small, but expanding businesses.

Along with this standard configuration, we're also offering a basic edition on a special release basis that may be equipped with the same types of processors, but only half the main memory and storage capacity of the standard server configuration.

Regarding support for operating systems and virtualization platforms, the PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 is as flexible as the first generation: all machines are fit for use with software from Microsoft (Windows Server 2012 and later), Red Hat (RHEL 7), SUSE (SLES 12), and VMware (vSphere™ 6.0 and 6.5).

Size and Design
Unlike desktops, laptops or tablets, servers are not normally praised for their good looks or innovative design. That's fine as long as they reside in separate server rooms and are not exposed to the eyes of clients, employees or guests. However, most SMEs don't have these rooms, which means that their server(s) will have to fit into a regular office environment. In other words, it shouldn't occupy too much space, give off too much heat, emit too much noise or look too different from the rest of the equipment. That's why we took the time and redesigned our entry-level tower system from the ground up: its new chassis is about 40% smaller in comparison to earlier editions and sports the same Nexperience design that turns FUJITSU ESPRIMO desktop PCs into real eye-catchers. Also, the server features Fujitsu's innovative Cool-safe® Advanced Thermal Design technology and an optimized airflow to reduce heat emissions, enable silent operation, and expand the range of ambient temperatures under which it remains functional by a total of 40% to in between 5 and 40 °C (41 and 104 °F), compared to in between 10 and 35 °C (50 to 95 °F) in the previous edition. In addition, The PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 comes with a new enclosure that sports a so-called screwless design to ensure that admins, service technicians and even normal employees can easily access and swap core components if necessary, thus helping to substantially reduce IT maintenance burden. All in all, users get an affordable, yet potent server that is easy to operate and maintain, fits into almost any environment, and even appeals to the casual onlooker – a rare combination indeed.

Use Cases
As outlined above, the PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 follows in the footsteps of its immediate predecessor and adds the latest technology for better performance. In other words, it's ideal as a starter kit for SMEs that want to transition from PC-based ersatz systems or add genuine server gear. The PRIMERGY TX1310 M3 will enable them to reliably process essential workloads around the clock and all year long, without having to fear a standard application or service might go down. For example, it could be particularly useful for retailers planning to implement small POS backend systems, but will also work as a stable print server, as a domain controller in Windows environments with a limited user base or as a centralized file server in small offices. It is also suitable for light industry specific applications and office workloads.

For more information, please refer to our product site and the data sheet. For a quick taste, check out the videoflash below.

Nitin Sitaram

 

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Nitin Sitaram

Specialist Marketing Manager, Product Data Center Server, Global Marketing

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