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Mar 28 2017

A New Generation of Mono-Socket Servers (Part 3 of 4): FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 – Expandable Server for SMEs

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Once small and medium businesses have grown accustomed to the advantages of genuine x64 servers, they will inevitably develop a taste for the more sophisticated features of the platform, such as extended scalability, expandability, and flexibility. The FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 was developed to exactly meet these advanced requirements.

For every successful SME, there comes a period during which it will undergo considerable, if not massive growing pains. Normally these occur when the size of their customer database or their product portfolio exceed certain limits or when the number of employees grows from, say, three or four dozen to a hundred and beyond. In all of these scenarios, large dataset management becomes critical and typical entry-level servers sooner or later tend to become overburdened. Many systems designed for moderate levels of expansion can no longer handle application workloads and/or the abundance of data that needs to be processed and generated within the course of daily operations. It's at this point in time that users quickly begin to warm to some of the finer and more sophisticated aspects of server-based computing, namely the extended levels of scalability, expandability and flexibility generally associated with more advanced server systems. The mono-socket PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 will deliver the critical upticks in performance and storage capacity that expanding businesses need to keep up with the increased expectations of a flourishing customer base.

Hardware Specs
To achieve this goal, we've given the entire unit a substantial makeover: Customers can now pick from a selection of six latest-gen Intel® Xeon® E3-1200v6 processors running at clock speeds between 3 and 3.9 GHz. According to official specifications, these are typically about 200 MHz faster than their immediate predecessors while at the same time offering a better voltage/frequency profile, meaning the ability to generate higher clock speeds from the same voltage that was used by fifth-generation Xeons. This, in turn, results in a 10% lower TDP. So generally speaking, users will be able to draw a better performance from less power-hungry processors, and thus benefit from lower energy costs (more on that below). While main memory capacities for the PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 range from 4 to 64 GB and are basically identical with those of the previous model, there is, however, a critical difference: This time the ECC-enabled DDR4 modules allow for sample rates of up to 2,400 instead of 2,133 MT/s. All of these hardware improvements combined have turned the PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 into one of the fastest server systems of its class, as proven by the world record score of 105 in the SPECfp_base2006 benchmark.1

At first glance, the new PRIMERGY TX1330 builds upon its precursor's design and adds newer technology. However, that's only part of the story. The value of the new TX1330 becomes clearer, when you look at the wide variety of storage configuration options and the huge flexibility that goes along with them. Depending on individual requirements and usage scenarios, customers can choose from a roster of three storage configurations. Here's what they look like:

  • The first configuration is optimized for high capacities and low costs per gigabyte. It therefore entirely relies on 3.5-inch SAS or SATA HDDs and will house up to 12 drives that can store up to 120 TB of information.
  • The second configuration is for scenarios that require high performance and data throughput. Consequently, it uses 2.5-inch, enterprise-class HDDs or SSDs with SAS or SATA interfaces that support transfer speeds of up to 12 Gbit/s. This configuration may be equipped with up to 24 drives; maximum capacity per drive goes all the way to 2 TB, allowing for 48 TB of total capacity in a fully configured system.
  • The third configuration aims to strike a balance between performance and capacity. Therefore, it offers mixed drive configurations where 2.5 inch HDDs or SSDs work side by side with 3.5 inch HDDs. This configuration can be scaled up in two ways, one that can be equipped with up to eight drives per size and type (8 + 8) and one that can have twice as many small and half as many large drives (16 + 4).

All configurations can be equipped with integrated RAID controllers that support up to 7 RAID levels and feature 1 or 2 GB caches. In addition to standard HDDs and SSDs, they may optionally be fitted with BD or DVD drives as well as LTO tape or RDX drives for backup purposes. Moreover, there is a variety of made-to-order value4you models that will support specific applications.

Finally, the new PRIMERGY TX1330 includes several extras that ensure reliable, silent end energy-efficient operation, among them

  • Redundant GbE LAN connectors that enable fast and stable communications with client systems and may be replaced with 10 GbE variants where higher throughput is required
  • Our Integrated Remote Management Controller (iRMC S4) that ensures stable, centralized and effective remote administration
  • The integrated Fujitsu Battery Backup Unit (FJBU), which basically takes on the job of an external USP and enables a graceful shutdown in case of power outages, and finally
  • Fujitsu's innovative Cool-safe® Advanced Thermal Design technology that reduces heat emissions, enables silent operation, and expands the range of ambient temperatures under which it remains functional to in between 5 and 40 °C

Use Cases
Like its cousins from the same generation, the PRIMERGY TX1330 M3 will handle a number of workloads that vary in complexity and scope. These include file, print and email services as well as the role of an application/terminal server for business or office applications. More importantly, however, its combination of first-rate performance, high storage capacities, excellent networking capabilities and flexible configuration options turn it into a system that will easily shoulder more demanding tasks, such as laying the groundwork for application virtualization or the cost-effective management and consolidation of large datasets.

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

[1] Score of 105 in the SPECfp_base2006 published by Fujitsu on the PRIMERGY TX1330 M3: http://docs.ts.fujitsu.com/dl.aspx?id=af47f480-7a3b-4d1c-b249-5b010480a5fc.

Competitive benchmark results stated reflect results published as of March 28, 2017 on http://www.spec.org.

SPEC and SPECcpu are trademarks or registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). For the latest SPECcpu2006 results, visit http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/ .

Nitin Sitaram

 

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