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Apr 02 2019

Innovation Meets Performance: Meet the New PRIMERGY M5 and PRIMEQUEST Generations (Pt. 2)


Citius, altius, forties (in English: faster, higher, stronger) is not only the official motto of the Olympic Games; it's also a perfect description of the logic the ICT industry has followed over the past couple of decades. Hence, every generation of processors and memory modules is more powerful and adaptable than the previous one, and so is the hardware building on these components. Consequently, developing and building new servers is a permanent exercise in enabling customers to produce better results with smaller effort. Our latest-generation PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST models are no exception to the rule. Part 2 of our three-part blog elaborates on the improvements to our brand of x86 standard servers.

The PRIMERGY M5 Generation
Following on the heels of Intel's Cascade Lake launch, Fujitsu today introduces a whole new generation of x86 standard dual-socket servers encompassing a total of eight models: four rack systems, one standalone tower server, and three nodes that go into the multi-node CX systems. All are powered by Cascade Lake Xeon® Scalable processors, though not all may be equipped with the Platinum- and Gold-level varieties:

    • The FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2520 M5 is a baseline unit that covers essential data center and storage needs, e.g. as a web or file server. The 2U server may be fitted with up to 2 CPUs that hold up to 14 cores each (TDP is limited to 125 W), up to twelve DDR4 DIMMs with maximum speeds of 2,933 MHz, and up to 24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" hot-pluggable storage drives. Main memory capacities range from 8 to 768 GB, and maximum storage capacities reach 32 TB. The server also comes with a variety of interfaces and controllers, among them 6 PCIe slots, 7 USB 3.0 and 2 GbE connectors, and a dedicated management LAN port to link to the iRMC 5 remote management controller.
    • The PRIMERGY RX2530 M5 packs even more of a punch into a 1U housing, making it the ideal platform to run infrastructure tasks, small databases and BI applications, and virtualization, cloud or web services. Customers can choose from 5 editions (1 LFF and 4 SFF variants) that will house up to 2 CPUs, up to 4 x 3.5 inch or 10 x 2.5 inch drives, and up to 7.5 TB (sic!) of main memory in a mixed mode (DDR4/Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory). Regarding CPUs, users get to pick from over 30 models that cover the entire set of performance classes from Bronze to Platinum, maximum core counts and clock speeds of up to 4.3 GHz in turbo mode. Hence, the RX2530 M5 may also be equipped with up to 12 Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory modules for an extra performance boost. Storage capacities range from 960 GB to 76.8 TB, depending on drive types and configuration.


Fig. 1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2530 M5

    • The PRIMERGY RX2540 M5 is the 'data center standard' model, covering use cases like performance-oriented DBMS's, large virtualization scenarios, and other demanding applications such as business analytics, CRM, etc. Available in the same form factors and with the same choice of processors as the RX2530 M5, it's equipped with up to 3.0 TB of pure DDR4 memory and up to a max of 7.5TB (mixed mode) with optionally up to 12 Intel® Optane™ accelerators. The modular design of the server offers excellent expandability with up to 28 disk drives, high storage density, and up to 8 PCIe Gen 3 I/O expansion slots.
    • The PRIMERGY RX4770 M5 four-socket system rounds out our portfolio of fresh rack server offerings. Up to 4 Intel® Xeon® Scalable Family processors with a maximum of 28 cores push this server to a whole new level of compute performance to deliver business results both quicker and with higher accuracy. Thanks to superfast DDR4 technology with up to 6TB memory capacity and optionally up to 24 Intel® Optane™ DCPMM modules along with excellent support for NVMe Flash drives, the system can handle a host of complex, data-intensive workloads, among them OLTP applications, BI workloads, and server consolidation. Moreover, it fits particularly well with in-memory databases such as SAP HANA®; in fact, the two harmonize even better than HANA and the server's immediate predecessor. (For more information on what NVMe can do, check out our white paper "The non-volatile memory opportunity: Why NVM matters".)


Fig. 1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX4770 M5

    • Versatile, robust and cost-efficient, the PRIMERGY TX2550 M5 remains the 'tower powerhouse' it has always been; only this time around, it's even an even better match for the Olympic motto than before. The office-ready system features up to 2 Xeon® Scalable CPUs with up to 24 cores, along with up to 1.5TB of memory in mixed mode with 2,933 GHz DDR4 modules and Intel® Optane™ DCPMM modules, making this powerful system ideal for most CPU- and memory- driven requirements such as industry-specific applications, virtualization, ERP, analytics and similar tasks. On top of that, the server is highly expandable, offering slots for up to 32 storage devices, and supports advanced RAID and high-throughput networking cards including DynamicLOM, and NVMe options. As a result, it's also a perfect fit for storage-centric collaboration and infrastructure workloads, traffic-intensive web scenarios, or even suitable for Big Data configurations. Up to 8 expansion slots are available for future growth and the server is rack-upgrade ready as well.


Fig. 1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX2550 M5

  • The PRIMERGY CX2550/2560/2570 M5 node servers replace their fourth-generation predecessors within our FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY CX400 M4 modular enclosure. Like most of their rack cousins, they come equipped with up to 2 Xeon® Scalable CPUs with maximum core counts of 28 (in the case of the CX2560 M5: 24); maximum RAM capacities clock in at 3.5 TB for the CX2550/CX2560 variants and 2 TB for the CX2570, respectively. Optane™ modules are supported in the CX2550/60, whereas the CX2570 gets by on conventional DDR4 bars, but can instead include up to four NVIDIA® Tesla® V100 accelerator cards. Finally, they the nodes can make use of up to 2 (CX2550) or up to 6 (CX2560/70) 2.5" HDDs or SSDs located in the front of the chassis. In addition, each of the nodes provides two internal M.2 slots. – Like all PRIMERGY models, these server nodes are tailored to suit special use cases: the CX2550 M5 will accommodate high-performance as well as technical computing scenarios; the CX2560 is ideally suited for virtualization purposes and essential data center needs; and the Tesla-powered CX2570 covers AI and Deep Learning.

All systems come bundled with a complete package of server and infrastructure management software, including FUJITSU Software ServerView Suite, Infrastructure Manager (ISM) Advanced and the all-new ISM Essential, and remote management capabilities via iRMC S5. The new ISM Essential license, available free-of-charge, provides essential server management and converged monitoring functions. And just like the previous generation, they feature hot-pluggable power supplies with up to 96% energy efficiency as well as our time-tested Cool-safe® Advanced Thermal Design to ensure operation in higher ambient temperatures.

Availability and Pricing
The rack models RX2530/2540/2570/4770 M5 are available immediately, and so are the node servers CX2550/2560/2570 M5. The FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY TX2550 M5 will ship in June, and the RX2520 M5 will ship in July. Prices vary depending on region and configuration.

In part 3 of our blog, we will focus on our latest additions to the PRIMEQUEST family of business- and mission-critical servers.

Nitin Sitaram

Marcel Schuster


About the Author:

Nitin Sitaram

Specialist Marketing Manager, Product Data Center Server, Global Marketing

About the second Author:

Marcel Schuster

Senior Specialist Marketing Manager – Data Center Systems / Server


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