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Mar 28 2017

A New Generation of Mono-Socket Servers (Part 4 of 4): FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 – Small Size, Low Costs, Rich Feature Set

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While the majority of mono-socket PRIMERGY systems consists of tower servers, Fujitsu has long made it a rule to also offer a rack version that uses the same components and basic concepts, only this time in a 1U housing – or pizza-box, as some might say. The result is an affordable, highly configurable server that fits in almost everywhere and efficiently handles simple as well as business-critical tasks.

No matter how powerful and versatile tower systems become, some people will always insist that they aren't 'real' servers simply because they don't look right. But even if an argument based on looks rather than capabilities seems weird, we have to concede that it's valid here, at least to some degree. The reason is that at some point in time the form factor does matter – typically when a small but expanding company starts to build its first in-house data center. Once that decision is made, they will want to roll out multiple servers in racks – and that's where the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 comes into play.

A Bit of History
Like its cousins from the mono-socket fold, the PRIMERGY RX1330 and its predecessors debuted several years ago and were designed to meet strict energy efficiency standards and offer a host of expansion options. Thanks to its rock-solid performance and advanced feature set, the first-generation RX1330 was later also incorporated into a two-piece, modular infrastructure system with the ETERNUS JX40 storage subsystem. In November 2015, we released an 'enhanced edition' with up to 50% faster processors (Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 instead of v3) and twice the amount of RAM (64 instead of 32 GB); moreover, customers could now choose between three different internal storage architectures that suited different usage scenarios. These adjustments brought about massive improvements in performance and functionality, and so we decided to use the second-generation RX1330 as a blueprint for future editions.

The New Model
Because of this approach, the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 may initially seem like the hardware equivalent to an incremental software update. The most visible changes pertain to the processors and main memory:

  • Customers can choose from nine different Intel® processors, six of which are quad-cores from the new Xeon® E3-1200v6 family and run at clock speeds between 3 and 3.9 GHz in regular and 3.3 and 4 GHz in turbo mode. While these clock speeds are only marginally higher than before, it must be noted here that the Kaby Lake-based Xeons produce a 10% lower TDP than their predecessors, which adds to the server's energy efficiency. Customers may also opt for dual-core Celeron®, Core™ or Pentium® models in case their requirements are rather modest.
  • Each PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 has four memory slots that can be fitted with the latest ECC-enabled DDR4 modules, which allow for sample rates of 2,400 instead of formerly 2,133 MT/s; total RAM capacities vary between 4 and 64 GB.

All of these hardware improvements combined have turned the PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 into one of the fastest server systems of its class, as proven by the world record score of 271 in the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark.1

Less visible, but equally important is the addition of a TPM 2.0 microcontroller/cryptoprocessor that replaces the old modular TPM. The new chip adds hardware support for more and more complex cryptographic algorithms, improves authorization mechanisms, and simplifies TPM management, all of which results in substantially higher system, data and application security and better protection against criminal hackers.

Otherwise, the PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 retains many time-tested advanced features and functions, namely its triple of optimized storage configurations:

  • The "maximum capacity" version holds four 3.5-inch drives and stores up to 12 TB of data, which is ideal for use as a file server.
  • The "many drives" version employs up to ten 2.5-inch, SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs and delivers enterprise-class performance – useful whenever fast access to data and applications and low latencies are mandatory.
  • The "all-round" version supports up to eight SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs along with a BD or DVD drive and covers all use cases in between.

All storage architectures can be configured to meet different data protection and performance requirements. The standard onboard configuration includes four SATA drives in a cost-effective RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup. Servers equipped with SAS drives offer a broader selection of RAID levels (0, 1, 10, 5 and 6) and cache sizes of up to 2 GB. When equipped with Fujitsu's PRAID EP420i RAID controller, the system may even provide the optional SafeStore functionality, which basically ensures that data stay safe and encrypted in case an HDD must be removed. This function is typically associated with larger and more powerful dual- and four-socket systems. In case larger storage configurations are required, the server can connect to external disk arrays via three PCIe slots.

Further advanced features are identical with those of the third-generation TX1320/1330 units and include

Use Cases
Thanks to its powerful performance, enhanced security, flexible configuration options and vast set of advanced features, the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M3 is suitable for deployment in various usage scenarios, e.g. as NAS filer, especially with Fujitsu's JBOD systems, as communications server for mail, messaging and collaboration or as a central console for server and infrastructure management. Aside from such rather common scenarios, the system will also handle more exotic tasks, for instance as a platform for building services and "domestic infrastructure control systems" – read: a management instance for smart, connected devices.

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 271 in the SPECint_rate_base2006 published by Fujitsu on the PRIMERGY RX1330 M3: http://docs.ts.fujitsu.com/dl.aspx?id=5e4e6b20-43bc-4d2d-9cde-af73c4c01e6d

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/

Marcel Schuster

 

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