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Apr 09 2015

Server/Storage Combination for SMBs: PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 and ETERNUS JX40 S2

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Data volumes continue to expand, and capacity requirements often exceed the internal storage capacity servers can offer. As a result, many organizations – especially SMBs and start-ups – will often combine servers with cheap external consumer-grade storage to make up for the lack of disk space. Unfortunately, such a setup can seriously harm the performance of both the server and the storage system. A combination of Fujitsu's entry-level PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 rack server with our new ETERNUS JX40 S2 storage subsystem will help users avoid such pitfalls.

Today's start-ups and SMBs are often led by 'children of the digital age' – people who grew up, went to school, and got their first job when the Internet and mobile communications began to take hold in our everyday lives. Unsurprisingly, these bosses are usually better prepared to handle IT challenges and find practical solutions to (or at least workarounds for) these than the previous generation. However, even tech-savvy people sometimes underestimate the size of a problem and end up voting for second best. One of the most critical issues is data growth: a majority of users has no idea how much information they will generate and receive, and hence no concept of how much storage space they'll need. This is where Fujitsu's single-socket rack server PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 and storage subsystem ETERNUS JX40 S2 come into play – together, they're the perfect infrastructure system for all shops that seek a simple, yet efficient modular solution for basic IT needs with enough headroom to grow over time.

Module #1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M1
The PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 is a single-socket system that combines high CPU power with above-average memory expandability in this segment and easily serves as an infrastructure system by itself. As our most basic system, this 1U server follows the design philosophy "small in size and low in cost, but rich in optional features." Less poetically put, the RX1330 M1 is supposed to work as a fast, reliable, and energy-efficient file or NAS server that comes at an affordable price and can be configured to accommodate various essential and 'SMB-typical' applications such as mail and messaging, collaboration or IT infrastructure applications such as anti-virus programs. Available in five different configurations that may be optimized for speed or capacity and offer first-rate uptime levels and expandability, the systems are equipped with processors from Intel's Xeon® E3-1200 v3 family running at base clock speeds between 2 and 3.7 GHz (Celeron, Core or Pentium models may be ordered optionally) and main memory capacities ranging from 2 to 32 GB. Internal storage capacity can be configured freely with options for a maximum of eight 2.5 inch or four 3.5 inch SATA or SAS drives and maxes out at 16 TB in a setup with four 3.5 inch SATA HDDs that hold 4 TB each. For especially demanding scenarios, Fujitsu offers a 'many drives' configuration with ten 2.5 inch, enterprise-class SSDs or HDDs to suit read-intensive applications. All configurations may be enhanced with optional extras such as hot-pluggable PSUs, redundant fans, modular RAID controllers, and support for integrated server graphics (pGFX). Like other members of the PRIMERGY family, the RX1330 M1 comes equipped with our ServerView® Management Suite and a latest-generation integrated remote management controller (iRMC S4). These characteristics combined already make for very attractive entry-level systems that leave little to be desired, except with regard to energy efficiency – and so the developers decided to add in our trademark Cool-safe® Advanced Thermal Design (ATD) that can be ordered optionally free of charge and is particularly useful in SMB environments that typically lack datacenter-grade cooling and air conditioning.

 

Fig. 1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M1

Fig. 1: FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 (top view)

 

Module #2: FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS JX40 S2
As noted above, the PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 already offers a massive amount of internal storage, especially in its many-disks- and capacity-optimized configurations. However, there are always scenarios in which capacity requirements will exceed the disk space that can reasonably be housed in a 1U system. In all of these cases, adding a passive storage extension is a recommendable option. Currently, the best addition your SMB customers can pick is our Fujitsu ETERNUS JX 40 S2 storage subsystem. Designed for high performance and reliability, it can hold up to 172.8 TB of information distributed over 96 SAS drives, but may also be delivered with SSDs (max. capacity 153.6 TB) or in mixed-disk configurations. The ETERNUS JX40 S2 connects to PRIMERGY servers via a 12 Gbit/s SAS interface, supports all major RAID levels, and comes with redundant power supplies and fans. All ETERNUS JX systems deliver data protection with built-in resilience, and can be managed using standard Fujitsu ServerView® software. They are a fast, easy way to implement virtualization or backup-to-disk, and also a perfect fit for Microsoft Exchange and HPC environments. These key features are already pretty convincing, but even so our developers opted to include number of tweaks to make the JX40 S2 even more attractive. Most important among these is that the system will flawlessly operate within the same extended temperature range as the RX1330 M1 with Cool-safe® ATD technology, that is, between 5° and 40° C (41° and 104° F). All of these features clearly exceed what customers would expect from an entry-level DAS system, thus turning the ETERNUS JX40 S2 into a capable partner for dual-socket servers like the PRIMERGY RX2530 M1 or RX2540 M1.

 

Fig. 2: FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS JX40 S2

Fig. 2: FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS JX40 S2

 

Combining the Strengths
Thanks to their large capacity, simple setup and easy expandability, the PRIMERGY RX1330 M1 and ETERNUS JX40 S2 make for an ideal pair to solve two of the most pressing issues for startups and SMBs: with nearly 190 TB of raw capacity in a maximum configuration spanning both devices, they will cover the better part of their initial storage needs. At the same time, the high-performance hardware contained with each system offers just the right oomph needed to run mail, messaging and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Exchange. All told, the RX1330/JX40 combination is not only the best choice for single-server environments with high storage requirements, but also forms a solid basis for high-availability configurations with two clustered servers. Add to that the fact that both systems are simple to manage using Fujitsu's ServerView® Suite, and you get a near-perfect entry-level solution. Or in other words, real value for money.

Kathrin Hofherr

Marcel Schuster

 

About the Author:

Kathrin Hofherr

Product Marketing Manager Storage at Fujitsu

About the second Author:

Marcel Schuster

Senior Specialist Marketing Manager – Data Center Systems / Server

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