Fujitsu Announces New ETERNUS DX8000 S3 Arrays

By Pedro Hernandez

Fujitsu is eyeing emerging Internet of Things (IoT) workloads with its new, high-performance disk storage systems.

The company this week unveiled its new flagship ETERNUS DX8000 S3 series of disk-based storage arrays. Consisting of three models, the DX8700 S3, and DX8900 S3 and Japan exclusive DX8100 S3, the systems are meant to help businesses better deal with -- and profit from -- the impending crush of IoT data.

"With the spread of the Internet of Things, there is a need for new 'systems of engagement,' which are used to consolidate and analyze heterogeneous data, in addition to the existing 'systems of record,' which are used in enterprise systems to keep accurate records of the results of business processes," asserted the company in a statement. "While systems of record will continue to be used and upgraded in the future, there will be a need to build new systems that can connect to systems of engagement to encourage new ways to use data."

Fujitsu has upgraded its ETERNUS line to act as the storage foundation for those engaging new workloads.

First, the company has made a big leap in performance. Courtesy of revamped controllers, input/output operations per second (IOPS) are clocked at approximately 4 million on the ETERNUS DX8900 S3, an 8x improvement over its predecessor, the ETERNUS DX8700 S2.

Extreme Cache, available as options on the ETERNUS DX8700 S3 and DX8900 S3, adds flash storage to the controller, improving the rate of cache hits during read operations. According to internal testing, the company was able to achieve a 4x bump in performance using a 100-disk ETERNUS DX8700 S3 system.

Also new is a self-tuning quality of service (QoS) feature that analyzes actual storage performance against desired benchmarks. If it falls short, the system automatically redistributes storage workloads to high-speed targets.

And in a bid to help VMware environments streamline their storage management tasks, the ETERNUS DX8700 S3 supports vSphere Virtual Volumes. "Using VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes makes it easy to set operations policies for virtual machines, such as backups and QoS, and using the vSphere Web Client interface storage operations can be optimized for the requirements of each virtual machine," said Fujitsu.

The range-topping DX8900 supports up to 4,608 drives, 6.1 terabytes (TB) of SSD cache and scales to over 13.8 petabytes (PB). The DX8700 scales to 4.6 PB while the DX8100 can reach a maximum of 288 terabytes (TB).

The systems are set to start shipping on July 31 (DX8900 and DX8700). On Nov. 30, the company plans to begin shipments of the DX8100 and DX8900 configurations with 10 to 24 controllers.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on July 02, 2015