Fujitsu Goes All-Flash with New Eternus DX200F Array

By Pedro Hernandez

In another sign that all-flash arrays are going mainstream, Fujitsu has just unwrapped the Eternus DX200F, a 2U array that houses up to 24 solid-state drives for up to 38 TB of data storage capacity.

The dual-controller array can be outfitted with up to 16 GB of cache and 2.5-inch SSDs, of either the 800 GB or 1.6 TB variety. It supports 16 Gbps Fibre Channel or 10 GBps iSCSI and features redundant RAID controllers, power supplies and fans.

Preconfigured out of the gate, the DX200F is designed to provide businesses with a speedy networked storage foundation for workloads that can give storage area networks (SANs) a workout, according to the company.

Between the SSDs and the DX200F's 12-gigabit per second (Gbps) SAS interface, "latency is an extremely low 0.5 ms, which is ideal for I/O-intensive environments," boasted the company in an announcement. Fujitsu claims that the product features a system architecture that is optimized for databases and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) setups, among other environments, that "typically use block sizes of 8 KB or more."

The DX200F can deliver 4KB random access performance of 400,000 IOPS. The system can pump sequential data at a rate of up to 12 GB per second.

In making the business case for the new array, Fujitsu said that the new array can create new "opportunities by enabling companies to run real-time analytics for big data, or to handle web traffic during peak times much more smoothly." The DX200F can also help organizations plow through database index searches, thereby slashing batch processing times by up to 75 percent, said the IT systems provider's estimates.

There are also perks for data center operators that looking to drive up the energy efficiency of their storage networks and reclaim valuable rack space. Compared to traditional HDD-based arrays, "the deployment of an ETERNUS DX200F with the same capacity will result in energy savings of up to 90 percent and space savings of up to 50 percent."

Fujistju joins an increasingly growing number of storage vendors that are banking on the growing popularity of all-SSD arrays.

EMC finally began shipments of its XtremIO all-flash arrays in November 2013, a year after the data storage giant acquired the technology. Also in November, NetApp unveiled its own SSD-packed storage system, the EF550.

The DX200F is available now in Japan with global shipments to follow.

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

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This article was originally published on May 09, 2014