Fujitsu boosts array performance

By Kevin Komiega

-- Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced the availability of a new family of midrange storage systems that uses quad-core processors and advanced cache management to double the performance over previous models.

The new Eternus8000 and Eternus4000 storage systems feature flexible connectivity with support for 8Gbps Fibre Channel or iSCSI host channels and the ability to intermix SATA and Fibre Channel disk drives.

The Eternus arrays are equipped with virtual LUN, massive array of idle disk (MAID), encryption and WAN optimization technologies, but Fujitsu plans to roll out more advanced software for the Eternus family over the course of 2009.

"We will release thin provisioning capabilities in the next quarter, and solid-state disks are coming," says Jim DeCaires, Fujitsu's storage product marketing manager, adding that data de-duplication is also on tap via a joint partnership.

Fujitsu sells the Eternus family through channel partners and has expanded its reseller partnership with Synnex to address the midrange market. Previously, the Fujitsu-Synnex relationship had been limited to Fujitsu's Lifebook notebooks and tablet PCs.

"Tech Data is currently our primary distributor for the Eternus line. Now Synnex is coming on board as another channel partner to strengthen our ability to reach midrange resellers," says DeCaires.

An Eternus4000 with dual controllers, dual power supplies, four Fibre Channel server connections, five 146GB 15,000rpm disk drives and Eternus Storage Manager software starts at $39,000.

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This article was originally published on January 12, 2009