Fujitsu revamps entry-level storage line

By Kevin Komiega

-- Fujitsu this week unveiled a pair of entry-level disk arrays and consolidated its storage portfolio under the Fujitsu Eternus brand as part of the company's global restructuring project.

The new Eternus DX60 and DX80 entry-level RAID arrays, which are succeeding the Eternus2000 line at the low end of Fujitsu's product line, offer a range of connectivity options. The DX60 offers 4Gbps Fibre Channel technology, while the DX80 offers speeds of up to 8Gbps.

The systems have four ports and can connect to as many as 128 servers in SAN mode. The DX systems are equipped with Fibre Channel interfaces, but they will also be available with iSCSI and SAS interfaces "in the near future," according to Jim DeCaires, Fujitsu's storage product marketing manager.

Both models feature eight snapshots (expandable up to 1,024) for fast backups and are based on MAID (massive array of idle disks) technology via a function called EcoMode, which powers down idle drives to conserve energy.

The DX systems are based on the same basic design and architecture as the Eternus2000, but DeCaires says they are better, faster and less expensive.

However, fans of the Eternus2000 still have the option to continue to purchase the Eternus2000 for iSCSI and SAS capabilities until released under the DX brand.

The DX60 and DX80 will be available worldwide from Fujitsu America and from authorized partners in July, with entry configurations starting at just under $6,000.

Fujitsu is also re-branding its tape systems. The CentricStor virtual tape system and the FibreCAT TX entry-level tape systems have been renamed the Eternus CS and Eternus LT, respectively.

DeCaires says bringing all things storage under one brand gives Fujitsu the flexibility to grow its storage portfolio.

"Last year, the company was organized based on silos. It was a group of loosely coupled, fairly independent vertical organizations," says DeCaires. "As Fujitsu America, we're forming a much larger business entity with a global marketing presence."

He also expects Fujitsu to be more active in the channel.

"We had 60 sales feet on the street and now have nearly 200. It gives us the ability to deliver systems through the channel and direct, and start working on more advanced technologies such as cloud computing," says DeCaires.

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This article was originally published on June 09, 2009