New scale-up, low-power Fujitsu servers
Fujitsu now offers two new servers: a scale-up model targeted at workloads that typically run on proprietary Unix systems, and an energy-efficient model designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The eight-socket rackmount RX900 S1, based on the Intel Xeon 7500 and QuickPath Interconnect, scales up to 64 processing cores, 2 TB of main memory and more than 120 GB of aggregated I/O bandwidth. Its so-called glue-less design means that no additional hardware is necessary to run all eight CPUs, which allows for the shortest routes between processors, memory modules and I/O hubs, the company said. That's in contrast to other eight-socket systems, in which dual-socket blades are simply "glued together" and create I/O bottlenecks.
The new Fujitsu Primergy TX100 S2 is designed for energy-conscious SMBs looking to run light workloads, such as file and print servers, which need to be available only during business hours. One of the features of the TX100 S2 is that, when not in use, it draws no power. The server can also be configured to "wake up" at predetermined times for maintenance and update tasks. Further energy efficiency is derived from the system's low power draw (250 W) and 88% efficient power supply. Pricing for the TX100 S2 starts at $600.
LinMin provisions Windows systems, adds API
LinMin has released an updated version of its bare-metal provisioning software that enables users to provision and image Windows systems. LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 6.0 also features an enhanced application programming interface (API) for service providers to automate provisioning and imaging tasks as part of their management processes.
Previous versions of the LinMin software could provision Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The new release can also provision Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 systems, as well as legacy Windows operating systems.
The enhanced API features a new disk-imaging interface, enhanced provisioning support, and both token- and IP-based authentication. Service providers can use LinMin to automate server provisioning, recovery and cloning.
LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning is available in a perpetual license starting at $1,199 for up to 100 systems running major versions of Linux and legacy versions of Windows. The same software with Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 support costs $1,799.