Fujitsu Introduces Enhanced Lineup of PRIMEPOWER Servers

10/3/2002 - Fujitsu announced a major enhancement of its PRIMEPOWER family of SolarisTM Operating Environment compatible SPARCTM compliant servers with the global introduction of three new models for business-critical UNIX® enterprise computing environments. Boasting unprecedented performance and reliability features, the new PRIMEPOWER 900, 1500 and 2500 models use 1.35GHz SPARCTM V processors, currently the highest clock speeds available in the SPARC V9 architecture. Equipped with 1.35GHz SPARC64 V, PRIMEPOWER 900 has achieved a top-class performance rating of 1,205 floating point operations under the SPECfp 2000 benchmark.

Performance, linear scalability, flexibility and mainframe levels of reliability have all been addressed with the new PRIMEPOWER servers, which are capable of meeting the highest demands in mission critical computing and broadband Internet service delivery while providing outstanding scalability for the world's most demanding applications.

The new PRIMEPOWER servers show 1.8 times improvement in floating point processing performance over previous models, and their refined monitoring features include over 300,000 error-detection circuits per system. Also new is Fujitsu's Extended Partitioning technology, which enables multiple operating environments to be created by splitting system boards into multiple partitions in units as low as 1 or 2 CPUs. These and other innovative technologies and architectural features, such as hardware instruction retry, dynamic upgrade and repair and high-performance clustering capabilities, take PRIMEPOWER's recognized advantages in performance, reliability, availability and scalability to an even higher level.

"Strategic alliances, mergers and other changes in enterprise environments in recent years have heightened requirements for flexible, expandable mission-critical Unix servers that can accommodate unpredictable business expansion and support the development of new services," said Takashi Aoki, Corporate Vice President of Fujitsu Limited's Platforms Business Group. "PRIMEPOWER already has 128-way scalability - the industry's highest - as well as world-leading performance in a number of benchmarks. With our new PRIMEPOWER servers we have applied Fujitsu's proven expertise in large-scale system design to fully deliver mainframe-class reliability in an open systems environment. Add in even higher performance from our new SPARC64 V processors and doubled 128-way bus technology, and the new PRIMEPOWER servers are the ideal solution for helping customers ensure business continuity while improving productivity and business process efficiency."

Industry Partners Welcome New PRIMEPOWER Offerings
"Oracle welcomes this new robust line of open systems servers from Fujitsu," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Platform Alliances, System Platforms Division at Oracle Corporation. "The combination of Oracle and PRIMEPOWER technology has already resulted in a number of global industry-leading benchmarks. The growing adoption and extended architecture of PRIMEPOWER servers along with the industry leading Oracle® software will help provide powerful solutions to a much wider base of customers."

"Fujitsu's new PRIMEPOWER servers offer an impressive platform for high availability and data manageability when combined with market leading clustering and storage management software from VERITAS," said Brenda Zawatski, vice president of product and solutions marketing, VERITAS Software. "Through our collaboration, VERITAS and Fujitsu will deliver a solution that allows our customers 24x7 access to mission critical data and addresses their business requirements for efficiency, flexibility and cost-effective computing."

"The selection of the SolarisTM 9 Operating Environment is a great match to the new PRIMEPOWER," said Graham Lovell, Marketing Director, Sun Microsystems. "The Solaris OE has already proven its excellent scalability and availability in the data center and best meets the needs of mission critical environments for availability and security."

Developed by Fujitsu Limited and designed to meet the needs of data centers, server consolidation and IT infrastructure investment protection, PRIMEPOWER servers use SPARC® technology and run the SolarisTM Operating Environment. They are sold by Fujitsu Limited and affiliated companies in Asia/Pacific, Fujitsu Technology Solutions in North America and Fujitsu Siemens Computers in EMEA. (See regional contacts below and refer to individual press releases by these companies for additional details on the latest PRIMEPOWER server offerings in those regions.) PRIMEPOWER 2000 systems can scale to 128 processors, support up to 15 variable partitions and provide 99.999% system availability.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris and all Solaris based marks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license. "SPECfp is a registered trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). All SPARC trademarks are used under license from SPARC International Inc. and are trademarks or registered trademarks of that company in the U.S. and other countries. SPARC 64GPTM and PRIMEPOWER are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in Japan and other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

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