1/27/2003 - Fujitsu Limited and Intel Corporation announced a major strategic collaboration to develop mission-critical enterprise servers that target the highest ends of the worldwide computing market. The new Fujitsu systems, which will contain industry standard Intel-based processors and run Linux and Windows operating systems, will complement Fujitsu's Unix- and mainframe-based mission-critical enterprise platform offerings.
Fujitsu, a global leader in large-scale, mission-critical computing platforms, aims to make available Intel® XeonTM processor DP and MP family systems based on the collaboration from the end of 2004, followed by large multi-processor systems based on future versions of the Intel® Itanium® processor family by the end of 2005. These systems, which will build upon the company's current high-reliability, high-performance Intel-based server offerings, will scale up to the most sophisticated, 128 processor-capable mainframe-class systems.
To support the collaborative effort, and following on its Linux business strategy announcement last October, Fujitsu has created a new Linux systems organizational structure under its Enterprise Systems Group. Comprising over 300 engineers and capitalizing on Fujitsu's mission-critical systems expertise, including interconnect, clustering, autonomous systems and grid computing technologies, the organization is focusing on providing hardware platforms and core software that improve the reliability, availability and scalability of Linux-based enterprise systems.
"Fujitsu prides itself on offering among the most reliable, high-performance enterprise server systems on the market today, including our highly scalable PRIMEPOWER Unix-based server and GS Series mainframe platforms," said Tadayasu Sugita, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President and CTO, Fujitsu Limited. "We see great opportunities from this new collaboration with Intel to extend our mission-critical enterprise solutions to the fast-growing Linux space and to be the world's first vendor to bring such Intel-based systems to the market. Adding Linux systems as a third pillar of our high-performance server business will enable us to provide our customers with a full range of mission-critical platform options to optimally support their diverse enterprise application needs."
"This agreement brings a new era of leading Xeon and Itanium processor family Fujitsu systems to demanding mainframe-class environments," said Mike Fister, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Enterprise Platforms Group. "This collaboration in hardware technology, software tools, enterprise applications and solutions will deliver Intel-based servers that match the reliability of proprietary systems of any size, while offering dramatic performance increases and cost savings."
To promote greater business opportunities in the mission-critical server market, Fujitsu and Intel will work together and with the Linux community to enhance Linux reliability, functionality and performance. The companies plan to use Intel's suite of software tools to accelerate efforts with key ISVs to optimize Linux applications on Fujitsu's Intel-based systems.
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. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
*Intel, Intel® Xeon, and Intel® NetBurst are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
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