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Fujitsu Unveils Blade System

The Primergy BX900 is dubbed the "Dynamic Cube" to promote the server enclosure's power, cooling, redundancy, and scalability features.

Fujitsu on Tuesday introduced the Primergy BX900 blade server system, the first significant data center hardware announcement from the company since launching a major push into the North American market in April.

The new-generation Primergy system is powered by Intel's Xeon 5500 processors. It's being marketed as the "Dynamic Cube" to promote the server enclosure's power, cooling, redundancy, and scalability features.

The BX900 is a 10U chassis that houses up to 18 server blades, eight connection blades, six power supply units, and two management boards. Up to four of the BX900 enclosures can be stacked together under the same management and I/O administrative domain. Pricing for the new system starts at $10,791.

Fujitsu is hoping the BX900 will be attractive to potential customers in several vertical markets. Uses for the system include data center consolidation in manufacturing, records storage management in health care, and power conservation in education and government public sectors, said Richard McCormack, senior VP for servers of Fujitsu America.

In the fourth quarter of last year, Fujitsu, including its partnership with Siemens, was the fifth-largest server maker in the world, accounting for 9% of the market in terms of revenue, according to Gartner. While the overall market fell about 12% in shipments and 15% in revenue, blade servers were one of the few segments that saw growth in the quarter.

Fujitsu on April 1 launched Fujitsu America in order to consolidate sales, services, and products under one business operation focused on the North American market. The unit is led by Farhat Ali, president and chief executive of Fujitsu Computer Systems.


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