By Scott M. Johnson – June 7th, 2013
Hi Folks –
The Register recently published a great article on Fujitsu’s new PRIMERGY CX420 S1 system, which can run Windows Server 2012 or Windows Storage Server 2012. Fujitsu bills the CX420 as “an out-of-the-box dual-node cluster server for Microsoft Windows Server 2012, enabling small and medium enterprises or multi-site organizations to provide continuous uptime for their business applications and data.”
Some clear benefits are provided by the CX420 S1 system including:
The CX420 S1 dual-node cluster includes two half-width, double-height SX272 S1 server nodes (spec sheet for these nodes can be found here). Based on Intel's C600 chipset and Xeon E5-2600 processors, each server node supports 16 to 256 GB of RAM. Per the article, a two-node cluster-in-a-box starts at under $12,000 in its base configuration and will begin shipping in North America in June! That is a sweet price for high-availability in a single chassis. These pictures show the front (disk drives) and rear (controllers and PSUs) views of the CX420 chassis.
While we’re talking about Fujitsu, I should also mention that you can get its “powerhouse” Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX400 S1 running Windows Storage Server 2012.
Fujitsu outlines how the BX400 delivers:
Other noteworthy specs for the BX400 include:
With these offerings based on Windows Storage Server 2012, Fujitsu is delivering both cost-effective HA solutions and powerhouse blade servers in a true Cluster-in-a-box package that results in reliable, easily-managed storage for companies of all sizes. If you’re looking for continuously available storage solutions, you may want to check out what Fujitsu has to offer.