Fujitsu launches petabyte-scale data centre storage and introduces NVMe range

As data capacities grow, enterprises need to store previously unimagined amounts of information, warns Fujitsu.
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Fujitsu has launched the ETERNUS DX8900 S4 storage solution, bringing flash-optimised petabyte-scale storage to the data centre.

This new generation system reduces complexity by eliminating the need for varying storage tiers for different workloads and consolidates separate storage silos into a single system to “streamline the soft migration to an all-flash data centre – even for petabyte-scale workloads”.

Fujitsu warns that as data capacities grow, enterprises need to store previously unimagined amounts of information. This data growth is driven by technologies such as the Internet of Things, network edge computing, virtual reality, advanced analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, all generating very large amounts of structured and unstructured data. The petabyte era is arriving as a result of this exponential growth, with one petabyte equaling 1,000 terabytes, or 1,000,000 gigabytes of data.

“The ongoing trend towards data centre consolidation and virtualisation, driven by a need to cut down on both capital expenditure and operating expenses, is also driving data growth,” said the company. To consolidate data with enterprise applications such as OLTP, databases and ERP requires flexible storage that is highly dense, scalable and reliable, supports multiple different service levels, and provides a high level of automation.

Fujitsu says it is addressing all these needs with its latest-generation ETERNUS DX8900 S4. Able to store all data, the new arrival helps enterprises prepare for petabyte-scale storage requirements – where only all flash-based systems can provide the access and response times needed. The move to all flash will also reduce data centre energy consumption, by eliminating spinning disks and therefore also reducing heat output and cooling requirements.

Olivier Delachapelle, head of data centre category management at Fujitsu EMEIA said: “With fifty percent of data centre storage expected to be flash-based within the next three years, the technology is going mainstream fast. The new ETERNUS DX8900 S4 is flash-optimised and supports the latest 30TB solid state drives to combine best in class performance with massive scalable capacity. This makes ETERNUS ideal to help today’s digital enterprises consolidate storage infrastructures and tame their ever-growing amount of data.”

The Fujitsu ETERNUS DX8900 S4 will be available to customers worldwide from January 2019. Starting price TBD.

Fujitsu has also unveiled plans for future purpose-built NVMe storage products, designed to complement its existing portfolio of ETERNUS DX hybrid and ETERNUS AF all-flash systems.

The future ultra-high-speed storage systems will support Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage interface protocol to deliver massively parallel data access at unprecedented speeds.

The NVMe protocol is able to process up to 64,000 parallel data streams, whereas the SCSI protocol which is being used in current, SAS-based all-flash array can handle only one process at the time. Fujitsu plans to adopt NVMe in future product lines alongside its ETERNUS AF flash storage devices.

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