Fujitsu Enables High Performance, All-Flash Storage for the Mass Market with the Launch of its New ETERNUS AF Storage
Fujitsu is changing the dynamics of primary storage in enterprise computing environments with the introduction of its next-generation all-flash storage systems. The new ETERNUS AF all-flash models are the fastest-ever Fujitsu storage systems, bringing the benefits of all-flash technology to both core applications as well as new applications that are driving business transformation for customers.
The new ETERNUS AF family makes flash storage more attractive than ever, thanks to competitive pricing and lower total cost of ownership for all-flash systems combined with the storage performance capabilities that are needed for mixed workloads including databases, VDI, analytics, and big data.
Alex Lam, Vice President of Enterprise Business Strategy in North America for Fujitsu Technology and Business of America, Inc. comments: "With the ETERNUS AF, we are showing the market how ultra-fast, all-flash storage can be made available to the mass market, not only at extremely affordable price points in relation to traditional HDD storage, but also with a proven suite of enterprise-grade storage services that customers expect from premium storage platforms. As the economics of all-flash storage continue to be more attractive over time due to Moore's Law, we're enabling customers to create faster, more responsive IT environments to support the next wave of digital business and IT services, and doing so on a proven, enterprise-grade storage platform – Fujitsu ETERNUS."
ETERNUS AF storage systems enable customers to transform their data centers with super-fast, easily expandable storage solutions that potentially deliver huge reductions in overheads. IT teams also benefit from significantly simplified operations: Automated Quality of Service features dramatically reduce administration and maintenance requirements, freeing up system engineers from repetitive, mundane tasks.
ETERNUS AF also ensures non-stop business operations, providing enterprises with greater peace of mind. Mirroring of business-critical data eliminates risk of data loss, while in the event of a system failure, the transparent failover feature instantly switches to a secondary system. Fujitsu has also ensured that traditional ETERNUS DX disk storage systems work seamlessly together with ETERNUS AF. As they venture in the world of all-flash systems, organizations can combine the two systems, leveraging the benefits of flash storage while continuing to extract value from existing data center infrastructure.
Customers choosing ETERNUS AF also benefit from cost-savings – firstly thanks to built-in data deduplication and compression technologies which ensure that the Fujitsu ETERNUS AF system automatically optimizes data volume, helping reduce SSD capacity requirements by an average factor of five. This is achieved through inline deduplication that identifies and discards duplicates, then compresses data by removing all redundant information. In addition, all-flash systems take up less space in a data center and consume less energy for power and cooling, in comparison to traditional disk arrays.
Fujitsu will be offering two all-flash model lines. The top-of-the-range ETERNUS AF650 boasts up to 1,843 TB of effective storage capacity (368 TB of raw capacity) in a 6U form factor with up to 256 GB of system memory. For customers looking for a smaller entry, all-flash system, the Fujitsu AF250 offers up to 460 TB of effective storage capacity (92 TB of raw capacity) in a 2U form factor with up to 64 GB of system memory.