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Together with EMC, Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced the fourth
generation of the FibreCAT CX series based on CLARiiON technology. Fujitsu
Siemens Computers looks back on a longstanding partnership with EMC, on the
basis of which a large number of innovative solutions have been integrated
in the Dynamic Data Center.

With Fibre Channel and iSCSI, the four new FibreCAT CX4 models allow for an
efficient consolidation of all storage environments. The optional expansion
via Flash Drives in the two largest FibreCAT CX4 models increases the speed
of the devices significantly. As a result, Fujitsu Siemens Computers with
EMC is one of the first suppliers of SAN systems with flash-based storage.
Thanks to the flexible input/output concept (UltraFlex), users are already
prepared for the easy and non-disruptive incorporation of future
connectivity technologies such as 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel, 10Gb/s iSCSI, or
FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). Considerable progress has also been made
in the new FibreCAT generation in terms of energy efficiency: the cooling,
for example, adapts automatically to the operating temperature (adaptive
cooling), and starting in 2009, the maximum speed of the spindles can be
reduced as required by a firmware upgrade (disk drive spin down).
The optionally selectable flash drives or low-power SATA II drivers also
help to reduce energy consumption even further. Virtual Provisioning allows
the allocation of storage resources using virtualization.
Furthermore, this expanded implementation of Thin Provisioning, increases
efficiency because the hard disks are able to work to full capacity to
prevent both excess capacities and bottlenecks. The FibreCAT CX4 systems
will be available from September 2008.
"With the new FibreCAT CX4 series, our customers can lower their energy
costs and gain highest availability, performance and flexibility at the same
time," explains Charl van Niekerk, Client Solutions Manager at Fujitsu
Siemens Computers. "In addition, their investment is well protected because
the devices can be easily upgraded to new technologies. Together with the
user-friendly management tools, the new FibreCAT CX generation provides an
optimal environment for all companies that require large drive numbers and
high bandwidth combined with absolute reliability in their storage
Gerhard van der Merwe, country manager of EMC South Africa, comments:"We are
excited and pleased that Fujitsu Siemens Computers is announcing the next
generation FibreCAT CX4 products at the same time as EMC. This is another
major milestone in the decade long partnership between Fujitsu Siemens
Computers and EMC. As one of EMC's largest EMEA based partners, Fujitsu
Siemens Computers continues to be a major contributor to the ongoing success
of EMC products and solutions. We are confident that the latest CX4
technology will extend the leadership of our joint offering providing
exceptional customer value and performance."
The FibreCAT CX4 series is certified for Primergy servers as well as for the
Dynamic Data Center solutions made by Fujitsu Siemens Computers. The devices
can be configured either as stand-alone systems or as part of a
heterogeneous server and storage solution. All the important components
(RAID Controller, fans, power supply, disks) are redundant and
User-friendly management tools make administration simple. Users can easily
upgrade their current FibreCAT CX systems to the new generation without
having to change anything in the organization of their data, RAID groups or
the allocation of LUNs (Logical Unit Numbers) – the new FibreCAT CX4 systems
are up to twice as fast and twice as powerful as the previous systems.
In addition, Fujitsu Siemens Computers offers users a number of service
packages for maintenance with flexibly selectable response or guaranteed
restore times. The latter is unique and available for individual systems or
complex data centers EMEA-wide within the scope of the Fujitsu Siemens
Computers Infrastructure Services.