Fujitsu Eternus DX S4 Hybrid Storage Systems

Three models: DX60 S4, DX100 S4 and DX200, scaling to 4PB
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.05.18

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  • Hybrid Eternus DX S4 line-up offers performance advantages of all-flash drives alongside conventional HDDs.

  • System capacity doubled for the second time in twelve months, now scaling to a staggering 4,055TB of data.

  • Storage systems unchained with ability to handle up to three times more transactions, and double the number of users who can connect simultaneously.

Fujitsu Ltd. doubles the capacity of data that can be protected by its entry-level Eternus DX S4 hybrid storage range, introducing performance and capacity upgrades across the line-up.

For the second time in just twelve months, the company is unchaining the amount of storage capacity for SMEs, with an increase to 4,055TB of data.

Eternus DX60 S4 front and rear

The Eternus DX S4 line-up, consisting of DX60 S4, DX100 S4 and DX200 S4 systems, brings new levels of performance and capacities within reach of SMEs. They can stay on top of storage costs while still managing data growth.

Developed specifically for the SME market, the Eternus DX S4 line-up provides the peace of mind associated with constant data protection for an always-on business in the digital world. The storage systems take regular data snapshots, as well as providing backup and recovery - underlined with the highest levels of built-in system security to prevent unauthorised access to valuable business data. BC is boosted thanks to a data availability increase to 99.9999% - representing less than one minute of unplanned downtime per year.

Eternus DX100 S4 front and rear

Extensive use of intelligent automation makes Eternus DX S4 systems simpler to set up and use for smaller organisations where technical support is often in short supply. Automation features include storage technologies such as deduplication - which saves disk space by keeping only one copy of commonly-stored data (1). Files used regularly are stored on flash drives, for fast access, while data that is needed only infrequently is held on cheaper HDDs, via automated storage tiering.

The systems are intelligent enough to move data between flash and disk drives, depending on usage (2). In addition, the DX S4 family provides SMEs with automated QoS management and failover, taking care of complex storage management tasks. And the company guarantees Eternus DX compatibility with larger Eternus systems, making it easier to manage systems and possible to transfer drives between systems.

Eternus DX200 S4

Olivier Delachapelle, head, enterprise business, category management data centre, Fujitsu EMEIA, says: "Every business today depends on data, whether it is a supermarket, a hotel or a furniture store - for the supply chain, for processing orders, for promoting goods and services, and for back office functions such as invoicing, taxation and payroll. Low levels of IT expertise and high dependency on technology can be a toxic combination - which is why Fujitsu is focusing on making backup and data protection easier with the new ETERNUS DX line-up, designed for the unique needs of smaller businesses, and for branch offices. In the latest generation, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX S4 ensures that the right backup technology delivers the optimum balance of functionality, scalability and cost."

Eternus DX200 S4 with disk enclosures

The Eternus DX S4 provides customers with greater value. As their data grows, customers can rely on the DX S4 to keep pace, all the way to 4,055TB of data - enough to store 33 individual copies of the entire twenty-year archive of images collected by the Hubble space telescope (3). The smallest of the three systems, the DX60 S4, can store up to 480TB. The latest upgrade has also increased system performance to handle up to three times more transactions, boasts an outstanding IO/s performance of up to 250.000, response times of less than one millisecond and it is now possible for twice the number of users to connect simultaneously. The fourth-generation systems can also host 50% more VMs than before.

The Eternus DX60 S4, DX100 S4 and DX200 S4 models are part of the family of DX disk storage systems and are globally available via distribution partners and directly from the company.

(1) Depending on model, data reduction technologies can be applied flexibly to storage volumes at no extra cost, giving SMEs the option of easily balancing performance and capacity efficiency. Eternus DX models also provide automation to create a balance of the most efficient usages of solid state drives and HDD drives (automated storage tiering), to prioritise response times on volume level (automated QoS management) and to enable automated failover, should a storage system or a complete IT installation fail. Automated failover works not only between DX entry-level systems, but also with midrange and high-end DX systems, and Eternus AF all-flash systems. System management software is also fully compatible between all DX and AF models, ensuring operational efficiency for customers operating more than one system.
(2) Full support for hybrid storage arrays means the ability to mix and match SSDs and traditional HDD drives in the same disk array, enabling the benefits of both read-write performance from all-flash drives and the price-per-capacity economies of disk drives. The choice of hybrid arrays helps keep storage costs in check. The Eternus DX S4 systems can automatically allocate data to flash or disk in line with preferences including data type, size and frequency of access. As a result, customers can enjoy the best of both worlds, combining the speed of flash with the economic advantages of disk.
(3) Source: NASA