Starting today, PrimePower''s high-end systems, the PrimePower 800, 1000, and 2000, will contain 675 MHz SPARC64-GP processors; PrimePower''s midrange servers, the PrimePower 200, 400, and 600, will contain 600 MHz SPARC64-GP processors.
Even before Tuesday''s performance increase, FTS'' PrimePower line boasted of a TPC performance benchmark twice that of its closest competitor, according to Richard McCormack, vice president of marketing for FTS. Today''s announcement gives the vendor an even firmer lead.
All PrimePower servers are SPARC-compliant and Solaris-compatible, supporting Solaris 2.6, 7, and 8. Servers are capable of scaling up to 128 CPUs, and customers can mix and match processors. This allows enterprises to add, on an ad hoc basis, CPUs with the faster chips to a frame while leaving CPUs with other chips on the frame, McCormack told ServerWatch.
Although FTS is not a major market player like Sun Microsystems or IBM in the United States, in the 11 months since its launch, the company has picked up some big-name enterprises as customers, including Daimler-Chrysler, Southwest Airlines, and EMC.
In addition to its release of the faster chip, FTS unveiled a variety of new capabilities and system enhancements at this time.
PrimePower Open Cluster is a clustering solution for Solaris environments that works with Veritas Cluster Server. With Veritas Cluster Server, enterprises can cluster up to four nodes of Fujitsu and Sun servers.
In January 2002, FTS plans to release PrimeCluster, a clustering solution specifically for Fujitsu servers. Enterprises that select this solution will not be able to mix and match servers in the cluster. PrimeCluster is currently in Beta. McCormack believes, however, that OpenCluster will be far more in demand, as many enterprises already use the Veritas Cluster Server, and the product is capable of working in a mixed environment.
FTS added four new features to the PrimePower line at this time. Remote monitoring and Web-based server administration have been added as standard features. Hardware components of PrimePower servers are monitored remotely, and Amdahl''s Global Services Center is contacted when a problem is noted. This allows a technician to be notified and dispatched without requiring a call from the customer. Web-based system administrator capabilities allow PrimePower servers to be managed from anywhere, and clustered servers can be managed through a company''s intranet.
In addition, FTS introduced Premier Security as a cost option. FTS has partnered with Argus to offer PitBull to customers. With PitBull, enterprises can create a Secure Application Environment made up of isolated compartments for data and applications. Such an environment is designed to prevent damage from one security breech (e.g., that of a hacker or worm) from having a systemwide impact. Premier Security is priced on a per-CPU basis.
Also priced on a per-CPU basis is ARMTech, or Active Resource Management. ARMTech is a resource management application that provides dynamic allocation, monitoring, and delivery of contracted quality of service to users that can be broken down as granularly as 1 percent.