Fujitsu heats up competition with new server release

Fujitsu Technology Solutions Inc. (FTS) will step up its presence in the high-end hardware market next week when it plans to announce a new server to compete with machines from Sun Microsystems Inc. and IBM Corp.

FTS is releasing its PrimePower 2000 server with up to 128 processors, looking to attract large corporate customers that have typically gone with Sun or IBM in the North American market. Fujitsu Ltd. has sold this server in Europe since 1999 but will now offer the product in North America via its FTS arm. An entry-level version of the server with up to eight processors will be priced at close to US$200,000 with immediate availability, according to an FTS representative.

The new hardware is part of the company's PrimePower line of servers that use Sun's Solaris operating system and run on Sun SPARC-compatible processors. FTS uses its own 64-bit SPARC64-GP chips running up to 563Mhz on the new server.

FTS has continuously stepped up its competition with Sun in the U.S., releasing several new severs this year and making storage deals with Sun rival EMC Corp.

Besides the PrimePower line, FTS also makes an Intel Corp.-compatible server line called Primergy.

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