Fujitsu-Siemens to add Solaris to FlexFrame

Fujitsu-Siemens is planning several upgrades to its server products at Cebit this week, including Solaris support for grid technology.

IT managers using Fujitsu-Siemens Computers' FlexFrame architecture for managing SAP software will soon be able to add servers based on the Solaris operating system to their networks, Fujitsu-Siemens executives said Wednesday at Cebit.

FlexFrame is a mixture of hardware and software designed to reduce the costs of operating the computing resources needed to run SAP's applications management software, said Bernd Bischoff, president and chief executive officer of Fujitsu-Siemens. On Thursday, the company plans to announce that FlexFrame will support Fujitsu-Siemens' line of PrimePower servers, which use Sparc processors and Sun Microsystems' Solaris, he said during a press conference at the trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Fujitsu-Siemens is using Cebit to promote its hardware for data centers. The company's vision of the future data center envisions redundant computing resources provided by grid computing hardware and software that links servers and allocates processing power as required, Bischoff said. Many server makers, such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard, are working on similar ideas.

FlexFrame will now let SAP users run their software on a variety of operating systems and servers, from Linux blade servers to huge 32-way Sparc Solaris servers, Bischoff said. The company will make a formal announcement Thursday at Cebit. Further details about when the Solaris support would be provided were not immediately available.

Fujitsu also plans to demonstrate at Cebit that its grid computing technology works with products from another giant of the software world -- Oracle Corp. The company will demonstrate a grid computing setup using its Primergy Linux blade servers and Oracle's 10g Grid software at its expansive booth on the show floor.

New Primergy two-way and four-way servers based on Intel's Xeon chips will be announced at the show, including what Fujitsu-Siemens claimed was the first four-way server using the 64-bit capabilities of Intel's Xeon processors.

The company will also announce and demonstrate a water-cooled server rack at the show. The Primecenter LC rack consists of a heat exchanger and separate circulating loops of water that absorb the heat given off by powerful servers, a growing problem in data centers.

Fujitsu-Siemens, a joint venture between Fujitsu and Siemens, will demonstrate several of its PCs at the show. The company will upgrade its Amilo business notebooks with Intel's newest chipset technology at the show, and exhibit a so-called "green" PC that uses just 1 gram of lead, down from 12 grams on older green PCs, Bischoff said. The European Union has passed a directive banning the use of lead in electronic equipment by June 1, 2006, and many PC manufacturers are phasing out the use of lead solder.

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