Fujitsu Siemens Computers launches FibreTrade campaign

With the launch of the FibreTrade campaign, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is launching a very attractive trade-in offer for its authorised sales partners.

The partners will receive a minimum 130 credit when their business customers return their FibreCAT S80 storage system and purchase a new FibreCAT SX60 or FibreCAT SX80. This also applies to selected storage systems of other manufacturers. This will enable their partners to offer customers attractive prices on the new FibreCAT SX solutions, which are cutting-edge storage technology in terms of availability, speed and capacity. The campaign is running now until March 31, 2008.

The volume of data that companies process is increasing steadily, but storage technology is also developing at a breathtaking pace. Our current FibreCAT SX60 and SX80 systems, for example, offer twice the speed and many more times the capacity of storage systems that were on the market just a few years ago, said Dr Helmut Beck, Vice President Storage, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. At the same time, they use less energy and have been designed to meet the growing demand for storage over the next years as well. Our FibreTrade campaign will give companies the opportunity to purchase these highly available systems equipped with state-of-the-art storage technology at an attractive price, preparing them for any and all future challenges, continued Dr Beck.

FibreCAT SX systems: Environmentally friendly and fast

Nowadays, modern SATA disks are equipped with a capacity of 750GB. Just a few years ago, Fibre Channel disks with only 36GB were the norm. Since SATA disks consume approximately 50 per cent less energy than Fibre Channel disks, migrating a file server to the latest FibreCAT SX systems can reduce overall power consumption by a factor of 40. Other advantages include higher speed compared with the previous models (4Gb/s instead of 1 or 2Gb/s Fibre Channel) as well as a significant increase in scalability. In addition, the FibreCAT SX devices no longer use error-prone, environmentally unfriendly rechargeable batteries in cache backup but capacitors based on FibreCap technology developed by Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

Returns of other manufacturers systems also accepted

The 130 ( 200) credit promised is not only limited to the Fujitsu Siemens Computers FibreCAT S80. It also covers selected storage products made by Dell, HP, IBM and Sun as well as other products upon request. The credit amount is based on the device features and age of the system to be replaced. However, sales partners are entitled to at least 130 ( 200) for each returned system, regardless of its condition, how old it is, or which components it has. Fujitsu Siemens Computers has also made sure that the return process is straightforward and involves as little red tape as possible for everyone involved.

The campaign is valid in all EU-countries, in Norway and Switzerland.

The FibreCAT SX60 and FibreCAT SX80

While the FibreCAT SX60 primarily targets small and mid-sized enterprises, the FibreCAT SX80 has been especially designed to meet the needs of large customers and data centre operators. The two models are both equipped with state-of-the-art storage technology, such as redundant components, a 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel connection and integrated snapshots as a standard feature. The RAID controllers, fans and power supply components are hot swappable. Additionally, two new technologies developed by Fujitsu Siemens Computers provide for even greater availability (FibreCap) and more rapid access to data (FibreCache). In the event of a power failure, the FibreCAT systems backup the contents of the cache to a built-in Compact Flash (CF) card. The power for this backup process is delivered by a capacitor (FibreCap), which in contrast to the rechargeable batteries used previously, is immediately recharged to make the system secure even during power failures, and return it to full operating capacity as soon as power is restored.

Technical highlights

FibreCAT SX systems are state-of-the-art storage technology from Fujitsu Siemens Computers:

FibreCAT SX storage devices cover a broad range of storage needs from 146 GB to 42 TB. With two height units in the rack, they are able to accommodate 12 drives, whereas conventional systems generally need 3 to 5 height units to fit 14 or 15 drives.

The latest 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel connections make the FibreCAT SX very fast. SATA-II guarantees an optimal price-capacity ratio, and 15K rpm SAS ensures high performance. The systems are also equipped with FibreCache, which makes sure that the cache contents of the RAID controllers are continuously synchronised via a high-speed direct connection, thus taking full advantage of the controller power.
Snapshots are a standard feature. This function produces replicas with either read-only or full read-and-write access. The number of snapshots can be increased, if necessary.

Seamless integration with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) makes it possible to produce application-consistent snapshots for server-less backups.

FibreCap technology: The error-prone, environmentally unfriendly rechargeable batteries previously needed for cache storage in the event of a power failure have been replaced by capacitors.


About Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European IT provider with a strategic focus on next-generation Mobility and Dynamic Data Center products, services and solutions. With a portfolio of exceptional depth, our offering extends from handhelds through desktops to enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions. Fujitsu Siemens Computers has a presence in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Leveraging the strengths, innovation and global reach of our joint shareholders, Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG, we make sure we meet the needs of customers: large corporations, small and medium enterprises and private users. The company is a member of the United Nations Global Compact initiative.

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