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The Fujistu Eternus DX8900 S3 is the newest addition to Fujitsu's Eternus SAN array lineup, and now tops the DX8700...
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as the highest-end model. The system includes storage management features such as thin provisioning, automated tiering and the Eternus SF storage management software. It also supports hybrid flash configurations, meaning it accepts both hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs).
The Fujitsu Eternus DX8900 S3 supports up to 4,608 drives and has a maximum 13.824 petabytes (PB) of capacity. It supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs in capacities ranging from 300 GB to 6 TB, and with rotational speeds ranging from 7,200 rpm to 15,000 rpm. The array also supports MLC enterprise SSDs in capacities from 400 GB to 1.6 TB. The DX8900 S3 uses 12 Gbps SAS and near-line SAS interconnects, and supports self-encrypting HDDs and SSDs in capacities ranging from 800 GB to 4 TB.
The array has up to 384 16-Gbps Fibre Channel connections and up to 192 iSCSI or Fibre Channel over Ethernet connections. The system has a maximum cache of 6.144 TB and supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, RAID 5, RAID 5+0 and 6.
The DX8900 S3 also comes with features designed to make storage management easier. It supports thin provisioning and automated storage tiering through the Eternus SF software. It also supports a maximum of 32,768 snapshots, as well as synchronous and asynchronous remote copy functionality. The Eternus SF software has a Web-based GUI, though it also supports a command-line interface for more detailed management.
Pricing for the Fujitsu Eternus DX8900 S3 depends on the configuration of drives chosen, but will most likely be in excess of $100,000. Fujitsu support options for the array include a three-year on-site warranty. Users can also buy support packages that offer next business day on-site response, four-hour on-site response or 24/7 support with four-hour on-site response. More detailed information can be found on Fujitsu's support site.
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