Fujitsu describes the CS420 S1 as:
… an out-of-the-box Dual Node cluster server for Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012, enabling small and medium enterprises or multi-site organizations to provide continuous uptime for their business applications and data.
EDIT: In the pictures you can see that the dozen JBOD drives (Storage Spaces) are in the front. At the back you have 2 blade servers and 2 PSUs (in the middle).
They say that:
Highest data and application availability at decreased investment costs are achievable by leveraging the diverse roles and features of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012, e. g. Storage Spaces and Failover Clustering, altogether avoiding purchase of expensive storage infrastructure.
- 2U chassis
- 12 * 3.5” shared disks (HDD or SSD)
- 2 hot-plug PSUs
- 2 blade servers
According to a data sheet:
CX420 and all its components fully comply to the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 certifications, making sure that cluster operations such as failover or recovery of applications and data are working reliably.
The chassis docs don’t seem to mention networking – a minor concern for a cluster!
The servers are PRIMERGY CX272 S1:
- 2U half-wide server
- Intel Xeon E5-2600 family (dual socket, 4, 6 or 8 cores each
- 16 high bandwidth memory modules expanding up to 256 GB RAM
- 1 free PCIe Gen3 slot
- SAS HBA
We can just the “more affordable” because Fujitsu did not share pricing at CeBIT earlier this week. It is going on sale in central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa this month apparently.
I have some updates on packaging and pricing – Thanks to you-know-who!
The CX420-S is specified as follows:
- 2 cluster nodes each with: 2 * Xeon 4 core (E5-2609) and 24 GB RAM
- 4 * 1 TB NL-SAS
- Windows Server Standard
- Price to be aimed at €15K
The CX420-M is specified as follows:
- 2 cluster nodes each with: 2 * Xeon 6 core (E5-2630) and 48 GB RAM
- 8 * 1 TB NL-SAS
- Windows Server Datacenter
- Price to be aimed at €25K
I personally would prefer an option without the OS: If I was in this market I’d buy WinServ Datacenter under OVS (with SA to ensure upgrades for the Management and guest OSs plus the other benefits). I’d buy the lowest spec model and upgrade the RAM from the grey market. And I’d be interested in hearing from Fujitsu customers if you can buy disks from the grey market (yes – I know they wouldn’t be supported by Fujitsu) because I bet you’d spec up this CiB more economically with 3rd party parts if it was possible.
The Register reports that:
The two-node "cluster-in-a-box" starts at under $12,000 in its base configuration; the chassis and its two nodes will ship in North America in June.