NetApp and Fujitsu are partnering to integrate some of their products, enable faster data centre server system deployment, and develop a joint go-to-market strategy. Fujitsu is a general IT supplier with products ranging from mainframes, through servers, storage and networking to PCs and notebooks. It includes Fujitsu Technology …
note that fujitsu also has their own line of storage arrays as well the mack daddy of which is the 8000 series
The architecture of it seems unique so I don't think it's an OEM'd product, goes to 8 controllers, and 2.75PB of space. even has cache redundancy like 3PAR's persistent cache.
from the PDF
"Products and vendors that compete with the ETERNUS8000 include 3PAR T800 systems, EMC Symmetrix DMX-4, Hitachi Universal Storage Platform, and IBM System Storage DS8000."
More interestingly, Fujitsu is the only active maker of SPARC chips nowadays... though Sun is emphasizing x86 more and more lately, could this be a backdoor play for NTAP to help handle any eventuality stemming from Sun/Oracle possibly winning (or at least failing to promptly settle) the ZFS/WAFL patent battle?
Ten to two pull at the nightclub
This has all the makings of a ten to two pull at a nightclub - Fujitsu and NetApp are stumbling around an increasingly empty club, all the best options have already pulled, their eyes meet across a beer swilled dance floor and they both realise that that's their only option!
You have forgotten about Suns CMT chips (UltraSPARCT2/T2+) used in the T5xx0 servers and blades. More of those are made than the SPARC64 chips used in the Sun and Fujitsu high end servers.
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