The 5 Vs of Big Data and the Fujitsu M10

We often hear about the 3 Vs or 4 Vs or even 5 Vs of Big Data. Almost always Volume, Velocity and Variety are the first three mentioned. With Big Data, the Volume is large, the Velocity is high, and the Variety is definitely extensive. In my opinion, Veracity is a worthy addition to those first 3 Vs. Our data, whether big or small, must be accurate and of course secure. And the fifth V, for Value, is what compute and IT and pumping electrons through silicon is all about. We need to extract Value from the data in order to make any Big Data project worthwhile.


How does the Fujitsu M10 SPARC server provide those 5 Vs? Let’s take a look at each in turn.


All of the Fujitsu M10 models offer extremely dense compute capabilities, highly scalable architectures plus core activation providing fine granular expansion. These features allow the Fujitsu M10 business server to grow along with your Big Data. The compact 1-socket M10-1 is a beast; it easily provides the processing power of several larger, previous generation systems. Step up to the M10-4, and you get a high-end server in a 4U package. Then the M10-4S Building Block system provides the highest levels of scalability. It goes from 2 sockets to 64 in 2 or 4 socket steps and supports huge memory (32 Terabytes maximum). The ability to flexibly expand is one of the most important capabilities required for large workloads such as Big Data and analytics. The Big Data + analytics field is relatively new, and this modular design is perfect for dipping into the potential with a small initial investment, but then have a path to rapidly expand.



Speed is not just about Gigahertz. The overall design of a server contributes just as much to processing speed. Of course Fujitsu M10 servers have a great clock speed (up to 3.7GHz), but the whole system approach to M10’s design has contributed to record-breaking performance. For example, Liquid Loop Cooling lets us place the CPUs and memory very close together for extreme low latency and memory throughput of over 100 Gigabytes/sec per CPU chip. Putting the Memory Access Controllers directly in the CPU means direct CPU to memory connections as well. Same for the I/O controllers. We put everything on the chip and pack the entire machine in a very dense package. Then inside the silicon, Software on Chip features like SIMD (single instruction multiple data) in conjunction with Oracle Database In-Memory squeeze the most out of the hardware design for incredibly impressive performance gains.



One size does not fit all. Fujitsu M10 is not just three models. We provide many different ways to meet your specific needs: multiple CPU speeds, granular core activation, mixed memory DIMM support, start with just 4 DIMMs in M10-1 or 8 in M10-4 and M10-4S, start with just a single M10-4S Building Block, and multiple ways to slice and dice the system physically and virtually.

The popular, mature and trusted Oracle VM for SPARC logical domain technology and Oracle Solaris containers are excellent tools for virtualization. And, the M10-4S supports physical partitioning for dividing and joining multiple Building Blocks into electrically isolated partitions, even dynamically. These features are all about providing the variety of configurations you need to boost utilization, consolidate old machines, and optimize your return on investment.



What is the most important thing about mainframes? The machine must stay up! What is the most important thing about data? It must be accurate, reliable and secure. Fujitsu is roughly twice as old as I am, and has been designing, building and selling mainframes for decades (even now). That’s a lot of experience in the reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) area. And that experience is embodied in Fujitsu M10 machines. It may not be sexy or an often-touted claim in Silicon Valley, but Fujitsu prides itself on thinking about the customer first, and making mission-critical systems that work, work well, and work for a long time.

We aren’t just old; we know cutting edge too! Hardware encryption/decryption enabled by the Software on Chip Crypto features inside M10’s SPARC64 X/X+ processors can result in up to six to seven times higher encryption rates for OpenSSL encryption of data. For details, see my earlier blog:


And it all adds up to value, the most important V for you. Extreme raw performance, core activation granularity and savings, consolidate those old SPARC systems in your datacenter,

in-memory database capabilities, etc. These all enable savings in power, space and money, as well as contribute mightily to a platform perfect for unprecedented real-time analytics for immediate knowledge and decision support. Corporations want to extract value that results in enhanced customer insights and a better ROI for the business. Government organizations are looking to extract knowledge from their data whether on the security front or in terms of more effectively providing services to us all.

Those first Vs lead to Value, and we always want to keep the Value dimension top of mind when we work with Big Data. If your Big Data is small or large and growing, Fujitsu M10 servers offer an excellent array of Big Data characteristics that lead to Value.

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