Fujitsu Gives Partners a Helping Hand

Fujitsu partners looking to grow datacentre sales are being given the opportunity to offer customers one of the first implementations of VMware’s EVO: RAIL software-defined hyper-scale architecture, which combines computing, networking, and storage resources into a single hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.

The Fujitsu Integrated System Appliance for VMware EVO: RAIL is designed to address the issues of ICT system bottlenecks and slow deployment of additional resources that are needed without delay. It is also a great platform for the development of professional services business.

Prime targets will be corporate organisations that need to scale-up their compute capability fast, or deploy VDI swiftly and cost-effectively. Organisations looking to scale-out their online presence and service providers that need to meet rising demand will also be prospective buyers.

The idea of EVO: RAIL is simple – it creates an easy to deploy, all-in-one solution that will deliver a stable virtualised infrastructure with up to 100 average-sized VMs and up to 250 standard VMs for VDI, and theoretically unlimited storage. Fast deployment means EVO: RAIL addresses the massive frustration that slow implementation of causes for customers. It also means costs are definable and projects won’t spiral out of control.

Craig Parker, Head of Product Marketing, Technology Products Group, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, says: “Fujitsu is the first major channel-focused vendor to offer a VMware EVO: RAIL solution, and as a name that’s known and trusted in the enterprise market, our offering presents partners with a really great opportunity to get ahead of the competition. By going to market early with the Fujitsu Integrated System Appliance, they can also mark themselves out as thought-leaders and innovators in data centre solutions, and generate professional services income.”

The Fujitsu Integrated System Appliance for VMware EVO: RAIL is based on optimised Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX400 rack servers. It fits into a standard data centre rack. Fujitsu’s Cool-safe advanced thermal design technology drives down energy costs by up to 27 percent. Second-generation appliances – due later this year – will run at higher ambient temperatures, reducing power costs for cooling.

Powerful Fujitsu x86 servers are already proven as the best choice for running fully-virtualised VMware environments, as confirmed by Fujitsu’s current lead position in nine of the 13 VMmark benchmarks. Later versions of the Integrated System Appliance will offer even higher performance by making use of next-generation of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and DDR4 support.

The Fujitsu Integrated System Appliance for VMware EVO: RAIL can be ordered as a standardised configuration. Customers looking for additional capacity can simply scale out by adding more appliance units.

A number of early-adopter units are now available and Fujitsu expects to have full availability for deployment in January.

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David Dungay

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