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Fujitsu Enables the Creation of Software-Defined Data Centers with Hyper-Converged PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation

Fujitsu EMEIA

News facts:
  • Dedicated PRIMEFLEX solution enables creation of flexible, agile software-defined data centers (SDDCs) based on market-leading VMware Cloud Foundation software
  • Solution available directly from Fujitsu or as part the SELECT Channel portfolio
  • Choice of ready-to-run system or reference architecture gives customers maximum flexibility to meet fast changing business requirements
Munich, September 07, 2017 - Fujitsu today announces the general availability of its first completely software-defined data center solution for VMware environments, PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation. This fast-tracks the creation of software-defined data centers (SDDCs) to provide a more flexible and adaptive computing infrastructure.

Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation – on show at VMworld in Barcelona1 – is designed to dramatically simplify how companies buy, implement, and operate large-scale SDDCs. Customers can choose either a turnkey integrated system, or a reference architecture. Turnkey systems allow customers to get Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) up and running in just hours, based on familiar VMware software. The reference architecture approach allows the use of pre-qualified and pre-certified vSAN Ready Nodes for VMware Cloud Foundation deployments2. With its two solutions for creating a hyper-converged environment, PRIMEFLEX gives customers an even wider choice in creating scalable, efficient, and agile on premise VMware Cloud Foundation software-defined infrastructure deployments that can be tuned to individual requirements.

The guiding principle of PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation is to provide customers with an easy-to-operate, pre-configured solution that includes everything required for a hyper-converged SDDC infrastructure. The latest addition to the Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX line-up is ideal for enterprises and service providers that need fast production, easy maintenance, and lower total cost of ownership. It combines a high-performance Fujitsu server platform with switches from Cisco and QCT, and features VMware software-defined compute, storage and networking capabilities as well as the integrated management of physical and virtual resources.

Craig Parker, Head of Integrated Systems for the EMEIA region at Fujitsu, says: “Business units are continuing to expect more from their IT departments – mainly in responding faster and in a more flexible way to support fast-changing business needs, while of course still managing risk and cost. More and more enterprises are finding that software-defined design is the answer, since it streamlines infrastructures and increases flexibility and agility. However, it is a daunting challenge to build such a software-defined environment – and can be a difficult, time-consuming and error-prone process. PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation is the result of close collaboration between Fujitsu and VMware to create a solution that takes the risk and complexity out of SDDC deployments, while also dramatically cutting the time it takes to set up and operate such an infrastructure.”

Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers underpin PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation. Designed for virtualization and optimized for VMware software, these servers are part of Fujitsu’s tried and tested x86 portfolio, which has led industry benchmarks for virtualization for half a decade. Currently, the Fujitsu x86 portfolio leads 16 of 21 VMmark 2.0x benchmarks3, which are recognized as a true indicator of performance in virtualization platforms.

Pricing and Availability

Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation is available immediately directly from Fujitsu or as part of the SELECT Channel partner portfolio. As the first VMware technology partner to offer VMware Cloud Foundation to the channel, Fujitsu is giving its SELECT Partner Program members a head start in terms of initiating new software-defined, hyper-converged storage projects for their customers.

The new channel offering is backed by extensive training via the Fujitsu SELECT Academy, where channel partners receive the same advanced product and pre-sales training as Fujitsu employees. This training enables channel partners to specify and deploy PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation with confidence for customers, and also represents a step towards certification as SELECT Expert in Integrated Systems - a newly-created curriculum.

PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation pricing varies according to the system specification, and local markets.

Notes to editors

1 Fujitsu is showcasing PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation at VMworld 2017 Europe in Barcelona (September 10 to 14) in the Solution Exchange Hall, on the Fujitsu booth #P311.
2 Although the second option does not feature all of the automated build and configure processes provided with the integrated system, it does improve the speed of adoption and confidence of compability for each of the server nodes.
3 VMmark is a free tool used by hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors, and others to measure the performance, scalability, and power consumption of virtualization platforms. For more information, see http://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark.html

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About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US $40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu EMEIA

Fujitsu enables customers to capitalize on digital opportunities with confidence, by helping them to balance robust ICT and digital innovation. Fujitsu’s full portfolio of products, solutions and services gives its customers a competitive advantage in the era of digital transformation. In Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) the company employs more than 29,000 people. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/about/

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Date: 07 September, 2017
City: Munich