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University Campus Suffolk Adopts Fujitsu Storage Area Network and vShape Server Virtualisation

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, April 30, 2013

University Campus Suffolk (UCS) has enlisted the help of Fujitsu to create a virtualised data centre infrastructure to support the majority of the institution’s systems. This will provide a cost-effective, flexible approach to application and computing resource deployment and management, enabling a more customer friendly approach to planned maintenance.

The project consists of two phases: transition from an unreliable and unmanageable legacy physical server and first generation virtualisation environment to deployment of Fujitsu’s vShape “infrastructure-in-a-box” technology; followed by an expansion of UCS’s storage infrastructure.

The project will solve a number of challenges for UCS which has grown rapidly over recent years putting pressure on its IT systems. For instance application updates had to be handled manually during office hours leading to regular downtime; maintenance of physical servers took place monthly on a Friday night involving extensive planning and discussions with multiple departments and UCS staff to minimise impact on the institution’s operations; and late nights for the IT Services (ITS) team, who had to patch the physical servers, install updates and re-start the systems.

UCS is now ready to implement the Fujitsu vShape 100 ‘virtualisation infrastructure-in-a-box’ package. This will enable the rapid deployment of both applications and compute resource at the click of a button. Virtual machine applications and workloads can be moved to other virtual servers in the solution, keeping the applications running and removing the need for planned downtime. The customers of the UCS ITS team will not even know the infrastructures under their applications are being worked on; and ITS is looking forward to fewer late nights.

vShape’s High Availability option ensures uninterrupted uptime should a blade failure occur or a workload spike require a sudden increase in performance.

“UCS is a fast paced, rapidly expanding, modern higher education institution and we need to ensure that our core IT systems are capable of supporting, not inhibiting, the institution’s aspirations,” explains Peter O’Rourke, director of IT Services at UCS. “Improved reliability and performance of the core IT infrastructure allied to the benefits of virtualisation are near-term immediate gains but scope for future expansion is the real appeal of the Fujitsu approach.”

Craig Parker, head of product marketing at Fujitsu UK and Ireland’s Technology Product Group, said “Fujitsu vShape is designed from the ground up to offer the small to medium-sized business – whether that’s an office or a University – everything it needs to deliver highly flexible and expandable IT to its users. We have already proven that an innovative storage system can deliver benefits and we are confident that vShape will further help staff and students.”

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 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$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu UK and Ireland

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.6 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

About UCS

UCS is a new kind of higher education institution that allows students to access the knowledge and resources of its two validating universities, the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex, as well as local colleges and the wider community.

The institution offers an attractive portfolio of courses within the Schools of Applied Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Business, Leadership and Enterprise, Nursing and Midwifery and Science, Technology and Health at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. This is complemented by a range of research in these areas.

Since its foundation, student numbers have grown consistently to approximately 4,500 FTEs in 2011/12. Strong connections with local, regional and international employers help ensure high rates of employability and the institution has received increasingly strong National Student Survey outcomes each year.

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Date: 30 April, 2013
City: London


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