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TMCNet:  Fujitsu vShape Integrates Latest Storage Cluster Technologies

[March 12, 2014]

Fujitsu vShape Integrates Latest Storage Cluster Technologies

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) London -- Fujitsu today announces the integration of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP into its proven vShape reference architecture. This integrates Fujitsus x86 PRIMERGY servers, Brocades switches and NetApps storage systems to provide enterprises with a scale-out shared infrastructure that is more flexible and better able to expand to cope with near unlimited data growth.

In a move that makes the Fujitsu reference architecture more scalable and even easier for customers to manage, Fujitsu has synchronised all elements for defined software package sizes, and Fujitsu vShape is validated by all three vendors as a single solution. For customers, the benefit is the peace of mind and convenience of an architecture with proven scalability, all managed via a single point of contact.

It is this flexibility that makes Fujitsus latest vShape solution ideal for the enterprise, in contrast to offerings from other vendors, which depend on local hardware or servers in order to scale to meet ever-increasing storage demands.

The fully virtualised Fujitsu vShape solution is a dedicated enterprise-class appliance that is specifically designed to cope with even as-yet-unknown infrastructure demands. This ensures that Information and Communication Technology systems are flexible enough to support businesses by coping with future use cases, as well as directly addressing the continued headache of managing rapid data growth. As a result, vShape allows enterprises to scale out within a single storage system, providing virtualised shared infrastructures that are designed for non-disruptive operations throughout a systems lifetime.

Customers choosing Fujitsu vShape also minimise system downtime thanks to NetApp clustered Data ONTAP. The self-healing system allows tasks such as storage maintenance, hardware lifecycle operations and software upgrades to be completed on a running system by freeing up one node for maintenance. As a result, customers save time and money by being able to consolidate and share the same infrastructure for workloads with varying requirements in terms of performance, capacity and security.

By adopting a completely virtualised IT infrastructure like Fujitsu vShape businesses are empowered to decide how they want to store information now and in the future either holding data on-premise or via a cloud set-up.

The latest enhancements to vShape also allow companies to decouple their IT from application lifecycles and switch to an operating concept instead of a dedicated hardware stack. As a result, enterprises gain a flexible way to deal with inevitable data growth and data management challenges, and can avoid vendor lock-in.

Supporting quotes According to Bernhard Brandwitte, Vice President Storage Business at Fujitsu: Every business has unique, constantly changing and evolving IT requirements, but they all have one thing in common, which is the exploding and exponential growth of their data. Although nobody can predict the future, choosing Fujitsu vShape allows enterprises to plan for it, by putting in place a flexible foundation. As a totally virtualised IT environment, vShape guarantees the flexibility to keep up with even unknown levels of future storage requirements.

Manfred Reitner, Senior Vice President & General Manager EMEA, NetApp comments: vShape is now available for the first time with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP, delivering seamless scale-out operations and consistent data management for converged infrastructures. Enterprises can drive significant value as cDOT helps eliminate planned downtime and enables them to service their infrastructure without disrupting access to user data and applications. In combination with other best-of-breed technologies for computer and network, Fujitsu with vShape offers a strategic all-in-one approach for customers datacenter and cloud requirements.

Marcus Jewell, Vice President of Brocade, EMEA says: Fujitsus new vShape solution, including Brocades Ethernet switching and now with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP, further expands Fujitsus ability to provide an open virtualisation solution that is simple to scale and manage for customers.

They want solutions which are simple to deploy, and also meet their need for enterprise-level scalability and reliability. Brocades Ethernet switches, supported by Fujitsu and designed into vShape, allow customers to scale by buying only what they need today, and then easily scaling user ports and adding higher level services as their infrastructure and network requirements evolve.

Pricing and availability vShape, including PRIMERGY servers, NetApp storage, Brocade switches and virtualisation software from VMware or Microsoft is available through Fujitsu and channel partners. Pricing varies according to region and specifications.

Online resources - vShape Case studies: http://www.go-vshape.com/en/best-practices - About NetApp ONTAP 8 storage platform: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/platform-os/data-ontap-8/unified-architecture.

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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 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 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com *Fujitsu UK & Ireland* Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of 1.6 billion.

Additionally, Fujitsus 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: http://uk.fujitsu.com.

For further information please contact: Nik Jeffries James Millen Harvard PR Fujitsu UK & Ireland Tel: + 44 (0)20 7861 2800 Tel: + 44 (0)7867 833 955 Email: teamfujitsu@harvard.co.uk Email: james.millen@uk.fujitsu.com Nik Jeffries Account Executive 26 Southampton Buildings London WC2A 1PQ Direct Line +44 (0)20 7861 2448 Mob: +44 (0)779 5237 106 Twitter: @njeffries www.harvard.co.uk .

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