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Fujitsu introduces new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance solution

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May 8, 2017

Fujitsu has introduced new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance solution. Dubbed PRIMEFLEX for Storage Spaces Direct, it uses Microsoft virtualized infrastructure software, including Storage Spaces and comes in pre-configured systems based on Fujitsu's PRIMERGY x86 servers.

The Storage Spaces Direct technology comes from MS' Windows Server 2016. Fujitsu says these systems provide highly available software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays.

The new system comes in either all-flash or hybrid flash/disk configurations. It starts with two servers and rapidly scales to 16, with 384 drives, supporting up to 800 virtual servers or desktops with sub-millisecond response times.

There are quality of service (QoS) controls for the storage, with per-VM IOPS limits, and erasure coding for in-system data protection.

Fujitsu suggests that those systems are suited to small and medium-sized businesses, and enterprise remote and branch offices.

You might want to compare and contrast those with similar solutions from HyperGrid, which also uses Microsoft virtualization software.

Fujitsu executive Olivier Delachapelle asserted-- "It doesn't make economic sense to try and build a hyper-converged infrastructure foundation from scratch, as it is highly complex and time-consuming, and it also requires specialist skills. To take the headache out of moving to hyper-converged systems, Fujitsu and Microsoft have worked together to provide a proven, integrated platform.”

Fujitsu says that pricing depends on specific configurations and by region. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Fujitsu.


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