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Apr 24 2018

VMware and Microsoft Certify PRIMEFLEX for Hyperconverged Infrastructures

Fujitsu has obtained certifications from VMware and Microsoft for its line-up of PRIMEFLEX integrated systems for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) that build on the latest Fujitsu PRIMERGY M4 server range. As a result, customers who are rolling out HCI for the first time or scaling existing deployments now have a guarantee that configurations involving software-defined storage are fully supported by these leading software providers.

Specific software certification is assured for a selection of three integrated systems: PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN, PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation, and PRIMEFLEX for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct. The first and last can be deployed in ROBO environments, for example, providing an easy-to-scale architecture with simplified integration, automatic discovery of new compute and storage resources, and the elimination of external backup in remote locations.

In the case of PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN, Fujitsu has achieved component certification, which validates every single hardware component inside its server systems as compatible with VMware vSAN software. In addition, we have obtained system-level certification via vSAN Ready Nodes, specifying requirements for complete systems with considerable variations in disk capacity, CPU or main memory. Certification for PRIMEFLEX for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct also encompasses both single components and complete systems (WSSD Premium). This kind of 'double certification' ensures that customers receive maximum reliability whenever they run software from these vendors on PRIMEFLEX integrated systems. Fujitsu now also supports all-flash VMware vSAN server configurations in PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation, giving users significantly higher I/O performance.

HCI is particularly effective in handling scale-out workloads, providing extra capacity where demand for compute and storage resources rises and falls in tandem. A popular use case in this context is VDI, where usage of compute and storage resources typically follows a similar curve. By choosing software-certified, pre-configured and pre-integrated Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX servers, customers can achieve the benefits of VDI as well as other HCI use cases more quickly, at lower TCO, and with minimal risk. 

VMware- and Microsoft-certified Fujitsu Integrated Systems PRIMEFLEX are now available in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Pricing depends on the chosen configuration and workload scale.


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