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Aug 14 2014

Fujitsu Cluster-in-a-box Refreshed: HA in Less than an Hour

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In recent years, companies of all sizes have expressed growing interest in improving their IT's availability. However, projected costs and complexity often drive potential buyers away – especially if they are mid-sized organizations working under strict budget constraints. Fujitsu Cluster-in-a-box provides these customers with exactly the simplified and affordable high availability solution they are looking for.

Today many business-critical processes depend on IT. As a result, any IT failure can directly impair a company's business activities and result in lost sales. Recent studies show that one single hour of downtime can cost an average firm thousands or even tens of thousands of euros, depending on the industry it's in and the server systems affected. Given this situation, it's only normal that a growing number of mid-sized enterprises have started to explore and evaluate the capabilities of HA solutions, though not always with favorable results. What these potential customers dread most are the challenges that go along with building an adequate infrastructure: a high level of complexity, huge design efforts, long project duration, botched and/or delayed implementation, and high cost deviation. While none of these fears are entirely unsubstantiated, there's also a reliable way to minimize the risks by introducing Fujitsu Cluster-in-a-box as a hardware platform for critical applications and services. Cluster-in-a-box brings maximum simplicity to the rollout of HA solutions – users just need to unpack the system, turn it on, run the configuration wizard and connect it to the network, all of which should take less than an hour.

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First introduced in fall 2012, Fujitsu Cluster-in-a-box has recently undergone a substantial update. It is now available in two variants that build on proven FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY technology. Both offer a risk-free, ready-to-run system in a single enclosure. The "classic" variants are still available with one single order code. They are based on the up-to-date version of FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY BX400 blade servers or FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY CX420 density-optimized servers. As usual, these configurations come with all necessary components pre-configured and pre-installed and thus provide a stable basis for HA infrastructures. Equipped with Intel® Xeon® processors, main memory, sufficient storage space and with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 pre-installed, these systems are fit for diverse usage scenarios from handling physical workloads to providing the platform for up to 30 virtual machines.

In addition to the single-order code systems, simple-to-configure Cluster-in-a-box systems for advanced users bring a lot more flexibility to the table. Users can choose from a variety of core components to build a tailor-made Cluster-in-a-box that exactly suits their needs. A simplified configuration process allows them to pick adequate processors, main memory, and storage including SSDs. Moreover, there is also a free choice of operating system editions, network connections and, in the case of PRIMERGY BX400-based systems, tower or rack form factor. Finally, aside from its main role as an HA server for business-critical applications, each Cluster-in-a-box may also serve as a NAS storage device for other servers in Windows environments. And thanks to the newly released disk extension FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS JX60, its overall storage capacity can be extended to 72 or even 140 disks.

To sum it up, the refreshed Fujitsu Cluster-in-a-box is the most powerful, expandable and flexible version yet. And with the new tailoring options and its ability to act in parallel as HA Windows NAS storage, it offers a unique value proposition for mid-sized organizations.

Alfons Michels

 

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Alfons Michels

Senior Product Marketing Manager Servers at Fujitsu CEMEA&I

 

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VMware
August 25, 2014, 10:34 vgubar
Do you plan to create such systems running VMware?
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