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Jul 12 2018

Why Our Servers Are Easy to Choose, Configure, Deploy and Optimize


It's a common situation all IT departments are facing on a regular basis: New servers must be deployed, or old ones need to be replaced because they're no longer powerful enough or otherwise outdated. At times, things can get even more complicated, e.g. when they have to build a whole new infrastructure. When time has come, the first question is who or what will help them to pick adequate hard- and software platforms. With Fujitsu and its well-established "tool landscape," the answer is easy.

Until 10 or 12 years ago, building new data centers or setting up fresh infrastructures was relatively easy. CIOs and their teams typically had a limited number of general-purpose standardized servers to choose from that they would buy for the best price and attune to company needs later. In today's data-driven, connected economy, that's no longer an option: Customers and their employees expect critical data and applications to be readily available at their fingertips, and so do their customers when exploring websites and online shops. In other words, the process of selecting, configuring, deploying and optimizing hard- and software platforms must be kept as simple as possible and yield immediate results. That, in turn, is not exactly easy considering that in most cases, the key task at hand is essentially twofold – first, IT teams must find suitable server models for specific applications, and second, they have to come up with the proper configuration. In all of these cases channel partners will be able to guide you through the procedure and act as trusted advisors. But even the most competent partners need support – which is why Fujitsu provides a broad selection of tried and tested, free-of-charge tools and services that reduce complexities to a minimum.

But even such a modernized and streamlined process still starts with step #1, putting together a 'wish list' that includes all desired capabilities, functions and services that management and IT teams consider business-critical. Once that list is complete, it's usually time to enter preliminary talks with Fujitsu sales representatives or channel partners – or, if you're working on more complex projects, to or visit one of our Fujitsu DemoCenters or multiple partner demo centers to meet up with the experts and get deeper insights into our product, service and solution portfolio, find the right foundation and ensure that your servers serve your business, as illustrated in the video below.

Once it's clear which system (or systems) will fit a customer's general requirements, the time has come to sort out the details. To this end, we're offering a set of tools that complement one another and cover various aspects of server configuration:

  • The first simple way to get a detailed overview of a system is to look at the respective System Configuration guide. Here, we list all available components – from base units through processors and memory modules to network controllers, power supplies and accessories. Each configuration guide is a distinct document in PDF format that is easily accessible from the product page, e.g. here for the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2540 M4.
  • If the guide doesn't provide enough information – for instance about how well a server is suited for specific applications or usage scenarios – then looking at the benchmark reports will surely be helpful. These reports summarize all benchmark results that were ever obtained for specific servers and even compare them to those of other systems. All reports are freely accessible via Fujitsu's website.
  • In more complicated cases, you may wish to obtain more information about the capabilities of specific processors. To satisfy this need, we've created our CPU Guide, which helps you find the adequate model.
  • SystemArchitect and WebArchitect help to finalize the configuration and ordering process. Both serve an identical purpose – determining individual configurations and obtaining quotes for all Fujitsu products, ranging from notebooks to integrated systems. But while SystemArchitect is downloadable software, WebArchitect is an online service that's available in distinct public and partner editions. Both tools support real-time configuration during customer meetings and include a bunch of important functions that help to avoid hardware mismatches and failures, such as plausibility checks for predetermined configurations, a calculator to check out performance values, a cabling assistant, and a special configurator for Value4you systems.

If all of this information is not yet detailed enough, the experts at our Competence Centers will be glad to help. Are you running a manufacturing business and looking to implement IoT solutions in order to streamline the production process? Then you should talk to the guys from our Industry 4.0 Competence Center in Munich that we've opened last year. Or if you plan to speed up and safeguard buying, selling, exchanging and paying for goods, it might be time to visit our International Blockchain Innovation Center in Brussels, Belgium, where we develop and test solutions for blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. If none of that helps, the time may have come to take a look at our Co-creating Program, which is offered through our Digital Transformation Centers (DTC) in major cities around the world. All of these serve as technology enablers and form the backbone for country pre-sales, helping customers to make the most of our offerings by assisting with concept and solution designs, creating proofs of concept, and sizing and configuration of actual hardware platforms and application scenarios. Thus we at Fujitsu and our channel partners not only act as trusted advisors to our customers, but become co-creators of adequate solutions as we collaborate on them with their IT teams, managers and executives. Which in turn paves the way to deeper and more rewarding relationships.

Timo Lampe


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Timo Lampe

Senior Specialist Marketing Manager – Data Center Systems / Server


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