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Apr 11 2019

Flexible in Every Way: FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS CS200c

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Since its inception, the FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS CS200c has been known to streamline data protection and management functions in a single integrated solution for the digital world. Industry-leading software from Commvault aligns with potent Fujitsu system technology to provide optimum business efficiency and continuity. Now the appliance is available with an expanded and improved set of configuration and licensing options.

Perfect for backup and archiving in small and medium-sized environments as well as branch offices, the appliance offers SMEs and larger organizations all the advantages of a pre-loaded and pre-tested integrated appliance – out-of-the-box data protection, fast return on investment, efficient operation, and simple, straightforward management functions. More specifically, the ETERNUS CS200c is available in multiple editions that cover different capacity needs and usage scenarios, from elementary to advanced. Customers can thus choose from a vast selection of configurations that is now paired with an equally variable set of licensing options, as we will explain below.

The Appliance
These editions correspond to a set of three configuration models, namely ECO 08, FLEX, and FLEX CACHE (aka FLEXC for short). All models use internal disks; however, the FLEXC variety can be expanded with external storage arrays from the ETERNUS AF and ETERNUS DX product lines or alternatively ETERNUS JX DAS subsystems. Capacity points range from 8 to 144 TB and vary according to the configuration model and licensing options that customers choose, and so do further specifications. For more details about the hardware configuration, please see our product page and the data sheet (PDF).

All ETERNUS CS200c appliances, regardless of size, rely on Commvault data protection and management software that provides a comprehensive set of features and functions including some you wouldn't expect in an 'SME appliance,' such as application support, cloud attachment, compression/dedup-to-disk, and primary/secondary copy encryption. Depending on individual licensing, more 'comfort functions' like snapshot support, snapshot replication, endpoint data protection and tape support can be added on top. Other software components include a pre-installed copy of Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard, elements of Fujitsu ServerView for hardware management, and a set of appliance-specific automation functions to handle disk configuration.

Licensing
Earlier this year, Fujitsu introduced flexible software licensing options for the ETERNUS CS200c that make it easier for customers to benefit from an integrated backup appliance while ensuring maximum licensing flexibility and investment protection. At the same time, we wanted to keep the licensing process as clean and simple as possible – and not end up with a maze of terms and conditions that have little if anything to do with typical data center scenarios and use cases.

To achieve this, we're following a three-pronged approach. While configuring their ETERNUS CS200c ECO or FLEX variants, users can essentially choose between the following distinct licensing flavors:

    • The 'Commvault Classic' option – in this case, the appliance comes with Commvault's Complete™ Backup & Recovery software package pre-installed, which covers all data management capabilities that are needed to carry out orderly backup, recovery and archiving, including functionalities like snapshot, replication, support for tape and cloud storage, etc. Depending on user requirements the licensing can be based on capacity, measured in Front End Terabytes (FET)1, on instances (VMs, CPU sockets or physical servers) or on user numbers/usage scenarios, i.e. the number of endpoints or mailboxes the appliance protects. The add-on modules, Commvault Orchestrate™ (to support automated service delivery and data migration) and/or Commvault Activate™ (to ensure GDPR compliance and prepare data for business analytics) enhance the Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery package.

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Table 1: ETERNUS CS200c with 'Commvault Classic' licensing option

  • Commvault BET OEM for ETERNUS CS200c – as the name implies, this license was developed in close collaboration by both firms and exclusively covers our ETERNUS CS200c appliance. The exact licensing terms are based on capacity, with the main distinction being that capacity is measured in Back End Terabytes (BET), that is, the amount of backup data stored on the disk and/or appliance storage, typically after deduplication. This license type covers the entire used backend capacity, including secondary copies, and provides complete application support for an unlimited number of clients. Moreover, it includes numerous add-ons, among them bare metal recovery, second-tier/endpoint backup, deduplication, encryption, and cloud backup. Depending on individual needs, snapshot and snapshot replication support for all major storage arrays including Fujitsu ETERNUS, and tape attachment can be added on top. The BET license cannot be mixed with the Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery license.
  • Zero license – in this case, customers purchase an ETERNUS CS200c data protection appliance without backup software license, but pre-configured and preinstalled. This model offers an easy and quick start-up for existing Commvault users to replace older hardware or to quickly deploy new Commvault media agents into their existing environment.
  • For more details, please see our white paper "ETERNUS CS200c Features" (PDF) or refer to the related webcast recording.

Both the 'Commvault Classic' and BET OEM license types are "perpetual," meaning that once obtained, they do not expire and can easily be carried over to a new appliance during necessary hardware upgrades.

Conclusion
Fujitsu's ETERNUS CS200c data protection appliance has long been lauded for its performance, reliability, ease of use, and configurability. With the current edition, we managed to add ease of licensing to an already attractive mix.

[1] The term denotes the total amount of data being backed up before deduplication, with data being measured as the current largest full (or synthetic full) backup performed.

Helga Eppig

 

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Helga Eppig

International Product Marketing Storage, Fujitsu

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