PRIMEFLEX vShape reference architecture now 20 percent more powerful with inclusion of PRIMERGY M2 servers
Fujitsu unveils the latest version of its PRIMEFLEX vShape integrated system which now benefits from 20 percent increased performance compared to its previous generation with the incorporation of Fujitsu’s latest powerful PRIMERGY M2 servers.
Powered by the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 product family processors and DDR4 memory technology with up to 2,400 MHz frequency, the latest generation dual-socket FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY systems are designed to process workloads quickly while maintaining low energy consumption. This efficiency is enhanced by the reduced costs associated with cooling thanks to Fujitsu’s Cool-safe Advanced Thermal Design.
The PRIMEFLEX vShape represents an out of the box integrated system for the data center, made up of industry-standard networking, storage and server components, that are optimized to handle virtual workloads.
It is vShape’s flexibility that enables enterprises to rapidly deploy solutions that exactly meet their immediate requirements, regardless of how far they are on the road to virtualization, and easily scale in future to handle demand.
Peter Bradbury, Director of Finance, at UK-based Ashgate Hospice Care commented: “As a non-profit organization, we needed to find a solid IT base that would allow us to stop firefighting day-to-day IT issues, so we could focus on overhauling our online fundraising efforts. We deployed PRIMEFLEX vShape to upgrade our existing, ageing and very silo-ed infrastructure, and to extend it to deliver virtualization. The effects were almost instant. As a result, we were able to see an immediate increase in funds raised estimated to be an additional £60,000 in the first year. The migration took just a single weekend and caused no downtime.
The integrated system is available in validated bundles of multiple different sizes, starting with just 25 virtual machines to address the needs of SMBs, up to configurations for 2,400 virtual machines, designed for large enterprises. This approach delivers ‘standardized customization’ where each customer can quickly deploy the right combination of features or outcomes with the peace of mind that all elements will work together.
Fujitsu’s SELECT Channel partners are also benefitting from the way that PRIMEFLEX vShape delivers ‘standardized customization’, with many finding that even large bundles are easy to install, as each configuration comes with an intuitive, step-by-step installation guide or Fujitsu Professional Services. Jason Fitzgerald, Managing Director at Fujitsu channel partner AAG, adds: “Traditionally the testing and sizing phases of projects are the least predictable, but with vShape we know exactly how long it will take. Not only can we manage more contracts but we are also able to deploy even complex installations quickly. In some cases, it has taken us longer to unwrap the equipment than it has to get it up and running.”
Depending on a customer’s business requirements, the functionality delivered by vShape can be further tailored, for example by adding more disks or shelves to increase storage capacity, by including disaster recovery, or by incorporating backup to an ETERNUS CS200c appliance. Customers can also choose between VMware or Microsoft virtualization software and have on top the choice of implementing either VMware Horizon View or Citrix XenDesktop for their virtual desktop infrastructure. Furthermore, the integrated system can be used to deliver not just virtualization, but also private cloud deployments. For the latter, customers simply need to deploy validated VMware vRealize cloud management software. PRIMEFLEX vShape also offers a highly-competitive alternative for organizations where all-in-one, hyperconverged storage is not the right fit.