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Fujitsu, NetApp launch converged infrastructure

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Fujitsu and NetApp have launched NFLEX Converged Infrastructure, a new joint solution that is designed to greatly simplify the implementation and operation of virtual environments.
Delivered ready to run, NFLEX builds on 20 years of combined expertise to offer a simple converged infrastructure solution that includes modular sizing, preconfigured expansion packs, single-call support, and integrated management.
These features help reduce operational expenses and accelerate positive business outcomes. NFLEX will be available starting in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in early 2018.
As business requirements continue to evolve, Fujitsu and NetApp remain focused on providing a competitive advantage through speed of responsiveness and the flexibility to cope with unpredictable changes in demand.
NFLEX makes it easy for organizations to add compute or storage capacity and to scale with precision, helping them match application requirements to business needs. From purchase through the stages of deployment and operation, NFLEX is designed to simplify the end-to-end experience for customers, which even extends to system support.
NFLEX provides exceptional capabilities in terms of energy efficiency, helping reduce operational costs. Because it also minimises risk by using tried-and-tested Fujitsu and NetAppĀ® compute and storage technologies, combined into a single rack cabinet for the data center, customers can have complete confidence in their IT infrastructure.
NFLEX is aimed at midsize businesses and at large enterprises across all industry sectors, providing enhanced service delivery and innovative services, as well as supporting cloud workloads. NFLEX is ready for cloud and hybrid IT environments through the combination of Fujitsu Enterprise Service Catalog ManagerĀ¹ and the NetApp Data Fabric.
Michael Keegan, senior vice-president and head of EMEIA product business at Fujitsu, says: “One of the factors that makes NFLEX a compelling choice for enterprises is that it delivers new levels of performance for fully-virtualized environments without adding another layer of complexity.
“In fact, NFLEX helps simplify data center infrastructures, making them easier to manage, and as a consequence, more responsive and cost-efficient than before. The new solution is designed for CIOs trying to balance costs and compute resources, providing the dependability and performance to keep virtualised networks running at optimal speeds.”
“Digital transformation is top of mind for virtually all our customers and partners. There clearly is an opportunity to leverage the wealth of data they own and take the business further. But resources, skills and budgets in the IT departments can be a challenge,” says Alexander Wallner, senior vice-president and GM: EMEA at NetApp. “Converged solutions like NFLEX can help alleviate these challenges, because they are easy to purchase, deploy, operate, and support. Of course, NFLEX also features a strong data management component which enables enterprises to drive innovation by easily tapping into cloud-borne services.”
The new converged infrastructure solution is factory integrated, preinstalled, and pretested. It features best-in-class NetApp and Fujitsu components, including the latest high-density Fujitsu Primergy CX400 M4 x86 servers and Fujitsu Software ServerView Infrastructure Manager (ISM).
It also includes the option of NetApp All Flash FAS A-Series or hybrid flash FAS systems with NetApp ONTAP data management software. NFLEX is designed for optimal high availability so that organizations can offer and comply with strict SLAs. Companies can choose the configuration that best meets their needs, adjusting the number of server nodes; memory and storage capacity; and type of storage, hybrid or all-flash. NFLEX also interoperates with existing environments.