Fujitsu Siemens Computers and VMware have announced the immediate shipment of the first Primergy servers factory-fitted with the new VMware ESX 3i virtualisation software. This makes it possible to begin using virtualisation software the first time a server is booted, activating a virtualisation layer on the Primergy server within minutes.

The hardware and software partnership between Fujitsu Siemens Computers and VMware is targeted at making advanced virtualisation more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses.
A virtualised server environment makes it possible for end-customers to drastically reduce the number of servers they need, which also significantly lowers energy consumption – both for processor power and cooling, as well as overall system management costs.
Jens-Peter Seick, senior vice-president: Enterprise Server Business at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, says: "The benefits of virtualisation for small- and medium-size businesses are clear. Fujitsu Siemens Computers and VMware have a shared vision on cost saving through the consolidation of server infrastructure. ESX 3i enhances VMware’s product offering by simplifying the set-up and management of a virtualized VMware server environment."
In promoting the concept of virtualisation, Fujitsu Siemens Computers consistently underscores its role as a developer of cutting-edge technology and the company’s dedication to environmentally friendly IT and optimised energy efficiency in the data centre.
Diane Greene, president and CEO of VMware, says: “Companies of all sizes have the same needs. They must reduce capital and operating expenses, and run their software so that it is always available and responsive in the most cost, power, and management efficient way. That is what virtualization achieves. We have a long standing collaboration with Fujitsu Siemens Computers and are very pleased to be taking this next joint step together of virtualization-enabling Primergy servers.”
Primergy industry standard server models factory-fitted with the embedded VMware ESX 3i virtualisation software are available exclusively through the channel, and the package includes 90 days free support from Fujitsu Siemens Computers, which can be optionally extended.
Servers also ship with an evaluation copy of the VMware Infrastructure suite, the market-leading solution for delivering a fully-managed and automated virtual data centre.