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Fujitsu extends hyperconvergence with SUSE

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Kathy Gibson at SUSEcon, Prague – Fujitsu is helping users to extend on-premise hyperconverged systems to the cloud by enabling cloud-in-a-box services.

The Fujitsu Software Enterprise Service Catalogue Manager (ESCM), launched today at SUSEcon, bridges the gap between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud with branded, multi-tenant, self-service portals for hybrid cloud services, with automated provisioning.

Now fully integrated into the SUSE partner catalogue, Fujitsu ESCM makes it simple for organisations to benefit from the flexibility and scalability of cloud-based services and software, managed via on-premises systems.

Enterprises can add managed, metered access for users to cloud services, including identity management, accounting, and subscription management capabilities. By easily integrating Fujitsu Cloud Service K5, as well as other public cloud services, ESCM ensures seamless scalability for on-premises virtualized architecture, running as a virtual appliance.

The introduction of ESCM to the SUSE partner catalogue builds on the strategic alliance announced last November between Fujitsu and SUSE, where the two companies agreed to commit resources, from development to marketing and sales, within the open source community to foster the development of hybrid cloud products, mission-critical support and future container technologies.

ESCM is the enterprise-grade version of Open Service Catalogue Manager, introduced by Fujitsu as an open source community contribution in October 2015. Predefined integration modules ensure that ESCM is widely compatible with all Infrastructure – (IaaS), Platform-(PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud variants. A rich feature set allows enterprises to provide self-service cloud for multi-tenant end customers, backed by automated provisioning, event management, billing and payment features.

Olivier Delachapelle, head of data centre category management at Fujitsu EMEIA, comments: “While they appreciate the many advantages of cloud-based services, many organizations still have major concerns related to the unmanaged use of cloud services – such as compliance, cost-control, and optimization of resources. With the new Enterprise Service Catalogue Manager software, we are combining the manageability and control that are the hallmarks of on-premises infrastructure with the flexibility and scalability of metered cloud services.”

Phillip Cockrell, vice-president of worldwide alliance sales at SUSE, adds: “This week at SUSEcon, we are showcasing open source technology and innovations that are helping to smooth the way as enterprises transform. Fujitsu has played an active role in building the future of open source cloud computing and the availability of the Enterprise Service Catalogue Manager (ESCM) demonstrates that OpenStack is enterprise ready and gives customers the highest possible degree of choice, security and flexibility in transferring workloads between their public and private clouds.”

Flexibility and ease of implementation are key attributes of ESCM, which can be delivered on a USB stick and runs as a virtual appliance on 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server software. ESCM is also compatible with all five main versions of the Fujitsu PRIMEflex line-up of hyperconverged and converged infrastructure solutions.