Fujitsu and NetApp Launch Converged Infrastructure Solution NFLEX for Strategic IT Delivery
Fujitsu Limited and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) unveiled 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 minimizes risk by using tried-and-tested Fujitsu and NetApp® 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 Manager(1) and the NetApp Data Fabric.(2)
“Fujitsu and NetApp both recognized the need for a fresh approach to deliver the next generation of converged data center infrastructure, ” said Kenichi Sakai, Corporate Executive Officer and Head of Data Center Platform Business Unit at Fujitsu Limited. “Both companies worked together from the start to co-engineer NFLEX, which is the latest development in the longest-standing converged infrastructure alliance between two leading vendors in the technology industry. NFLEX draws on best-in-class compute and storage technologies that are trusted by thousands of customers worldwide to increase uptime, operational efficiency, and productivity while also ensuring a seamless fit between technologies―helping reduce cost, risk, and complexity.”
“With digital transformation topping the strategic agenda in most organizations, IT leaders are under tremendous pressure to harness today’s wealth of data and apply it to create new value across the entire business,” said Ranjeet Sudan, vice president, Converged Infrastructure Group, NetApp. “Converged solutions like NFLEX are the answer to many of these challenges; their value is in ease of purchase, deployment, operations, and support. Equally important is the potential that gets unlocked through cloudborne innovation―easily tapped into through the strong data management component of NFLEX.”
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.