Reshaping IT: how to deliver flexible capacities to data centers
Aligning IT to actual business needs is a CIO’s top priority; however a fragile economic environment that can turn from promising growth to a sudden downturn makes IT planning riskier than ever.
As IT infrastructure and its operation is consuming an increasing percentage of IT resources and budget, new ways of deployment are necessary. These new ways promise a fast adaptation to volatile business situation and can shift resources from IT infrastructure maintenance to business application and process innovation. However, all this requires a breathing IT infrastructure in order to minimize the risk of costly over-provisioning on the one hand and avoid bottlenecks on the other.
Massive deployment of virtualization and automation, based on industry standard components, as well as the introduction of Cloud Computing basics are the key elements of next generation IT architecture to ensure maximum flexibility.
But what are the right delivery models for the new architecture? Is cloud the only way forward, or are there benefits for CIOs in continuing to build, operate and manage their own IT? Or even a mix of both? More than ever it is time to look at best practice and discuss the pros and cons before making any long-term commitments.
Fujitsu sees two levers that must be considered if IT is to become more flexible:
The flexible IT architecture lever, i.e. all about reshaping the IT infrastructure in a more dynamic way
The flexible IT sourcing lever.
Both levers deliver flexibility to a customer’s IT and it might even be an option to pull both to achieve the best results. But there is no generic answer to what fits best.
There are several ways to provide IT internally, or acquire it externally or a combination of the two.
Evolving from Virtualized Data Center to Private Cloud
The capabilities of virtualization, particularly its great benefits with regard to flexibility, uniform SLAs, automation options and scalability, can be used to deliver the foundation for cloud computing.
Starting from multi-decade know-how about virtualization technology and its benefits, Fujitsu has successfully completed thousands of virtualization projects. Capitalizing on our experience as one of the world’s leading cloud service providers we have aligned our product offering, such as our PRIMERGY servers or ETERNUS storage systems, to current market needs in terms of cloud support.
In addition to our successful track record stories, it is worth highlighting Fujitsu’s close cooperation with other leading technology providers, such as Microsoft, VMware or Citrix, in developing private cloud reference architectures which are published, for example, under the Intel Cloud Builder Program or within the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
A set of innovative solutions, enabled by the new Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system, complement the choice for an optimal portfolio that meets specific customer requirements.
For companies looking for a very fast time-to-market and risk-free projects Fujitsu has the right answer in terms of private cloud solutions. FlexFrame for SAP, Cluster-in-a-box, Fujitsu Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track or Dynamic Infrastructures for VMware vCloud are complete ready-to-run and worry-free solutions which can be tailored to specific infrastructure requirements.
Thanks to our comprehensive portfolio, in terms of products, solutions and services, Fujitsu can be the ideal trusted advisor, helping customers to evolve from the current data center development stage to a new level which best fits their strategy.
Under the motto “The Flexible Data Safe" Fujitsu provides ETERNUS DX block-based disk systems and ETERNUS CS data protection appliances, which allow customers to flexibly manage their increasing data volumes at less costs of growth, deploying a very reliable architecture, extremely simple to operate. Their flexibility is the key, not only to reshape your datacenter now, but to furthermore adapt to future requirements and keep your business reliably up and running with these cost-efficient IT solutions.
While alternative vendors offer different storage architectures for each market segments (entry-level, midrange and high-end), ETERNUS DX disk storage systems offer uniform system management tools. Customers and partners benefit from this architectural principle through less costs of growth, reduced operational effort and enhanced flexibility. Whereas ETERNUS DX focuses on customers requiring block-level storage, Fujitsu has a strong partnership with NetApp to offer leading technology for file-based and unified disk systems.
The second pillar of Fujitsu’s flexible Data Safe strategy is about radically simplifying IT infrastructures for data protection including backup and archiving. Simplification is achieved through the appliance approach of the ETERNUS CS family and its integration with major backup and archive applications, accelerating deployment time and reducing maintenance and operational effort. These solutions can be easily integrated in your existing environment reshaping your data protection policies, providing huge consolidation capabilities and unmatched flexibility for changing requirements.
Fujitsu’s own technologies and comprehensive service offerings are complemented with products or solutions from leading technology partners, such as Symantec, to enable customers to build and operate Dynamic Infrastructures for data management and data protection. Fujitsu and Symantec collaborate closely in the development, marketing and selling of best-in-class IT infrastructure solutions, helping customers to streamline data center management and to fully utilize their existing IT investments.
Fujitsu-Symantec best of breed alliance provides customers with a single point of contact for the joint solutions as well for a tightly integrated support and maintenance.
Your data center well reshaped – efficient data center design
The efficient design of data centers is more than ever a challenge to fulfill the demand for the required capacity and expansion of computing power in many companies. More data has to be stored, and at the same time the applications used are increasingly complex, while business requires flexible support. In order to avoid IT operations collapsing and to continue with high-level services it is essential to rethink the robustness as well as the need for innovative data centers from the facilities viewpoint.
Fujitsu helps customers to optimize the availability and security of data centers by assessing energy consumption, cooling capacities and the conditions involved in redesigning data centers. The aim is to achieve optimized space and to implement a very efficient power and cooling concept for sustainable and long-term perspective data center operations. The individual customer prerequisites and demands are assessed and integrted in the design of a new efficient data center. The implementation of scalable, modular and high-secure server racks and facility energy certification completes the reshaping of data centers.
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Optimize your data center operations
Data Center Managed Services from Fujitsu offer comprehensive expertise when operating data center infrastructures, either on-site or in Fujitsu’s secure data centers. They ensure that the customer's data center infrastructure is effectively managed and delivers the highest levels of system availability, data security and performance as demanded by their business as well as improve the service levels for users. Fujitsu Data Center Services decreases upfront IT investments and lowers the costs of operations.
This is achieved by leveraging best-of-breed enterprise management tools and processes based on ITIL standards, whilst right-shoring resources – drawing on the most appropriate blend of on-shore, near-shore and off-shore delivery. Subject to agreement, on-site effort is kept at a minimum and our 7x24 services are delivered remotely according to predefined SLAs. Data Center Services can also include the provision of IT infrastructures.
Customers now have more freedom to conecntrate on their main tasks as the further development of their IT environment is delegated to Fujitsu. For many years now enterprises and organizations around the world have benefitted from the services offered by Fujitsu, one of the world’s three largest IT service providers. Fujitsu is a global provider with 13 strategic mega data centers across the world and 40 national centers near the the world’s major cities. We manage over 250,000 servers - 50,000 of which are virtual servers - and over 200 PBytes of storage for our customers.