VMware is pleased to announce the first entrant in the newly created Global Partner Appliance category, the Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN Appliance. VMware vSAN has the industry’s largest HCI ecosystem, and recently introduced a new category, the Global Partner Appliance, to recognize partners that have added value on top of their ReadyNodes, or jointly-certified servers. The Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN Appliance is built on Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and includes Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager (ISM), intelligent and innovative system management software that integrates with VMware HCI, as well as single source support for both hardware and software.
What is a Global Partner Appliance?
Global Partner Appliances (GPAs) offer customers two core benefits beyond ReadyNodes: simplified lifecycle management and unified support. Each hardware OEM in the category has created their unique lifecycle management tools that either integrate with VMware HCI or augment VMware HCI tools to offer simplified installation, deployment and maintenance of the HCI solution. Global Partner Appliances:
- Come Pre-installed with VMware HCI: VMware vSphere, vSAN and vCenter Server
- Include hardware vendor-built tools for lifecycle management, which can include day zero to day two operations, reducing time for routine activities. Many appliances offer fully validated updates to ensure compatibility for the hardware and software stack.
- Include single source support for both hardware and software, with a minimum of Levels 1 and 2 support.
- May include additional capabilities. Some vendors may choose to include features beyond lifecycle management and unified support, such as deployment services and proactive support.
What is the Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN Appliance?
As a fully integrated, pre-configured and tested VMware HCI Global Partner Appliance, PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN delivers a turnkey experience providing IT organizations with an easy way to deploy hyperconverged infrastructure based on VMware vSAN. In combination with tightly integrated VMware and Fujitsu management software and a single point of contact for support, PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN dramatically simplifies the complete life cycle of a VMware-based hyperconverged IT infrastructure – from deployment, to operation, to scalability and maintenance.
PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN supports any HCI use case, including general-purpose virtualization, VDI, big data and analytics, remote and branch office, edge and even mission-critical workloads like SAP HANA.
PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN leverages tightly integrated VMware and Fujitsu life cycle management software covering the complete software and hardware stack. Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager (ISM) provides intelligent and innovative system management providing all the functions for fail-safe, flexible and automated 24x7 server operations. HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) compliant firmware management makes sure your vSAN cluster includes only supported server configurations at all times – from day 1 to end of life. This mitigates the risk for IT admins of running into support issues and the risk of adding inconsistent system configurations when scaling the infrastructure. Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager (ISM) provides automated set-up and rollout of multiple identical installations significantly reducing the time required to get your hyperconverged infrastructure up and running.