Fujitsu Cluster in a Box
By   |  July 12, 2015

With its hyper-converged Cluster-in-a-box system, Fujitsu provides a pre-installed Windows Server 2012 R2 environment preconfigured as a high availability cluster.

Computer room designers and CIOs know it well: defining and deploying a converged infrastructure is complex, risky and often difficult to estimate in timeframe. To which must be added another prerequisite: in fact, this kind of project requires a thorough knowledge of all hardware and software components and their interdependencies. Suffice to say that this is not an exempt transaction risk any inconsistency.

To meet these needs, Fujitsu has developed a Cluster-In-A-Box offer that is simply a converged preconfigured and preinstalled infrastructure in a single chassis, built around two Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V servers configured as a high availability cluster. It installs in minutes and allows you to host your VMs in Hyper-V in optimal conditions. The solution is built on two Primergy CX272 servers, has a shared storage space consisting of 12 hot plug SAS drives and hosts the appropriate network components. Everything here is redundant. The end result is a 100% Microsoft solution that saves you from needing to set up a Windows cluster and take any risk in the implementation. The Fujitsu way is far easier : connect it, it works and it is optimized.

With this offer with all components are tested and certified compatible and operational immediately. Fujitsu eliminates all potential points of failure in the development of such an enterprise infrastructure, while saving considerable time in deployment. Within minutes following the installation wizard and configuration to apply the chosen configuration, it is connected to your existing infrastructure. This ease of deployment is even more valuable in the case of subsidiaries or agencies connected to a central site. Once the login fields and authentication are completed and the machine integrated to the existing Active Directory, the server is ready to be operated locally and administered remotely. Note that in addition to the basic configuration, Fujitsu has specialized consulting teams available to any company with specific needs for database integration to extend this integration even further.

Each Primergy CX272 blade server in this cluster has two Intel Xeon E5-2609 processors and 16GB of onboard memory (expandable to 256 GB), two PCI Express 3.0 slots free for 10GbE or InfiniBand connectivity option and a two-disk boot SATA or SSD. The assembly is redundant with a failover clustering mechanism through shared storage volumes. The redundant power is 2×1200 Watts.

In conclusion, the Cluster-in-a-box Fujitsu has convinced us, and is adapted to the current requirements for companies with experience in the administration of Microsoft Windows Server. Designed for large SMEs and their branches, the Primeflex Cluster-in-a-box offers an affordable continuous availability offering to protect critical data and enterprise services.

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