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Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX VMware VSAN – Hypervisor Converged Storage Architecture

Your fast track to leverage VMware Virtual SAN

VMware vSAN is hypervisor-converged storage and clusters server disks and flash to create radically simple, high performance, resilient shared storage designed for virtual machines. The needed storage resources are provided by the local disks of the servers. So it is obvious that the component selection and sizing of these servers, because they take care of both, the compute and storage capabilities, is anything else than simple. This is underlined by VSAN’s own certification-area in VMware’s Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) where many separately certified components are specified. Fujitsu, as VMware Virtual SAN partner of the first minute, exploit its experience to generate reference architectures that help customers and partners to achieve the best fitting VSAN servers for their individual needs: PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN.

Fujitsu VMware VSAN

These reference architectures are based on Fujitsu x86 servers which hold in February 2015 ten of fifteen number one positions in VMware’s VMmark benchmark. That this is not just a snapshot is shown in the history of that benchmark where Fujitsu x86 servers hold most of all no.1 positions. Additionally, by using Fujitsu configuration tools like SystemArchitect, the complete configuration of an entire VSAN environment can be quickly set up (rack, switch cabling, etc.) and adapted down to the level of each component to meet individual customer needs. In close coordination with VMware PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN (partly known as Ready Nodes) are available in different sizes for server and desktop virtualization and will be continuously enhanced.

VMware Virtual SAN simplifies storage provisioning and management all the while reducing the total cost of ownership; this allows for a fundamentally more agile operational model. Additionally, VMware VSAN provides the reliability and robustness that an enterprise storage system would offer and is very effective when it comes to protecting against data loss when hardware failures occur. It is also designed for several use cases in virtual environments including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), test/development, and disaster recovery.



Additional features include:

  • Hypervisor-converged architecture: Embedded within the VMware vSphere kernel, VMware Virtual SAN delivers the most efficient data path for superior performance while minimizing resource utilization resulting in the consumption of less than 10 percent of CPU resources.
  • High performance with elastic and linear scalability: VMware Virtual SAN uses flash to deliver performance acceleration through read/write caching. The software provides a granular and elastic approach to provision performance and capacity enabling customers to linearly scale their clusters on demand by adding nodes to a cluster or disks to individual nodes
  • Storage Policy Based Management: With storage policy based management, VMware Virtual SAN shifts the management model for storage from the device to the application. A single VMware Virtual SAN datastore can provide differentiated service levels based on individual VM policies. For administrators, there are no complex configurations through LUNs or volumes, they avoid overprovisioning, and can change policies easily. With automated provisioning and management, administrators improve the ability to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Integration with the VMware stack: VMware Virtual SAN is easy to configure and deploy requiring two clicks using VMware vSphere Web Client. Its integration with VMware vSphere enables customers to use data services such as backup, cloning, replication and snapshots as well as features such as Distributed Resource Scheduler, High Availability, vMotion and Storage vMotion.  Additionally, VMware Virtual SAN is interoperable with VMware Horizon View 5.3.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite.

VMware Virtual SAN provides a substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership by reducing Capital Expenditures and Operating Expenditures. Additionally, the software takes advantage of server side hardware economics by pooling internal magnetic disks and flash devices from industry-standard x86 servers. By starting small and adding disks or nodes to their VMware Virtual SAN cluster as capacity or performance needs arise, customers avoid large upfront costs. VMware Virtual SAN also aids customers to achieve Opex savings using automation, which eliminates manual processes as well as easing traditionally complex change management, storage configuration, and capacity planning tasks.

PRIMEFLEX for VMware VSAN – Your benefits:

  • Easy setup of an entire Virtual SAN environment
  • Fast and easy design, at minimum risk
  • Built on reliable, efficient and agile FUJITSU x86 servers
  • Expansive scaling and sizing

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