Fujitsu, NetApp partner for hyperconverged systems

Smaller players in the IT hardware space can often be overlooked because dominant players cast such a long shadow. So as someone who roots for the underdog, I do enjoy shining a little light on an overlooked bit of news.

Fujitsu is not the first name in data center hardware here in the U.S. Its primary place of business is its native Japan. For example, it built the RIKEN supercomputer, one of the 10 fastest in the world. But it has some good hardware offerings, such as its Primergy and Primequest server line. Well, now the company has partnered with NetApp to offer them converged and hyperconverged systems.

Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure (CI/HCI) is a fancy way of saying tightly integrated systems that combine compute, networking and storage into pre-tested and pre-configured stacks for a single turnkey solution rather than buying and assembling one.

Pretty much every vendor has them: Dell EMC has VxRail, XC Series and VxRack Flex; HPE has CloudSystem and SimpliVity; Lenovo has Converged HX; Cisco Systems has the FlexPod, VxBlock and HyperFlex HX offerings; and Oracle has its Exadata/Exalogic engineered systems.

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