Fujitsu tosses VMware cloud-in-a-box at biz newbies
Skewered by a SKU
EMEA private cloud wannabees can now enjoy servicing themselves with a single, ready-to-use, all-in-one Fujitsu private cloud product.
The company's Dynamic Infrastructures for VMware vCloud converges 4 to 18 Primergy compute blades, up to 144TB of Eternus storage, Brocade networking and VMware's virtualisation and vCloud Director in a rack with a single SKU (stock keeping unit or orderable item) with one Fujitsu service contract, including a mandatory onsite deployment service.
Users will self-provision pre-configured infrastructure and application services from a catalogue. The system supports from 100 to 450 virtual machines (VMs) and can be installed and deployed in a few hours. Management is through VMware's vCloud Director.
In more detail, the entry-level model IX5673 M1 configuration includes:
- Admin Server: 1x Primergy RX200
- Managed Servers: 1x Primergy BX900 blade chassis with up to 18 BX924 (XEON E5-2600) blades
- Networking: 1x Brocade FastIron WS 648G entry-level Ethernet campus switch
- Storage: 1x Eternus DX90, an entry-level dual-controller disk drive array
- Rack Infrastructure: 1x Primergy Rack 42U
Fujitsu private cloud in a box components
Fujitsu says an enterprise model with higher scalability is planned in a future release.
This system, we might call it an "Fblock", is in the same converged systems area as the EMC/Cisco Vblocks, but not in the same area as the less tightly boxed template-defined Cisco/NetApp FlexPods and EMC VSPEX systems.
The product is available in the EMEA region, with recommended retail pricing of £220,000 for a 4-blade system and £650,000 for an 18-blade top-of-the-line rack. That's £1,444 per VM if that's a metric you can use. ®
When are People Going to Notice
There is a Desktop Private Cloud that easily runs 30+ virtual machines and supports a variety of open source cloud offerings and others, like Nimbula. it is under 10 grand and supports thousands of web users on 4 compute nodes. It was created because the traditional offerings are still too expensive and by the looks of this latest offering from Fujitsu, they are going to stay expensive. How many small businesses really need 100-450 VM's? Get a CriKit - http://www.crikit.info
Re: Too expensive
The FT feature really isn't worth the cost of vSphere. It is a really limited product that has not continued to evolve with the rest of their offerings. For instance, do the VMs you want to protect with FT only have 1 CPU? That is the maximum allowed for FT.
VMWare is just too bloody expensive.
I am all for going green/virtualising to save money and more - but, I just can't see any more how companies save money or resources by doing it.
For very small environments, just using the free ESX is absolutely great and it has saved me much money in the past, but, for a new project at work, I have been evaluating Vsphere as I really want the FT feature.... With the smallest support option, it is still over £3,000 per processor - I just can't justify it when we can buy extra servers for less.