NetApp, Fujitsu Launch SME-Focused Virtualization Solution with VMware

NetAppGlobal software giant NetApp, which focuses on cloud and data infrastructure, is aiming its new integrated virtualization solution at small and medium-sized enterprises. Fujitsu, a VMware and NetApp reseller, will handle sales and marketing for the product. The solution would deliver an integrated and affordable virtualized infrastructure solution to help SMEs simplify and accelerate the management of traditional and modern applications.

The new NetApp solution makes use of all-flash NetApp storage systems with NetApp ONTAP connectivity to vSphere, Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, and the most recent version of VMware’s vSphere virtualization software, version 8.

A 2023 IDC European CloudOps study indicates that over 60% of organizations surveyed are spending two-to-three times more in the cloud than they had originally budgeted. Because of this, a lot of businesses would now develop hybrid and multicloud architectures with an application-first, cloud-smart strategy, preserving flexibility and control over their virtual machines (VMs) and data.

“Small and midsize business require reliable technologies that can deliver enterprise-grade capabilities, but often find what’s available both complex and cost prohibitive,” said Jenni Flinders, Senior Vice President, WW Partner Organization at NetApp. “As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our partnership with Fujitsu, we’re bringing a simplified and integrated virtualized infrastructure solution to the SMB market that delivers enterprise-class, hybrid multicloud architecture at an affordable price.”

Cloud-Ready IT Infrastructure

The most recent version of VMware vSphere virtualization software, Fujitsu PRIMERGY Servers, and NetApp All-Flash systems work together to enable IT organizations to set up “an affordable and efficient” cloud-ready platform that is designed to move workloads to preferred public cloud providers with ease and, if needed, return workloads back on-premises while preserving operational consistency.

“At Fujitsu, we are committed to delivering innovative solutions to market that empower our customers, regardless of their size or industry,” said Christian Leutner, Vice President and Head of European Platform Business at Fujitsu. “Our collaboration with NetApp means we can now deliver simplified, cost-effective virtualization solutions to our customers, allowing us to focus on innovation and to gain competitive edge.”

The main advantages of this packaged solution would include the following:

  • VMware vSphere 8 corporate virtualization software, which enhances on-premises installations with cloud-based advantages
  • Fujitsu PRIMERGY Servers running the latest Intel x86 processors, Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager (SIM), and Fujitsu Professional Services
  • NetApp all-flash A150 storage management arrays offering enterprise-class performance at entry-level price
  • API connections with vSphere and NetApp ONTAP data management software to streamline storage provisioning and operations
  • NetApp Software Bundle, which offloads and streamlines data management tasks using NetApp technologies including SnapCenter, SnapMirror, SnapRestore, and FlexClone

“We’ve all seen a strong shift from cloud-first to cloud-smart approaches as IT organizations seek solutions with the fastest ROI for the business,” said Ricky Cooper, Head Partner of WW Partner and Commercial Sales at VMware. “Together with Fujitsu and NetApp, we offer customers a world class and affordable hybrid cloud infrastructure for their customer workloads.”

The Fujitsu, NetApp, and VMware Hybrid Cloud solution is offered and marketed by Fujitsu directly as well as via approved channel partners of Fujitsu, NetApp, and VMware.