Did your spell checker expired Chris? OR you too fell asleep while writing this piece of "exciting" news... ?
More details have emerged about the Fujitsu NetApp NFLEX converged system and about Fujitsu's HCI strategy, which might preclude it selling the NetApp HCI. Fujitsu has agreed it has no deal planned in that direction. NFLEX is a converged infrastructure (CI) system with pre-integrated and tested Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, …
Boring or not boring - that‘s not the question. It is about the fitting scalability model. If your usage scenario requires no synchronous scalability of storage capacity and compute power, then converged IT is the better choice. If both goes hand in hand then HCI makes a lot of sense. Using hyperconverged for the hype‘s sake mabe the reason why it‘s called HYPErconverged. Ha,ha !
Being boringly reliable is also not a bad thing.
Yours truly, Frank from Fujitsu
Fujitsu is huge outside the US. There is more to the world than commodity pizza boxes and Cisco UCS. Its actually a very smart move to partner with a large vendor in Asia and EMEA. NetApp is making some seriously smart moves. This forum is used to bashing them for their period of stagnation. They are coming out the other side. They are coming for your lunch.. and they are going to get it if they keep focused, remain disciplined and continue to solve customer problems...
Netapp does not offer HCI, how much they try to spin it that way. Its complete separation of storage an compute. So together with Fujitsu its nothing more than a glorified Flexpod.
The only serious play is the Nutanix solution on Fujitsu's servers, with the VSAN ready nodes a distant second.
NetApp is getting more desperate by the day.
Fujitsu has confirmed it will be opening access to the same system architecture underpinning the global top supercomputer, "Fugaku" via an emerging cloud service.
The new Fujitsu Computing-as-a-Service (CaaS) portfolio will also provide hooks for users hoping to explore quantum simulation resources and services for AI and machine learning.
First out of the starting gate is Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC, for which the firm is taking advance orders from today, with availability expected in October.
Fujitsu has signed an agreement with Atmonia to deliver HPC and AI technology for the development of catalysts to drive the clean production of ammonia, which is being touted as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Atmonia is an Icelandic startup that is aiming to develop a sustainable process for ammonia production. The agreement with Fujitsu involves a joint research effort to accelerate catalyst development, which will see Fujitsu supply the high performance compute (HPC) technology.
Fujitsu said it will develop high-speed simulation technology to boost the discovery of new catalysts using HPC technology for quantum chemistry simulation, and also work on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for the discovery of new materials and new catalyst candidates for ammonia synthesis.
Fujitsu says it has developed the world's fastest quantum simulator capable of handling 36 qubit quantum circuits. The firm will use this to speed development of quantum applications, and said it is already planning a further simulator capable of handling more qubits.
The unnamed simulator was built using a 64-node cluster of PRIMEHPC FX 700 boxen, which run Fujitsu's own A64FX 64-bit Arm chip – the same processor as used in its Fugaku supercomputer that was itself ranked as the fastest in the world.
Each PRIMEHPC FX700 node has a 48-core A64FX Arm chip and 32GB of high-bandwidth HBM2 memory stacked directly on top of the CPU, and the nodes are interconnected using an InfiniBand EDR / HDR100 fabric.
Updated UK tax authority HMRC has awarded Fujitsu a £250m contract for managed desktop services (MDS), extending a deal that dates back to 2017.
According to a procurement notice published this week, the work awarded is for "a trusted partner to provide all of HMRC's managed desktop, print, and workspace services." It is set to last until 2027 and started this month.
HMRC is in the middle of a £7bn technology procurement exercise, which at the outset promised to "deliver a step-change in how HMRC delivers IT, works with IT suppliers to procure and utilise technology and how we work more broadly as an organisation."
Fujitsu has warned investors its full-year profits will fall 23.6 per cent below previous forecasts because it's extended an offer for older workers to leave in favor of youngsters more likely to deliver the DX, or "digital experience," customers demand.
A Tuesday announcement was uncommonly blunt about the Japanese giant's intentions, stating: "As part of its human resources initiatives to strengthen its status as a DX company, Fujitsu will temporarily expand its 'Self-Produce Support System' to support employees seeking career course redirection outside of the Fujitsu Group."
Only staffers aged 50 or over are eligible for the offer of "career course redirection." Fujitsu says 3,031 people have already applied for the scheme as of February 28. Most are executives or workers who have been rehired after already retiring once.
Fujitsu has confirmed the end of the road for its mainframes and Unix server systems. It will cease to sell both by the end of this decade, with support services continuing for a further five years.
Customers are by then expected to have migrated to the cloud.
The tech giant's plans were revealed in a notice posted to the Japanese IT giant's website on February 14th, which does not appear to have been widely publicised.
Fujitsu has been hailed as the world's leading company by the International Headache Society's World Patient Support Association.
So yeah, it turns out there's actually an International Headache Society. But that's not even the big news.
An announcement on Fujitsu Japan’s web site explains that the company surveyed staff and found 85 per cent were aware of headaches or migraines, but 84 per cent had never had them treated. Internal calculations found the total cost of headaches was $22.5 million a year, or $866 per worker with headaches and $2,250 for migraine sufferers.
Oracle has created an additional version of the Solaris operating system it acquired in 2009, when it bought Sun Microsystems.
The new cut of the OS is called a Common Build Environment (CBE). As explained by Oracle senior software engineer Darren Moffat this week, a CBE is akin to a beta because it includes prerelease builds of a forthcoming Solaris release.
Those releases are called Support Repository Updates (SRUs) and now arrive each month. Any security fixes delivered in Oracle's quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) are delivered in SRUs.
Fujitsu wants to make the world a better place and thinks technology is the way to do it. Fujitsu technology, naturally.
The Japanese multinational laid out its vision – outlining an automated, converged world, with AI to support decision making – for the next decade or so during its ActivateNow: Technology Summit online. Fujitsu also explained how it believes technology will help to address various global challenges, including climate change, biodiversity, inequality, and (in developed countries) an ageing population.
Kicking off the keynote address, CTO Vivek Mahajan said Fujitsu believes it has a responsibility as a tech company to address global issues, and saw technology as key to solving these challenges. "The potential for innovation to make a positive impact is enormous," he said.
Brit MPs have told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) it should factor in the cost of not upgrading a 34-year-old legacy system when reviewing tech investments after it contributed to a £1bn pension shortfall.
The department should consider whether there are "cost-effective ways to upgrade its IT systems and enhance its administrative processes to ensure the quality and timeliness of management information and reduce the risk of repeated errors," a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.
This follows a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) which found that a legacy ICL-era mainframe was one of the causes behind the failure to pay more than £1bn in state pensions.
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