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A powerful IT infrastructure built on a sense of responsibility

By Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European IT company with a strategic focus on next-generation Mobility and Business Critical Computing products, services and solutions. With a portfolio of exceptional depth, its offering extends from handhelds through desktops to enterprise-class infrastructure solutions. The company has a strong presence in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Leveraging the strengths, innovative drive and global reach of its joint shareholders, Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG, Fujitsu Siemens Computers meets the needs of large corporations, small and medium enterprises and private users. For further information please visit: www.fujitsu-siemens.com

 

A visionary concept for storage consolidation

Virtual tape libraries manage more with less
Most data center managers are challenged by data volumes that are increasing rapidly. Data management tasks, notably backup and archiving, have become critical issues. The sheer number and variety of servers, system platforms and dedicated tape systems further complicates the situation. In order to keep their management tasks and costs under control, enterprises need ways to consolidate and standardize their procedures. Virtual tape appliances, which are a new concept for intelligent storage, play a key role in these areas.

All in one
The virtual tape appliance concept decouples the host from the real archive system so that it can easily adapt to changes in the system environment. At the same time, relieving the host of ‘backup business’ results in better performance, better administration and optimized use of capacity.

Its open architecture enables platform independent integration, which results in technology independence for server and tape automation systems.

Virtual tape appliances provide an almost unlimited number of virtual tape drives and archives that function in a manner similar to hard disks while supporting generic system interfaces, high availability and scalability. Highly compressed contents in a tape volume cache are then stored compactly on modern magnetic tape cartridges in a real backend archive.

Doing more and faster for less
The archive management system operates the connected real drives at maximum performance, thus also utilizing floor space to the maximum. This results in fewer drives, tape cartridges and archives while providing a powerful storage consolidation solution. Backup speed is increased considerably. Permanently available virtual drives and fully automated processes guarantee continuity of data protection. Bottlenecks caused by tape drives, or difficulties with ever decreasing narrow backup windows, are issues of the past.

Options such as remote mirroring (data duplication at distant locations) and partitioning make efficient security concepts for disaster recovery a reality.

Virtual tape appliances are ideal for consolidating heterogeneous tape environments, providing benefits such as simplified management, reduced investment and improved usage of storage resources.

 

Investment protection
CentricStor from Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a virtual archive system that lives up to all of these expectations because it is a system that can easily adapt to continuously changing IT requirements. This open concept is not restricted to proprietary hardware or operating systems and thus permits optimal use of the latest storage technology. CentricStor can easily be implemented in heterogeneous server landscapes and in magnetic tape libraries from different manufacturers, without having to modify the applications. This ensures long-term investment protection for existing systems.

Enterprises that have already gained their first experiences with virtual archiving are convinced of these benefits. For example, the Federal Motor Transport Authority of Germany has implemented a large nearline consolidation solution in combination with the CentricStor virtual tape appliance. The results are impressive. Drastic reductions in hardware resources were achieved: tape libraries by 60%, tape drives by 80%, cartridges by 90%. Substantially increased backup performance, ease of administration, high reliability and reduced costs made the project a complete success.

Identifying real needs
The decision for nearline consolidation using a virtualization approach should be based on multiple factors including financial, technological, risk level and political considerations. It is essential that enterprises proceed methodically and work with a vendor who has both the products and the expertise to ensure success. Fujitsu Siemens Computers works closely with customers to identify their virtualization and consolidation options, and it has experience in developing and building tailor-made storage solutions. This gives customers the freedom to evaluate different strategies and their return on investment before choosing the solution that fits best.

For more information, please visit: www.fujitsu-siemens.com/centricstor"


The world’s first global failover recovery demonstration

Deliver automated business continuity across global distances

In an effort to address the growing recovery needs of global corporations, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu Siemens Computers demonstrated the global failover and recovery of a live SAP ERP application between two data centers located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Cork, Ireland. Within four minutes and thirty-five seconds after the intentional failure in Hopkinton, the recovery location 3,000 miles away in Cork was running and fully processing SAP transactions.

The first-of-its-kind integrated failover and recovery demonstration of a production application over transatlantic distances showcased a new, integrated global recovery solution and proved that integrated, long-distance recovery solutions are practical, affordable and deployable today. The new long-distance capability allows companies to make more efficient use of existing information and communication infrastructures.

Peter Jilek, Executive Vice President Enterprise Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, says, “Our goal is to enable customers to freely access information and services anywhere and at any time by providing world-leading products, services and solutions. We have now demonstrated that achieving global recovery – whether it’s across the country or across continents – is a reality.”

This global failover and recovery demonstration included clustered PRIMECLUSTER nodes and EMC Symmetrix® DMX storage systems on two continents using SRDF/A for high-performance replication. Replicating an SAP® R/3® ERP application, the demonstration produced a production site failure with seamless and automated (no administrator intervention required) failover from EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers systems in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to systems in Cork, Ireland. The integration among PRIMECLUSTER, SRDF/A and SAP software enabled failover and recovery over nearly 3,000 miles.



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