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Fujitsu Spain Selects Red Hat to Virtualize its Customers' Communications Infrastructure
July 11, 2012
Fujitsu developed a turnkey project for the Consejería of Economy, Innovation, and Science for the Government of Andalucía. A platform was created to manage its whole communications network. This resulted in significant cost, space, and energy savings.
"Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a cost-effective and flexible solution.” - José Patón Lozano, IT architecture consultant, Integration Department, Fujitsu Spain
Fujitsu developed a turnkey project for the Consejería of Economy, Innovation, and Science for the Government of Andalucía. A platform was created to manage its whole communications network.
Thanks to Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization ®, Fujitsu was able to simplify the customer’s infrastructure, from 64 physical servers down to four while ensuring long-term sustainability of the solution implemented. This resulted in significant cost, space, and energy savings.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu employees support customers in more than 100 countries. Fujitsu uses its experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with its customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.
A turnkey project
Fujitsu Spain was faced with the challenge of replacing the Goverment of Andalucia’s infrastructure with a more cost-efficient solution. At the same time, Fujitsu aimed to improve the service coverage of the government’s entire communications network and bring its systems in line with the new market trends, as well as the customer’s modernisation plans.
Fujitsu proposed a complete infrastructure solution to manage the Government of Andalucía communications network. The communications platform previously installed needed a separate administration console for each of the software or hardware products within its infrastructure. This resulted in an installation of 40 consoles in physical servers—a setup duplicated at two different sites. These servers were based on two enterprise platforms, with most running Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the remaining running Microsoft Windows.
This project presented a classic infrastructure model well-suited for virtualization. Although not involving a heavy workload, each console has to be housed on an individual server. Because of the critical nature of this infrastructure, it had to be replicated at two datacenters, resulting in 80 physical servers. This proved to be extremely complex and costly.
Once Fujitsu made the strategic decision to transition its customer to a virtualized infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization was identified as a top contender based on its high performance, flexibility, and scalability in the market. As a long-time Red Hat partner, Fujitsu placed its trust in Red Hat solutions for virtualizing its customer’s corporate network services.
“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a cost-effective and flexible solution,” said José Patón Lozano, IT architecture consultant, Integration Department, Fujitsu Spain. “The solution stands out for its rapid adaptation to business needs, thanks to its cloning capabilities and the ability to generate new virtual servers in minutes.”
Virtualize to simplify
Through server consolidation with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Fujitsu was able to dramatically simplify the customer’s infrastructure by replacing the 80 physical servers with only four servers. This resulted in a 20x reduction and significant savings in space and power consumption. Another key virtualization benefit is that applications come online faster because less time is required to provision and deploy new servers in the virtualized environment due to the cloning capability in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager.
The final virtualized infrastructure consists of four Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor host servers organized into two replicated platforms, with each platform consisting of two Fujitsu Primergy RX600S6 servers. Each physical hypervisor host server houses approximately 20 virtual servers that are running a mix of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows workloads. With this replicated design, Fujitsu was able to greatly improve availability as the infrastructure can continue to operate and effectively support all workloads, even in the unlikely failure event of three of the four physical hypervisor host servers.
Under the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager console, the management of the entire deployment was simplified to a single centralized point. This single ’pane of glass’ enables Fujitsu to effectively monitor and control all key applications such as checkpoint consoles, fortinet firewall software, communications management, and the customer’s entire communications network.
Although the workload demands of the infrastructure are relatively low, it is a critical platform for the customer since the systems and applications manage the entire public sector network infrastructure. Any application downtime could jeopardize the entire communications network, which makes 24x7 availability an absolute must-have infrastructure requirement.
A commitment to the future of open source virtualization
According to the public sector customer, the combination of technologies from Fujitsu and Red Hat has resulted in a greater network response capability, as well as increased efficiency, efficacy, quality, and scalability.
For Fujitsu engineers, this was the first virtualization project using the kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor technology integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Another one of Fujitsu’s project objectives was to evaluate the stability, reliability, and efficiency of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization through first-hand experience. Based on this experience, Fujitsu will be increasing its work with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and adjusting its solutions and consulting practice in order to replicate installations of this type in future projects.
“Consejería of Economy, Innovation, and Science for the Government of Andalucía was fully satisfied with the solutions implemented by Fujitsu and Red Hat during the process. For Fujitsu, this first experience with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has been entirely satisfactory, both by the qualities of the product, and for the good response received from Red Hat during the implementation and launch of the infrastructure. We hope to collaborate again on other projects in the future”, said Jose Paton Lozano, IT architecture consultant in the Department of Integration of Fujitsu.