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A foundation for Industry 4.0?

A foundation for Industry 4.0?

When considering modern technology, you might not think about topics such as IoT, SmartFactory, Industry 4.0, etc. One thing these all have in common is that they somehow make peoples’ lives easier. Things get automated, and machinery starts to intercommunicate autonomously as the physical and virtual worlds begin to grow closer. To some extent this offers businesses huge opportunities for further growth. People also talk about the next industrial revolution when it comes to the effect on business processes, while entire business models can sometimes be considered a disruption.

On closer inspection, you will realize that core processes, especially in manufacturing companies, can be affected in terms of R&D, production, (production) logistics, and service. Wherever you look you will find super-smartly coded software, probably a lot of sensors, RFID chips, GPS trackers, and lots more. These work to deliver the data – which in turn is mostly influential in deriving process optimization strategies for the different areas that ultimately fulfil customer demands.

I would be loath to argue the opposite – that this is just a very narrow snapshot of the revolution that is happening right now. However, what becomes clear when you think about it is the fact that all the relevant data needs to be processed, routed, and stored. This ultimately points to one simple fact: the underlying infrastructure needs to facilitate all of these developments: powerful server systems to compute, fast network landscapes to route and enormous storage capacity to accommodate all the data needed as the flexible foundation for change in manufacturing, for example.

Alongside many other upcoming technologies – such as the latest all-flash arrays like the ETERNUS AF series, dedicated integrated systems – Fujitsu has just launched another innovation in the computing sector that supports the demands of this growing segment: the FUJITSU PRIMERGY RX2540 M4 Server. No two passions are alike, which is why tailor-made solutions have become the standard for PRIMERGYs. This system is not just versatile enough to be configured as required for different levels to start the individual journey to becoming a SmartFactory. It also has the extensive power to really set the pace.

  • Consider R&D. A lot is developed computer-aided nowadays. This is no problem for the RX2540 M4: powerful co-processors and GPUs provide ideal service (and for high-performance you can choose the new CX400 M4 ecosystem).
  • When you think about production facilities, you can for example see that robotic machinery can either be controlled by an RX2540 M4 or that relevant data may be stored on one to ensure the smooth, automatic availability of production-relevant data sets – fast network connectors are available, as is great internal storage capacity.
  • But an RX2540 M4 can be the system to rely on for logistics, too. If you think about the logistics train within supply chain management, order fulfilment and tracking can be handled via powerful ERP systems running on this type of server.
  • Also, since service across the entire business spectrum has become as essential as the products produced, a private cloud based on open source can be deployed to perfect results.

No matter what your path to digitalization is, the new PRIMERGY RX2540 M4 is the perfect yet flexible foundation. If you still think you’re “too small” for such a big server, just imagine what it would be like to consolidate all workloads like web, e-mail, communication and file services on a single system.

Have you missed some of the blog series about Xeon Scalable Family? If so please read the full series here: http://blog.global.fujitsu.com/index.php/tag/xeon-scalable-family/

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