I had a meeting with one of our resellers the other day. After the official part was done, we had a very interesting conversation. The guys told me that they had been quite successful selling the Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX to their end customers. In particular, they referred to PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box, which is aimed at delivering business continuity to smaller deployments at affordable costs, either for small- and mid-size companies, or remote offices of larger enterprises.
For those who are not familiar with PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box: It is a hyper-converged system based on Microsoft Storage Spaces – a feature of the Windows Server Standard Edition. The system comes with two server nodes and is expandable to four server nodes, all in a 2U-chassis. PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box includes flexible configuration options, allowing the adaptation to special customer needs with regard to compute performance and storage capacity. Furthermore, you can choose the operating system edition and the network connections that are most appropriate for you. PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box is a pre-tested solution that is shipped pre-installed and ready-to-run, reducing implementation risk. Just turn it on, run our configuration wizard, and your hyper-converged environment is ready to get to work, ensuring business continuity.
I asked the sales representatives from that reseller why they think they have been so successful with PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box and what the obviously appealing thing with this solution is. They said it is above all the commercial benefit. A single virtual server will cost their end customers less than 10 Euro per month, which is a fifth of what they would normally need to invest if they opted to have it delivered from any major public cloud provider. With this is mind, they were able to offer their customers an attractive alternative to the public cloud: The incredible cost efficiency of PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box helped them to provide virtual servers for their clients competitively against public cloud providers.
Coming back to the initial question “What’s the catch with PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box?” The answer is: There is no catch. There are good reasons to go for it.
For more information, please visit the PRIMEFLEX Cluster-in-a-box website.