October 16, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 16 -- In the infrastructure domain, IT organizations today face a triple challenge: quickly and accurately respond to business line requests, manage exponential growth of data and flows, optimize the use of resources and investment in a context of limited budgets.
Converged infrastructures increasingly appear as the solution to the puzzle of these conflicting requirements. As a pragmatic answer, Bull today announces the availability of new converged infrastructure solutions, Bull BNEX, based on Bull bullion servers and NetApp storage arrays. These solutions offer great agility for customers who now virtualize their business critical applications.
With a simplified administration, a systematic integration of best practices, which we find at every levels of the infrastructure (servers, storage, network and virtualization), Bull BNEX allows accelerated deployment.
A complete and scalable offer
Available with VMware verified environments, the Bull BNEX converged infrastructures meet several use cases: rapid and optimized creation of a private cloud, desktops virtualization, and application virtualization in SAP environment.
With a modular and highly redundant design, Bull BNEX converged infrastructures use the most advanced components in their domains:
Bull bullion servers, unique x86 16 -socket server, the fastest in the market.
NetApp Storage FAS 3200 series: with proven performance, the FAS3200 series offers all the benefits of NetApp unified storage architecture: a single operating system, software homogeneous management, integrated data protection, and multi storage levels for outstanding efficiency.
Brocade Network VDX range: offers flexibility and the ability to expand the network to meet the changing needs of virtualization. The result is rapidly obtained, a reliable network between servers for high performance connectivity in a virtualized environment. Brocade VCS Fabric TechnologyTM enables companies to build Ethernet fabrics in the data center.
Virtualization with VMware vSphere, vCenter, vCenter Operations: provides the best virtualization platform for creating cloud infrastructures, with capacity and computing performance monitoring.
A full set of dedicated added value services
On top of Bull BNEX own assets, Bull has built up for this announcement a dedicated set of consulting, implementation, monitoring and support services to accompany its customers from the start to the end of their projects, from the design to the run phases.
These services will provide a true added value expertise to ensure a design that fits all needs, taking into account the customer environment progression, by securing the converged infrastructure implementation, with the right level of SLAs. For Bull BNEX infrastructures, Bull will also propose remote replication options (PRA/PCA) aligned with the most highly mission-critical environments.
Providing customer-oriented expertise
Bull has developed over the years a unique set of expertise in the storage area, in particular through a dedicated international NetApp Competence Center located in Grenoble (France). Being daily exposed with customers, this team of highly skilled experts will be fully involved with this announcement and will offer a full portfolio of activities - Proof of Concept, technical seminars, demos... - to accompany customers in their architecture choices.
Based on a strong Bull & NetApp partnership
Since 2005, Bull & NetApp have been working together for the benefit of their customers. As a NetApp STAR partner, Bull integrates the NetApp technology in its storage infrastructures.
"The value of the Bull - NetApp partnership is highly appreciated by our customers, and demonstrated by the high growth rate of the revenue done together", underlined Olivier Gaumont, Director, Bull Enterprise Servers and Storage Business Unit. "With Bull BNEX, Bull & NetApp have decided to give a new dimension to their partnership by providing more value to their customers across Europe when it comes to transform their IT infrastructures."
"NetApp and Bull experts are bringing to market and to our customers a unique value proposition with the converged infrastructures segment with Bull BNEX," added Thomas Ehrlich, VP Partners & Pathways, NetApp EMEA. "We look forward to continuing this partnership for the benefit of our customers."
Bull is a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems. The Group is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions where computing power and security serve to optimize its customers' information systems, to support their business.
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