Revolution causes disruption in information technology

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Most people we know are busy with all the usual stuff of daily life – unaware there is a huge revolution going on.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is right now.

The increasing fusion of the physical and digital worlds at the heart of this revolution can be seen in connected cars, smart homes, increasing types of intelligent devices, growing numbers of sensors, and so on.

This revolution is not a change, it’s a disruption.

In the midst of this disruption, data centres, although still collecting and processing more data than ever, are becoming defined not by hardware, but by software. But they must still have the right hardware. When it comes to computing power, the agile aggregation of performance is vital.

In agile aggregation, development is not linear, with one end result, but happens by advances, stage by stage, all the time. Managers and leaders also need accurate and quick information, and agile business intelligence gives them what they need.

The upshot? Today’s data centres work best with all-modular, virtualised industry-standard servers. Just as well, as new models of data storage are critical to riding out any disruption.

As all-flash arrays become the default option in IT storage, Fujitsu are launching a new era with our flash-first model, with SolidFire and Netapp.

This all-flash array is a solid state storage disk system, meaning it has multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning disk drives. It has no moving parts and can transfer data much faster than traditional electro-mechanical disk drives.

Software-defined systems meet the almost unimaginable demands of hyper-scale storage.

High density will be a feature of servers in hyper-scale setups, saving money and cutting costs. SolidFire is all-modular, so it can meet the needs of small business, yet has hyper-scale functionality, so it can deal with huge demands.

SolidFire also:

  • reduces power consumption
  • increases the dissipation of heat, and
  • offers extreme flexibility and dynamism in network connectivity.

SolidFire’s scale-out architecture, Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities and hardware compatibility-guarantee give our customers what they need. These include:

Scale out: From tens of terabytes to multiple petabytes. Non-disruptive, no downtime scaling.

Complete automation: Comprehensive application programme interfaces and cloud-based monitoring. Instant provisioning. Automatic data distribution and load balancing.

Guaranteed Quality of Service: Independent control of storage performance and capacity. Real-time performance management. Fine-grain QoS settings (faster transactions).

Data assurance: 256-bit encryption at rest. Self-healing drive and node rebuilds. Rapid, space-efficient snapshots and clones. Real-time replication.

Global efficiencies: Inline and post-process compression. Always-on de-duplication (eliminating unnecessary information). No performance impact. Global thin provisioning (total user capacity allocated only as virtual storage; actual physical disk capacity allocated as and when needed).

To learn more about using SolidFire and being ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution disruption, check out this white paper.

Acceleration of IT breakthroughs surprises businesses

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It could be argued that the Third Industrial Revolution is over and we are embarking on the fourth. This is supported by the velocity, scope and impact of current IT breakthroughs.

Global CEOs and senior business executives say that the acceleration of innovation and the speed of disruption are hard to understand or anticipate and are a source of constant surprise (responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution).

Recently the World Economic Forum identified six software and services megatrends:

  • Technologies that are worn or implanted, allowing people to interact with objects and each other in new ways.
  • Rapid decline in the size and cost of computing and connectivity, and availability everywhere of storage.
  • Smaller, cheaper and smarter sensors virtually everywhere.
  • Rapid advances in the ability of software to learn and evolve, built on the rise of Big Data for decision-making, and the influence of artificial intelligence and robotics on decision-making and jobs.
  • The internet driving a shift towards networks and platform-based social and economic models. The blockchain, for example, allows competitors to share a tamper-proof digital ledger without a need for a central authority.
  • Physical objects being “printed” from raw materials (six megatrends).

You can see that the common element of the megatrends is digitalisation and that fast and efficient data centres will play an important role in enabling these emerging technologies. I would like to assure you that Fujitsu is ready.  For example, our new digital business platform, MetaArc, incorporates the latest technology for The Cloud, mobile, Big Data and the Internet of Things to integrate and orchestrate the delivery of diverse IT workloads (Fujitsu MetaArc).

We can deliver a ‘next generation’ data centre leveraging among other things, the Solidfire flash-only storage solution. This offers ground-breaking architecture, blazing speed, unprecedented automation and can be expanded live without affecting clients.

Access to technology is going to spread like wildfire as costs keep falling. Already billions of people and things are connected by mobile devices all generating data and in addition, radical innovation is taking place and more rapidly.

Business models in all industries will be shaken up. Existing IT systems will struggle to cope, unless enterprises upgrade in time. For example, an estimated 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the past two years, and the amount of information created by businesses is doubling every 1.2 years (technology and deep shift tipping points).

A comparison between traditional legacy IT infrastructure and NGDC shows the superiority of Solidfire: Single tenant v. multi-tenant; isolated workloads v. mixed workloads; dedicated infrastructure v. shared infrastructure; scale-up v. scale-out (performance maintained); pre-arranged extra capacity v. capacity on demand; hardware-defined v. software defined; project-based v. self-service; and manual administration v. automation.

Working with NetApp we have created an interesting Infographic that sets the scene for the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a view to how you can prepare your data centre for the future with Solidfire.  Download the infographic to find out more.

Healthy Cloud Strategy, Healthy Business! Measure your wellbeing on the cloud maturity index today.

CloudSelf-assessment allows organisations to measure the health of their cloud strategy against best practice and similar entities.

When it comes to digital transformation, cloud computing is the first step on the journey, and organisations are faced with a multitude of options and directions to take. With support from Microsoft, Fujitsu has developed a self-assessment tool to help organisations to measure the ‘health and maturity’ of their cloud strategy when compared to established best practice and a benchmark of similar entities.

Participants in the Cloud Maturity Index can take a short self-assessment that is based on the Open Data Centre Alliance’s Cloud Maturity Model. At the completion of the survey they will get a reading on where they sit in terms of their overall ‘Cloud Maturity Index’.

The output from the self-assessment can be valuable for use in future planning and development of ICT strategy.

The first 90 respondents will also receive a customised report that analyses their current cloud state and provides recommendations to support the development of a balanced cloud strategy and roadmap. The report will be compiled by the independent research firm Capitalis.

This self-assessment is accessible by clicking here and will only take approximately 7 minutes to complete.

For more information about the Open Data Centre Alliance’s Cloud Maturity Model see:


Fujitsu is set to showcase latest global innovations at ITS World Congress 2016.

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Fujitsu is exhibiting at this year’s ITS World Congress, which is being held in Melbourne’s convention and exhibition centre from Monday 10th – Friday 14th October 2016. The overall theme of this year’s congress is ‘ITS – Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities’ with an expected number of visitors estimated at 7,000. Fujitsu will be located at booth number 709, which will be situated within the Japan Pavilion.

Specifically Fujitsu will be focusing the offerings exhibited around the theme of ‘Human Centric Innovation – Driving Liveable Society’. Over the duration of the 5 days, there will be a number of exhibitions, vision introductions and physical demonstrations provided by Fujitsu. The three key areas of exhibition include; Drive Recorder ‘G500’ Series, which is based around collecting vehicle information. SPATIOWL which focuses on location based services for public and private transport and Mobility IoT Platform, which is the service platform to provide mobility related services.

There will also be a host of ground breaking demonstrations of this latest technology, with some of the most exciting being a driver drowsiness detector, safer driver and driver monitoring and real time dynamic map updates, to name a few.

Fujitsu would like to encourage anyone attending the event over the coming days to visit the exhibition within the Japan Pavilion and speak to a friendly industry expert who will be on hand to assist with any questions you may have or further information that may be required.


The Fourth Industrial Revolution will test your IT systems

blogEarlier this year, the Pokémon Go smartphone game quickly captured worldwide attention. But the most compelling point about the game is that it blurred boundaries between the real and the virtual, as millions of people everywhere tried to track down virtual-world characters.

This is a sign of how the world is not just rapidly changing, but being reshaped. And the reshaping has a name: The Fourth Industrial Revolution.  The first three industrial revolutions were founded, respectively, on mechanical power, electricity, and electronics and information technology.

The fourth is characterised by a merging of technologies that blurs the boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds.  Billions of people are being connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented access to knowledge, processing power and storage.

In any major revolution, change is a universal constant. The sheer rate of change, or disruption, we are experiencing now is creating a world that is being reshaped faster than individuals and institutions can respond. This is why enterprises will have to be more focused than ever to keep up with developments in hardware and software, or very quickly fall behind.

Fujitsu is ready for this increased rate of change and we have a number of technologies in place to handle it.  One such technology is a platform called Solidfire, which we believe is the definitive all-flash storage system for the next-generation data centre.  Its massive scalability and inherent deep automation capabilities means this technology can predictably run thousands of mixed workload applications from a single shared system.

In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, change is driven by the Cloud, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Businesses will operate according to four design principles:

Inter-operability: Machines, devices, sensors and people will communicate with each other via the Internet of Things, or the Internet of People, and by 2020, the number of internet-connected things will exceed 50 billion.

Information transparency: Information systems will use data from sensors to create virtual copies of selected parts of the physical world.

Technical assistance: Assistance systems will collect and visualise vast quantities of information for human decision-making and problem-solving, and cyber-physical systems will carry out tasks that we find unpleasant, exhausting, or unsafe.

Decentralised decision-making: Cyber-physical systems will make decisions and perform many tasks on their own (Fourth Industrial Revolution).

The traditional data centre wasn’t built for the Fourth Industrial Revolution so we will need a leap in orders of magnitude in IT and computing, like the SolidFire all-flash array, to give us the next-generation data centre and Fast IT. This solution:

  • can increase capacity and performance on demand, without downtime
  • delivers guaranteed performance to multiple different workloads
  • is programmable and automated
  • can continue even if something fails, without application re-configuration
  • enables better utilisation of server platforms, networks, storage protocols and people.

If pictures are your thing – download this Infographic on how to harness the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Solidfire. 

How to speed your business up and stay ahead

NetAppfinalblogWe’ve all heard the stories of a severe IT problem bringing disorder to a business’ operations. From banks being unable to process payments, to airlines grounding flights worldwide, these business headaches, which damage a company’s bottom line and reputation, share the same culprit – inefficient legacy applications.

But the solution isn’t as easy as bringing in a replacement. Those outdated core applications have remained in use due to the risks and costs of replacing them being far too high. Then there’s the time investment required, which can range from system testing to large-scale retraining programmes for users and staff.

To cut out the risk of any type of meltdown, the focus must be shifted to achieving better performance though enhancing existing infrastructure.

Accelerating business performance

One of the largest providers of real estate property information in Australia and New Zealand continuously collects and manages data and imagery, including maps and high-resolution images, from more than 130 feeds. Every day, the company takes in large volumes of data to feed a database of more than 500 million property decision points.

This immense amount of data was affecting the delivery of time-sensitive information and consequently, the customer experience. They realised that by speeding up their existing business critical applications they could cut down delivery times considerably.

Now, both database transfer times and report processing times have dropped approximately 70%. Reports that once took 12 hours to run now take only 3.5 hours.

Providing better insights, faster than its competition is at the forefront of this company’s growth strategy and they are on track to achieve this by enhancing their once-inefficient legacy applications.

The solution

Accelerating the performance of your business-critical applications, in a straightforward and cost-effective way, requires an approach centred on providing better overall IT infrastructure performance. This is where flash storage has come into its own and changed the game for businesses, providing response times up to 20-times faster than traditional hard disk storage.

With NetApp’s All Flash FAS the ability to breathe new life into your legacy applications at a fraction of the cost comes from the clever Data ONTAP operating system with FlashEssentials.

By optimising the reading path, incredibly low latency is achieved. That, combined with a highly-parallelised processing architecture, also produces greater throughput, acting like a turbocharger to your applications for a much-needed business boost.

Fujitsu provides professionally-delivered, comprehensive support for critical NetApp infrastructure that is unmatched across Australia and New Zealand. Our consulting expertise helps you take full advantage of all of the product features and benefits necessary for your environment. With our assistance, not only does your NetApp infrastructure run smoothly, it’s optimised for performance.

Click here to download our infographic on how NetApp® All Flash FAS is helping businesses thrive in today’s business world.

Why Leading Companies are Going Agile

AgileBeing faster, more efficient and better equipped for the demands of business today is a philosophy that isn’t just confined to the standard arms of an organisation. It should also extend to your software development.

It’s been touted for years that agile is the go and waterfall is out, but many companies are still yet to embrace the benefits of moving to the agile side. For those enterprises, the risk of falling behind in getting products and services to market is significantly increased.

On the surface it’s easy to see why the waterfall approach is still implemented. It involves detailed plans and schedules being created before any code is written, which sounds like the logical way to plan out a project, following the adage of the five P’s – perfect planning prevents poor performance.

But the difference with software development is that it can’t be treated like your run-of-the-mill business project. It is particularly susceptible to changes because you often don’t know exactly what you want until you see it, so there is always an element of refinement and trial and error that will happen.

Agile development processes, however, embrace this constant flux and accommodate the certain change by focusing on short term plans. Like the waterfall approach, the requirements for a project are defined before the code is written and then tested, but this is done in small iterations, many times. Progress isn’t measured by how much you’ve stuck to the original outline but rather how much usable software has been created after each iteration. With development teams able to continuously align the delivered software with desired business needs, no matter the changing requirements, the risk of a project failing is drastically reduced.

Increasing Speed and Quality

One of the leading banks in northern Europe wanted to deliver new services faster so opted to implement agile development methods.

Targeted acquisitions are central to the bank’s growth strategy but their principle surrounding this was built on the idea of “one group, one system” – a method that was extremely time consuming.

In an industry that is moving and transforming at rapid speed, it became crucial for the organisation to match the changes in the market to avoid being left behind.

With agile development they saw a strong increase in the efficiency of their IT development, reducing the time to market of their services from 14 months to an average of nine months.

The quality of these services was also improved because of the testing and changes made after each iteration.

Teams are seeing the results of their work faster thanks to the short planning and development timeframes, and this is boosting employee satisfaction.

Perhaps most importantly, the business units experience closer cooperation with the IT department, meaning there is a higher degree of certainty that the right developments are taking place.

Delivering Results

This focus on utilising agile processes to speed up time to market is a common benefit organisations are seeing after going agile. A survey by VersionOne revealed that 66% of businesses say agile increases their velocity and helps them complete projects faster.

More streamlined processes ultimately help reduce development and maintenance costs and increase business value. According to a study conducted by Actuation Consulting, 86.9 percent of agile users attribute increased profits to the adoption of agile.

To fully empower your business with the benefits of agile development you have to implement a framework that will support the speed of agile, and that framework should be built on flash storage.

NetApp®’s All Flash FAS enables optimised agile development, making it easier to bring near real-time data into the development cycle and get your applications to market faster.

With All Flash FAS you can create zero-space, near-instantaneous clones of copies of anything from a single dataset to entire end-to-end environments. The reduced storage capacity requirement for these environments takes the significant infrastructure cost out of the equation and when new data is created in these zero-space development/test environments, NetApp de-duplication automatically ensures the underlying storage remains very space efficient over time.

By automating the process of constructing new end-to-end environments or refreshing existing environments, the labour effort for provisioning and maintenance is reduced as well as the time the whole process takes.

The end result is being able to test apps in real time with real data and quickly delivering applications to your users that are faster and more responsive to your business.

Fujitsu is a Platinum Partner of NetApp across Australasia, providing professionally-delivered, comprehensive support for critical NetApp® infrastructure. Our consulting expertise helps you take full advantage of all of the product features and benefits necessary for your environment. With our assistance, not only does your NetApp infrastructure run smoothly, it’s optimised for performance.

Click here to download our infographic on how NetApp® All Flash FAS is helping businesses thrive in the new business world.

The Real-Time Revolution


We already know about Big Data and its ramifications for enabling better business decision making, but what’s really becoming a business game changer is the importance of Fast Data.

This is the emphasis on being able to process information as it comes in – in real time – so enterprises can be aware and take action immediately.

Accelerating operations in real time

One renowned German automaker has a firm focus on producing vehicles capable of reaching impressive speeds, but that philosophy didn’t always translate over to its operations.

The engines constructed by the marque are central to their high-performance reputation but in the past the way in which these were being tested was holding back efficiency, productivity and further development.

The company realised that being able to monitor the testing data in real-time could significantly speed up the process as real-time engine data could be instantly correlated with historical test data to recognise an issue as soon as it arises.

Now that the engine data is available immediately there is no need to wait for an hour-long test to be finished before analysing it and engineers can halt a test at any step in the procedure the minute it exhibits unusual behaviour. That’s led to more engine testing capacity each week, enabling engineers to focus on further refinement of the company’s high-performance engines.

Respond or relapse

This importance on being able to monitor and respond to business opportunities as they happen is quickly becoming the norm for high-performing organisations worldwide. A study of global companies by The Hackett Group found that 70 percent of leading firms had access to financial, customer, and supplier information in near real time or within one day.

Being able to respond in real time, however, requires systems capable of working at break-neck speeds and that’s a capability you can take advantage of with NetApp® All Flash FAS. This flash storage solution delivers low latency and enables your systems to operate up to 20-times faster than disk storage. That can mean the difference between taking action on the spot and winning business, or losing out to your competitors.

Fujitsu New Zealand is the premier NetApp System Services Certified Partner (SSCP) in NZ, providing professionally-delivered, comprehensive support for critical NetApp® infrastructure. Our consulting expertise helps you take full advantage of all of the product features and benefits necessary for your environment. With our assistance, not only does your NetApp infrastructure run smoothly, it’s optimised for performance.

Click here to download our ebook on how All Flash FAS can transform your enterprise

Why flash is the future of business.



How companies operate, make decisions and serve customers is quickly moving towards a model where speed is an essential element to getting an edge on competitors. This focus on being faster, alongside the rise of big data and the cloud, is making storage a crucial factor in accelerating business.

The operations vital to keeping your enterprise humming are becoming more and more demanding, thanks to the huge growth in data and the increasing usage of this data for applications and business intelligence. That increased demand is putting more pressure on databases to perform.

When it comes to achieving better performance, forget about completely replacing or rebuilding existing systems because these options are expensive and difficult to undertake. The solution lies in smarter usage and adding to existing infrastructure: enter flash storage.

For years disk storage has been the norm for companies but now flash has been significantly enhanced to cope with the pressures of enterprise systems. Compression and deduplication features have made the cost of flash much more competitive and flash storage systems now boast failure rates below those for disk storage.

When flash is enterprise grade, it can reach its full potential, providing lower latency and higher density than traditional hard disk storage solutions, which means you’ll not only get higher speeds, you’ll also fit more capacity into a smaller footprint and save on costs. Storage options like NetApp® All Flash FAS enable you to run database applications up to 20-times faster than disk storage and accelerate the speed of your business for better overall business results.

With NetApp® All Flash FAS you can:

  • Respond to business opportunities in real time
  • Get those inefficient applications running like new again
  • Harness the power of agile development

Fujitsu New Zealand is the premier NetApp System Services Certified Partner (SSCP) in NZ, providing professionally-delivered, comprehensive support for critical NetApp® infrastructure. Our consulting expertise helps you take full advantage of all of the product features and benefits necessary for your environment. With our assistance, not only does your NetApp infrastructure run smoothly, it’s optimised for performance.

Click here to download our eBook on how NetApp® All Flash FAS can transform your enterprise.

Profiling our SELECT Partners: PowerNET

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‘Coach and skipper’ leads PowerNET helm: Williams Helps forge new ties with Fujitsu

This is the first of a series of articles we will publish profiling our successful channel partners. For the first profile we are covering our SELECT Partner PowerNET. This article is reproduced from the Fujitsu Channel Newsletter from an interview with PowerNET Director Daniel Williams.


PowerNET first signed with Fujitsu in 2014 and quickly became Fujitsu’s largest SELECT Expert Partner. This partnership has allowed both Fujitsu and PowerNET to grow rapidly and  to build a strong foundation where we are able to work together to improve and evolve.

As a teenager, he was the go-to-kid for computer support, guidance and inspiration to friends, family and neighbours – a trend that continues today in the professional life of PowerNET director Daniel Williams.
Williams fondly remembers his early days.  “Being a child of the ‘80s where computers were the in-thing I begged my parents to get me one; I used to love going to the neighbour’s place to play with their personal computer,” Williams said, explaining how his father’s fascination with pulling apart chainsaws and lawnmowers also sparked his interest in tinkering with technology.

“With my father’s knowledge as a small motors and diesel mechanic, as a kid I used to always watch him pull apart motors and put them back together. I transferred the interest in my father into pulling apart computers and became, as a teenager, the neighbourhood go-to if your computer wasn’t working.”
Certainly, big things have come from the Moonee Ponds suburban go-to-kid. Over the past decade, Williams has risen to the top of the PowerNET corporate ladder at the tender age of 33 thanks to his constant hard work and dogged determination. He has worn many hats including technical manager, national business development manager, general manager, head of service delivery and director.

Founded in 1994, PowerNET IT Solutions has grown from four employees in 2004 to 50 today. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, it offers a range of solutions and services from security and monitoring, mobility, internet and communications, server and networks, hosting, Cloud, as well as business intelligence for consulting, delivering projects and strategy development.

Over the years, Williams has helped clinch customers across many verticals including health, retail, real estate and transport from Swisse Wellness to Barry Plant Real Estate to Peter Sheppard Footwear to Ventura Bus Lines – and he takes pride in the fact the company still maintains a relationship with its very first client, Frankston Anaesthetic Services.

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