My journey from the frontline in Defence to one in IT.

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Peter Traynor, Service Desk Team Leader, ACT is the next employee in a short series of interviews where he tells us about his varied career history prior to joining the business, making the transition from life in the armed forces to one as a civilian and how working at Fujitsu has had a positive impact on both his working and personal life. Read his story below:

I have been working at Fujitsu for just over 13 months, starting off as a Service Desk Analyst and recently being promoted to Service Desk Team Leader. I am based at the ICT customer service desk in Mitchell, ACT. My typical day to day duties consist of managing my 12 person team, ensuring that they are adhering to their allotted time constraints and collectively that we are meeting our service level agreements.

Prior to making the move to Fujitsu, I have had an exciting and extremely varied career history, I worked in several industries including security and warehousing, before joining the defence forces when I was 27 as a Rifleman, where I served for six and a half years. I am still an active reservist.

I have to admit that I didn’t find the transition from military life to one as a civilian that difficult. The hardest part of the process was adjusting my expectations to suit the situation. My manager and the training team at Fujitsu were pivotal in helping me have a smooth transition, adjust to an IT environment and succeed in the role I’m currently in.

I love working for Fujitsu. What the company offers with regards to career development and training is unmatched across the industry. The people are another major contributing factor, overall a fantastic and extremely rewarding organisation to work for. I personally love being given the opportunity to recruit and train my team, watch them grow and move on to be successful in their relevant fields within the business.

Outside of work, I love to train, bike ride and bush walk. I am also an avid gamer who has dabbled in some programming. A career at Fujitsu allows me to enjoy all of these things in my personal life.

For more information on careers within Fujitsu Oceania, please visit: Fujitsu Careers.

 

The Big Data challenge has an answer in SolidFire

SolidfireIn 2014, about 35% of computer users accessed the cloud, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. That figure has since almost doubled and within three years, 86% of workloads are expected to be processed in cloud data centres.

The quantity of data is doubling every 18 months too and the forecasts are that data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009. Individuals today create 70% of all data. Enterprises store 80%.

The World Economic Forum has identified six software and services megatrends and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is under way now.

The growth in Big Data is challenging with respect to finding what information is relevant to you, and making sense of it. This is part of the disruption that Big Data is at the heart of.

However, these challenges also present opportunities. For example, data analytics is leading to insights into virtually any field you can think of.

Not long ago a biotech company used data analytics to sort through GBs of data – leading them to isolate 23 optimal genes. And that led to the first gender-specific diagnostic tests for heart disease. Technologies such as SolidFire help to make developments such as these possible. Solidfire offers specific advantages for data storage requirements both now and in the future with the following attributes:

  • Agility: With SolidFire, enterprises can support specific solutions and adapt on the go to multiple workload environments, without affecting the performance of existing applications.
  • Reliability: A key requirement for next generation data centres is repeatable, predictable performance. With SolidFire, businesses can specify and guarantee minimum, maximum, and burst IOPS (input output per second) for individual storage volumes on the fly, independent of capacity.
  • Automation: SolidFire not only has application programme interfaces (APIs) for automating storage management, but also offers automation of every storage function of the array from the API. Data availability is also highly automated.
  • Easy scalability: The Quality of Service (QoS) performance-virtualisation of resources is SolidFire patented. This technology allows businesses to manage storage performance independently from storage capacity. Because of this, SolidFire can deliver predictable storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. This architecture also allows linear scale-out of capacity and performance, as nodes are added. This gives scaling up to 3.4 petabytes of effective capacity and a potential 7.5 million guaranteed IOPS.
  • Redundancy: SolidFire’s architecture does away with sharing of any hardware component in the system. Connectivity between nodes is redundant, so anything in the cluster can fail, and the system will still run. If one or more nodes fail, SolidFire automatically rebuilds redundant data across the other nodes in minutes, restoring full redundancy while maintaining all guaranteed QoS settings.

Remember, without control and the ability to scale, performance is just a Band-Aid!  See a summary of what SolidFire offers by viewing this infographic.

My transition from a career in the Defence Forces to the corporate world.

Pentagon Commences Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention MonthTransitioning from a military career to civilian life can be a daunting prospect, however people like Samantha Anderson, Services Manager at Fujitsu, can prove that career progression can continue across employers.  Samantha’s story is the first of a series of interviews we will feature showing how people have made a successful transition with positive impacts on their working and personal lives. Read Samantha’s story below:

I have been with Fujitsu for over 6 years, starting out in 2010 as a Systems Integrator, I have had several roles within the business to the one which I’m currently in, Services Manager for defence contracts. Prior to joining Fujitsu, I worked in BEA systems and served as a systems administrator within the Australian Defence Forces for 10 years. I was based in several locations during this time including Sydney, Toowoomba in Queensland and Darwin.

Moving from a career in the Defence Forces to one in ICT didn’t come without its challenges. There are stark differences between the business and military worlds. That being said, most of my transitioning was done with BEA systems, so joining Fujitsu was a much easier experience, coupled with the fact that my work involves contracting into defence makes it more comfortable for me. The thing I most enjoy about working for Fujitsu is career development and the opportunities for promotion I have been given, all within a relatively short space of time. Hard work is recognised and rewarded within the business. In my role itself, I love the variety it brings, meeting new people, travelling to various locations across ACT and working with my fantastic team of staff day and daily.

My advice for anyone considering a move from a defence career to one in Fujitsu would be to take the leap. Moving to a company who works closely, with and understands Defence makes it all a much easier and less daunting experience. It also helps when there are other employees who have made the move that you can relate to. Since joining Fujitsu my work life balance has been restored, working a normal 35-40 hour week enables me to spend quality time with my family and I’ve recently got back to the gym too.

For more information on careers within Fujitsu Oceania, please visit: Fujitsu Careers

 

Future-storage solutions must be adaptable and flexible

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Business managers used to look at data and ask, “How cheaply can we store this stuff?” Not now, though. Now the question is likely to be, “How fast can we get this processed and get the analysis back?”

There’s more data, and more pressure on making sense out of it all.

Consider that 90% of all data in existence originates from the past two years. There is a 65% growth of data a year, which equals 100% growth every 18 months. In other words, we are talking about exabytes, zettabytes of data, and even yottabytes pretty soon, and we’ve pretty much gone past recognising any real boundaries on capacity.

The vast quantities of data involved with mobile devices, smart sensors, the Internet of Things, connected vehicles and more, demand solutions that go beyond adding rows upon rows of last-generation hardware and software to crunch digits. Performance agility and flexibility now are crucial parts of platform architecture.

In 2009, all-flash storage was thought to be a niche installation that would stay like that. Disk economics was too good to be threatened by another medium.

Seven years later we see that all-flash arrays will replace Tier 1 and 2 computer architecture solutions, and (possibly) Tier 3. The future for disk is going to be archival data.

Fujitsu are there now with SolidFire. Our all-flash array can be customised – in size by scaling out, whether four nodes or 100; in capacity, from 20 terabytes to many petabytes; in speed, from 200k IOPS (input output per second), to millions.

With SolidFire and its Quality of Service (QoS) architecture, both SQL (Structured Query Language) and NoSQL (Not only SQL) database workloads run properly without unnecessary expenditure. That’s because SolidFire allows you to create your system to specifically meet your capacity and performance demands.

At the same time, SolidFire is adaptable and flexible. For example, its Quality of Service controls make it simple to mix and match almost any workload types within the shared infrastructure while maintaining predictable performance to each application.

Administrators can choose to run many instances of one type of workload or run any combination of block storage workloads without compromising performance.

Scalable databases, including read-heavy and write-heavy instances, can go onto SolidFire and be protected with QoS.

Do you need to create dozens of distributed web application instances using a rapid cloning process, and then double the number of workloads quickly and without affecting the performance and availability of the running instances?

Not a problem.

Or you might want to stage a production database to a test/development environment, while it’s running, without slowing the performance of the workload.

Easy as.

To learn more about how SolidFire is the all-rounder you need for your future storage needs, read the white paper.

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: https://opendatacenteralliance.org

 

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.