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Fujitsu Implements Blade Servers for National Grid
Corporate/Events | Corporate News
Tue 17 Jun 2008

Fujitsu Asia to Implement Blade Servers for National Grid

Also implementing storage systems and undertaking systems integration as part of winning consortium

Fujitsu Asia will implement a blade server-based infrastructure for the National Grid initiative, as part of the winning consortium announced today.

The winning consortium, picked by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (iDA), will offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications using the underlying infrastructure by Fujitsu Asia, the group’s designated hardware vendor and systems integrator.

Examples of such services include:
• operating systems
• Microsoft Office programmes
• remote access
• application development
• email
• platform virtualisation
• video streaming
• Web-based server management, website creation and billing tools

Fujitsu will engineer the blade-based infrastructure, using servers based on the Primergy range, for the National Grid to exhibit the reliability, availability and scalability (RAS) characteristics previously specified by iDA. Primergy blade servers will be implemented during the first year of the 3-year project and additional servers will be added during the second and third year.

The blade-based design will also reduce total cost of ownership by lowering energy consumption, minimising heat dissipation and optimising physical footprint. Additionally, Fujitsu Asia will implement a storage area network (SAN) for the National Grid.

The blade servers and SAN will be integrated with services and software components by fellow consortium members including:
1 NewMedia Express, a Web hosting and managed services provider
2 1-Net Singapore, a telco-class Internet Data Centre and infocommunications technology solutions provider
3 Microsoft Singapore, a leading software vendor
4 Advanced ERP, an enterprise applications developer

“Fujitsu Asia is honoured to be part of the winning consortium for the National Grid. Our twin roles as the systems integrator and hardware vendor reflects our world-class capabilities in grid computing, server technology, system integration and other areas,” said Masaki Kajiyama, President of Singapore Operations at Fujitsu Asia.

“1-Net Singapore is proud to be a member of the winning consortium and to support the National Grid initiative. As the industry moves towards utility computing, we see this as an opportunity to expand services mix. This project will allow easier and more affordable access for the media companies’ asset digitalisation and management,” said Mock Pak Lum, Director, 1-Net Singapore.

The consortium’s services for the National Grid initiative will be located at the 1-Net Singapore data centre in Technopark@Chai Chee, and is scheduled for rollout by September 2008. The consortium will incorporate 200 processors, five terabytes of storage capacity and other features which may be scaled up as demand grows.