Fujitsu IaaS Platform Can Configure Physical Servers On Demand
Fujitsu officials say the platform, which is going through internal testing, makes physical servers as easy to configure as virtual machines.Fujitsu Laboratories officials say they have developed a platform for physical servers in cloud environments that can be installed and configured in 10 minutes, making these systems more responsive to changing workloads and as easy to configure as virtual machines. While virtual servers are used in most infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments, there are data-processing applications that require the higher performance and stability that come with physical systems, according to Fujitsu Laboratories officials. The problem has been installing and configuring those physical servers, they said. It currently can take several days for IT professionals to install physical servers and then configure the software manually, creating a lag time between the time an order for a server comes in and when the server is up and running online. By comparison, virtual servers can be spun out quickly, in a matter of minutes. In an announcement made July 4, Fujitsu officials said they have fixed the problem through the development of a new technology that leverages another Fujitsu Laboratories innovation, called Resource Pool Architecture, which enables the on-demand configuring of physical servers. The Resource Pool Architecture is used with Fujitsu’s Software ServerView Resource Orchestrator, a cloud-platform management software solution, to create the physical IaaS platform, the officials said.
With the Resource Pool Architecture, this technology, individual hardware resources that are scattered through the data center—such as CPUs, memory and disk storage—are pooled together as part of an architecture created within a physical server. The Resource Pool Architecture leverages the disk area network as a high-speed interconnect that brings together the CPU and memory pool with the disk storage pool.