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Who needs IBM? Synnex gets nod for new Fujitsu enterprise storage

After being dissed by IBM last fall, which took away its System x distie business, Synnex got a boost this week for its midrange and enterprise storage practice when Fujitsu Computer Systems tapped it to handle several new products typically reserved for closed-distribution model industrial distributors.

Synnex will get to handle the new Fujitsu ETERNUS8000 and ETERNUS4000, which let customers mix 8Gb Fibre Channel or iSCSI host channels in the same system. Other features offered by the storage devices include LUN-level, disk-data encryption with WAN optimization, MAID (massive array of idle disks) technology that allows companies to more closely monitor power consumption, and ETERNUSSF, which is Fujitu’s storage management software. Pricing for the ETERNUS4000 model starts at $39,000 for a system that is configured with dual controllers, dual power, four Fibre Channel server connections and ETERNUS Storage Manager.

Matt McManus, vice president of channel sales for Fujitsu, says his company felt comfortable with authorizing Synnex for these products, given its track record with Fujitsu’s mobile technology. Among other things, he believes Synnex will help introduce Fujitsu to important VARs in the healthcare vertical as well as resellers who are building practices with entry-level SAN and NAS solutions. Synnex will also help Fujitsu build out its reseller representation in several geographic regions where it has light coverage, although McManus declined to be specific about which ones. The goal is to focus on VARs who will lead with Fujitsu products. (Currently Fujitsu has about 1,500 authorized resellers; about 150 have the greenlight to sell its storage products.)

One other note for resellers interested in this Fujitsu line: the company currently is offering 60 percent off its demo equipment for these products.

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I just feel sorry for the 12.5 % who think that security concerns are exaggerated. They will be the ones who will suffer the next major security breach in their operations.
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"99.9% of employees will use common sense and take corporate data security measures into consideration before they share data"

I defy you to find a large organization where more than 60% of the employees even have rudimentary common sense. This subject alone keeps IA up at night...
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Security is atmost important with mobile devices as these are being used for in all social,commercial usages.
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mobile device security is up and coming
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Compared to alternate communications methods (analog phone conversations, snail mail, unecryoted email etc...) not that bad.

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With employees increasingly bringing their own device and accessing corporate data through it, addressing security of the corporate data remains a priority. Corporates need to run the thin line between total control and respecting privacy of personal information on the device.
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the security is totally necessary, as the technology is making mobile devices more empowered by making them faster, & the storage space also has increased.
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That depends on the concerns being voiced. In general, though, I think there are serious concerns about them. Most mobile devices aren't that difficult for people to break into - determined hackers almost certainly have the resources they need to get past the device's basic security, which is one reason I've always advocated having multiple levels of protection on sensitive data. It's better to have too many protections than too few.
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good points! i would also add to that to be careful to couple that with minding the user experience for the employee, because if these security layers become too cumbersome for them to do work or access the device or be productive, they might resort to rogue devices that are not adequately protected. which is also why educating employees/the rest of the organization on the importance of security and encouraging a security culture is important.
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