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Bull announces a new generation of converged infrastructures, Bull BNEX, based on bullion servers

Agility, scalability and seamless integration for the new converged infrastructures

Barcelona, VMworld, October  16, 2013 -

In the infrastructure domain, IT organizations today face a triple challenge: quickly and accurately respond to business line requests, manage exponential growth of data and flows, optimize the use of resources and investment in a context of limited budgets.

Converged infrastructures increasingly appear as the solution to the puzzle of these conflicting requirements. As a pragmatic answer, Bull today announces the availability of new converged infrastructure solutions, Bull BNEX, based on Bull bullion servers and NetApp storage arrays. These solutions offer great agility for customers who now virtualize their business critical applications.

With a simplified administration, a systematic integration of best practices, which we find at every levels of the infrastructure (servers, storage, network and virtualization), Bull BNEX allows accelerated deployment.

A complete and scalable offer

Available with VMware verified environments, the Bull BNEX converged infrastructures meet several use cases: rapid and optimized creation of a private cloud, desktops virtualization, and application virtualization in SAP environment.

With a modular and highly redundant design, Bull BNEX converged infrastructures use the most advanced components in their domains:

  • Bull bullion servers, unique x86 16 -socket server, the fastest in the market.

  • NetApp Storage FAS 3200 series: with proven performance, the FAS3200 series offers all the benefits of NetApp unified storage architecture: a single operating system, software homogeneous management, integrated data protection, and multi storage levels for outstanding efficiency.

  • Brocade Network VDX range: offers flexibility and the ability to expand the network to meet the changing needs of virtualization. The result is rapidly obtained, a reliable network between servers for high performance connectivity in a virtualized environment. Brocade VCS Fabric TechnologyTM enables companies to build Ethernet fabrics in the data center.

  • Virtualization with VMware vSphere, vCenter, vCenter Operations: provides the best virtualization platform for creating cloud infrastructures, with capacity and computing performance monitoring.

A full set of dedicated added value services

On top of Bull BNEX own assets, Bull has built up for this announcement a dedicated set of consulting, implementation, monitoring and support services to accompany its customers from the start to the end of their projects, from the design to the run phases.

These services will provide a true added value expertise to ensure a design that fits all needs, taking into account the customer environment progression, by securing the converged infrastructure implementation, with the right level of SLAs. For Bull BNEX infrastructures, Bull will also propose remote replication options (PRA/PCA) aligned with the most highly mission-critical environments.

Providing customer-oriented expertise

Bull has developed over the years a unique set of expertise in the storage area, in particular through a dedicated international NetApp Competence Center located in Grenoble (France). Being daily exposed with customers, this team of highly skilled experts will be fully involved with this announcement and will offer a full portfolio of activities - Proof of Concept, technical seminars, demos... - to accompany customers in their architecture choices.

Based on a strong Bull & NetApp partnership

Since 2005, Bull & NetApp have been working together for the benefit of their customers. As a NetApp STAR partner, Bull integrates the NetApp technology in its storage infrastructures.

"The value of the Bull - NetApp partnership is highly appreciated by our customers, and demonstrated by the high growth rate of the revenue done together", underlined Olivier Gaumont, Director, Bull Enterprise Servers and Storage Business Unit. "With Bull BNEX, Bull & NetApp have decided to give a new dimension to their partnership by providing more value to their customers across Europe when it comes to transform their IT infrastructures."

"NetApp and Bull experts are bringing to market and to our customers a unique value proposition with the converged infrastructures segment with Bull BNEX," added Thomas Ehrlich, VP Partners & Pathways, NetApp EMEA. "We look forward to continuing this partnership for the benefit of our customers."

Bull BNEX converged infrastructure solutions are available now.

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About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

For more information, visit: atos.net

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