April 22, 2010
SUNNYVALE, CA, April 22, 2010 -- Fujitsu today launched its global cloud strategy -- a strategy developed through the company's real experience in working with customers on cloud computing services and delivery of solutions across the world.
The strategy is rooted in Fujitsu's view of cloud computing as having four modes of consumption. Customers will be offered non disruptive ways of joining any, some or all of the four modes of infrastructure, application, activity and content. Fujitsu already offers cloud platforms regionally for the infrastructure mode, and this offering is being reinforced from today with the global deployment of a standardized cloud platform. Provision of services from this platform will be offered on a trial basis starting May 2010 (to be made commercially available in October 2010) in Japan, followed by Australia, Singapore, North America, the UK and Continental Europe, through to March 2011.
This global platform will complement the local cloud platforms, by meeting the needs of customers who require a global standardized information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure. Whether they adopt services from the local or global platform, customers will be able to reduce their ICT costs while being more flexible and responsive in their ICT provision, without sacrificing security and availability. They will also be able to benefit from Fujitsu's expertise in telecommunications and networks, utilizing the company's 75-year history in pioneering communications technologies.
Fujitsu views its cloud computing services as an evolution, not a revolution, and views cloud services in four modes. The infrastructure mode and application mode are an extension of the conventional services being offered by Fujitsu. The activity mode and content mode, however, represent a significant shift in the way the ICT industry creates value, through the emergence of new business models to create new services for buyers.
With decades-long service business experience, Fujitsu can provide the utmost support in enabling large- and medium-sized customers to transition and migrate their largest and most complex ICT environments to join any mode of the cloud consumption model, with minimal disruption and maximum security. In addition, by forming new alliances with other vendors involved in cloud, Fujitsu will ensure that customers benefit from the flexibility of open systems and are not locked into proprietary environments.
"Fujitsu has been developing its cloud computing technologies by looking at changes in society and how technology can help people cope with those changes -- what we call a human-centric standpoint," says Kazuo Ishida, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President, responsible for ICT Services Business. "In Japan, we have been successful in conducting trials involving ICT infrastructures in areas such as agriculture and healthcare. Through these offerings, we aim to become a leader in providing these types of services around the world."
"We will deliver a standardized cloud service through the deployment of our global cloud platform," comments Richard Christou, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President. "To address the other modes of our consumption model, we will be making further announcements, including in conjunction with our key partners, in the coming months. Fujitsu is now in a position to work with customers to deliver the benefits of cloud."
Fujitsu America launched cloud services in North America in December 2009. The offerings were designed to meet clients' increasing need for end-to-end ICT solutions, particularly in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, education, financial services and communications sectors. The initial infrastructure-as-a-service is the first of two strategic global phases that evolve the cloud computing model. Clients such as ExoIS, Inc. are leveraging the Fujitsu America cloud offerings. ExoIS is a leader in providing IT support for the SMB market and storage professional services for both enterprises and major storage vendors.
"Fujitsu is an ideal match for ExoIS' business objectives because it allows us to offer flexibility to our customers that need to adapt rapidly to changing business conditions while reducing technology infrastructure costs," said Jonathan A. Clark, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, ExoIS. "The Fujitsu cloud services are a natural extension of our business, enabling us to deliver the Fujitsu cloud as part of our total service offering."
"At the time of launch in North America, we were able to take advantage of the evolving Fujitsu global expertise on cloud computing and leverage best practices for our clients," said Barry Carter, Executive Vice President, Information Technology Services at Fujitsu America. "The new Fujitsu cloud platform deployment and strategy will meet the needs of clients who require global standardized platforms and services, offering a robust, optimized and consistent cloud environment across the world."
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.
Fujitsu America, Inc. provides a complete portfolio of business technology services, computing platforms, and industry solutions. Fujitsu platform products are based on scalable, reliable and high-performance server, storage, software, point-of-sale, and mobile technologies. Fujitsu combines its renowned platform offerings with a full suite of onshore, near shore and offshore system integration, outsourcing, and datacenter services covering applications, operations, infrastructure, customer service, and multi-vendor lifecycle services. Fujitsu provides industry-specific solutions for retail, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, financial services, and telecommunications sectors.
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