Fujitsu Rolls Out New Cloud Services for Enterprises and Developers

Vendor plans to help enterprises build clouds in data centers, offers hosted ISV applications.

December 14, 2009

D.H. Kass

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Fujitsu America Inc. said it will offer services to help large companies move existing multi-platform and multi-vendor mission critical systems to enterprise clouds, adding on to an initiative the company earlier triggered in Japan and EMEA.

The vendor’s end-to-end enterprise cloud services in the U.S., which will be made available in the first quarter of 2010, are designed for companies in the manufacturing, finance, health care, retail and other compute- and data-intensive sectors, Fujitsu officials said.

Fujitsu also wants to move developers to its cloud to offer their solutions in a services-based model to enterprise customers. One selling point to ISVs is the ability to leverage the vendor’s hosted, pay-as-you-go cloud computing model, dispensing with the costs associated with maintaining their own data center.

“Offering Fujitsu cloud services in North America is another important step in our global rollout of end-to-end cloud computing,” said Jack Noble, Fujitsu executive vice president IT services.

“The new Fujitsu cloud services will provide out global partners and clients with the opportunity to control costs, massively scale their infrastructures and applications on a pay-as-you-go basis, and confidently support a whole new generation of computing solutions on a future-proofed infrastructure.”

The vendor said it will now be able to support the cloud application interface specification, which it has submitted to the Open Cloud Standards incubator of the Distributed Managed Task Force to promote interoperability of cloud computing environments.

Its goal in submitting the cloud API was to reassure clients concerned about vendor lock-in when adopting a particular cloud computing platform.

ISVs CoolRock Software, a specialist in email management software, and Intershop Communications, a provider of ecommerce solutions, said they will use Fujitsu’s cloud computing offering to provide their client’s with SaaS-based solutions.

Richard Bone, CoolRock managing director and chief executive, called Fujitsu the “ideal partner” for meeting the ISV’s business objectives.

“With the Fujitsu cloud services, we will be able to continue to grow our business without worrying about data center costs spiraling out of control,” he said.

Fujitsu said it will offer a range of cloud solutions, including system construction, operations, maintenance services and full-featured vertical applications.

Vendor upgrades Sunnyvale, CA data center to Tier III level

To prepare for the project, Fujitsu is upgrading its data center in Sunnyvale, CA to Tier III level, an industry standard of infrastructure functionality indicating multiple active power and cooling distribution paths.

The vendor already maintains other Tier III- and Tier IV-level data centers in Dallas, TX, Montreal, Canada and Trinidad.

To accommodate its cloud initiative, Fujitsu plans to enact an expansion of the footprint of its data center, more than doubling the available raised floor space, reducing carbon emissions by 21 percent, boosting its power and cooling capabilities to expand capacity by as much as 800 percent, as well as stepping up electrical and mechanical requirements to meet Tier III level.

Fujitsu said that the data center design will incorporate green technology including a hydrogen fuel-cell generator supplying power to the cooling systems and bio-fuels in the generator farm.

Jean Bozman, a research vice president at researcher International Data Corp., said that Fujitsu’s offering should help enterprises and ISVs reduce capital expenditures.

“For companies doing Web-enabled commerce, having access to a highly reliable and secure cloud platform, whether deployed as an enterprise cloud or consumed by ISVs as a pay-as-you-go service, is a welcome offering that avoids further capex costs.”

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