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Fujitsu launches cloud services

Fujitsu launches cloud services

New infrastructure-as-a-service offerings expected to be followed by broader application-based cloud services

Fujitsu's services strategy has entered a new phase following the availability of its first cloud-based solution.

Previously announced as a core strategy for Fujitsu in 2010, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering is designed as a flexible environment allowing customers to retain control of servers, storage systems and applications. Organisations can manage their own usage, add and remove services and change capacity through an interactive portal.

The integrator expects to have its first customers on-board by the end of May. The outsourcer will focus strongly on its traditional large corporate and government customer base.

Fujitsu has broken its cloud strategy into four levels of consumption, aiming to making the transition to the cloud as minimally confusing as possible. Initially, infrastructure consumption will be the first step, and limited to the number of applications customer take onto the service to minimise complexity.

Application consumption becomes the second phase through Fujitsu's cloud adoption model, followed by higher-level activity consumption. Finally, the outsourcer sees its cloud services moving into content consumption, which focus on media usage in the cloud.

Fujitsu CEO, Rod Vawdrey, said the biggest initial inhibitors to adoption, especially in the initial stages, would be customer confidence in cloud technologies.

“There's still a long process ahead in terms of building confidence, [particularly] with government agencies around security,” Vawdrey said. “It’s not a technical constraint, but at this stage it's a policy constraint.

“We've placed a lot of emphasis around the management of the security lab, which is important in getting the Government to adopt it.”

Vawdrey said initial adoption would likely be around relatively simple applications like mail. But as a major partner of organisations like SAP, Fujitsu sees the scale of its cloud applications expanding substantially.

Fujitsu’s solutions is being rolled out first in Australia and the UK, pioneering the start of a global strategy that aims to leverage off the company’s 97-strong datacentre network.

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