Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. have announced a worldwide cloud computing partnership that enables Fujitsu to deploy the Windows Azure platform appliance in Fujitsu datacenters. Fujitsu will deliver a comprehensive set of new cloud services and solutions, including system integration, cloud migration and managed services, to customers and independent software vendors (ISVs).
The new cloud services and solutions based on the Windows Azure platform will be available first in Fujitsu’s datacenters in Japan, starting at the Fujitsu Tatebayashi System Center by the end of 2010, to be followed by other locations around the world.
Microsoft has invested heavily in the development of cloud computing and the Windows Azure platform appliance will add to Fujitsu’s cloud portfolio by supporting three modes of cloud consumption: infrastructure as a service, applications as a service and activity as a service. Activity as a service allows customers to subscribe to business services, specified in business rather than technology terms, and it represents a significant shift in the way the IT industry creates value, with the emergence of new business models to create new services. As a result of the expanded partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft, customers will be able to easily address new business scenarios that require rapid scaling of applications and obtain services that are predictable and immediately consumable.
“Fujitsu has a vision of a prosperous, human-centric, intelligent, networked society, and this strategic global partnership with Microsoft is a major step forward in being able to realize this,” said Kazuo Ishida, corporate senior executive vice president, responsible for ICT Services Business, Fujitsu. “Through this alliance, we are providing our customers with a new array of possibilities in cloud computing. Our partnership with Microsoft truly reflects Fujitsu’s cloud strategy and will no doubt break new ground in contributing to the creation of an IT-networked society.”
In addition, Microsoft announced a the limited production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance, a cloud platform for large service providers and enterprises to run their own datacenters. Fujitsu will use the appliance in their own datacenter and gain efficiencies through the use of Windows Azure and SQL Azsure.
Bob Muglia, president of Server and Tools Business at Microsoft said, “We believe the introduction of the Windows Azure platform appliance marks an important industry milestone in the transformation to cloud computing.” He added, “By extending the power of our cloud platform to customer and service provider datacenters like Fujitsu, we are paving the way for more customers to fully realize the business benefits of the cloud.”
Fujitsu is expected to develop a Windows Azsure platform which they will offer to customers for deployment in their own datacenters utilizing Fujuitsu branded hardware. Training for 5,000 consultants and developers on the platform will ensure customers techincal needs are met when developing and deploying accplications using this latest cloud service.