Cloud computing a big part of Fujitsu's 2010

Cloud computing a big part of Fujitsu's 2010

New Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering to be integrator giant's first steps into cloud computing, as it continues to look to gain broad traction in the market

Cloud computing is factoring heavily in Fujitsu’s growth plan for 2010.

The first step for the integrator giant is the launch of an infrastructure-as-a-service platform, which it will then be able to use to develop additional cloud computing solutions.

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO, Rod Vawdrey, said no organisation could afford to be complacent in the economic climate.

The Australian IT industry was polarising between specialist players and broad offerings, he said. This meant Fujitsu wil llook to expand its presence.

“We don’t know where the economic crisis is taking us, but good businesses will come out stronger than those who have needed to take drastic actions,” Vawdrey said.

“We have a pipeline of services opportunities against a backdrop of opportunities – we’re continuing to make investments.”

Designed as a low cost alternative to owning infrastructure, Fujitsu’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service is a cloud service offering a managed pool of servers and storage with capacity that can be allocated to individual customers as required.

It builds on the managed services capabilities that saw Fujitsu recently form a partnership with

In addition, Fujitsu has highlighted plans to increase its datacentre business in a responsible and sustainable fashion. The integrator is about to open a new tier 3 datacentre, and has plans to add more in the coming months.

“Australia is somewhere around 50,000 square meters in tier 3 datacentre space short,” Vawdrey said.

“We’re also investing more in sustainability of our systems, and advising corporations and governments in the best ways to take sustainability actions.”

Fujitsu added nearly 2000 staff to its headcount in the past year through acquisitions of SAP specialist, Supply Chain Consulting, and Kaz.

Both organisations have now been completely integrated into the Fujitsu organisation, and will no longer retain individual branding.

Fujitsu has enjoyed a strong year, with major contract wins with corporations such as Qantas complementing the significant acquisitions.

Vawdrey said the integrator would continue to look for new opportunities in the market in terms of target verticals, recognising financial organisations as a specific vertical it wanted to develop greater penetration into.

Fujitsu also recently revamped its partner program in a bid to make engagement with the giant easier.

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