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Fujitsu launches Infrastructure as a Service in the UK for the enterprise

Fujitsu has today announced the availability of a range of new on-demand Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings including a storage service and a development infrastructure service.  The new services will benefit organisations looking for the flexibility and cost effectiveness associated with cloud computing but who are nervous about the security and reliability of the public cloud.

As well as the new offerings themselves, Fujitsu will provide consultancy and integration services to help customers make the most efficient use of IaaS.

Fujitsu’s storage service provides tiered information management capabilities in four critical areas; storage capacity with block or file access, data protection and archive infrastructure, all available as a service using the right storage infrastructure to achieve optimum cost efficiency.

Fujitsu will be hosting the services using its own high-security UK-based data centres – a significant factor as organisations become increasingly concerned about the legal ramifications of allowing their data to be stored outside the UK. For top security and high performance systems Fujitsu also offers a private service on the customer’s premises using their own retained data centres.

In response to the tight timescales and unpredictable workload peaks of development projects, Fujitsu’s new development infrastructure service reduces the cost and risk of project delays by providing server and storage infrastructure on a weekly basis.  This will eliminate wasted resources and allow project teams to scale-up with fast provisioning of additional resources. Fujitsu is finalising a service designed for live production business systems, which will be available later this year.

Commenting on the new services, Fujitsu’s lead architect Glenn Fitzgerald said: “Our new IaaS offerings are an essential development: we see great market opportunity for those customers wanting to reap the benefits of cloud computing – but with the level of security and reliability business needs.  By hosting in the UK, customers will know where their data is held and they will also be able to audit our facilities for complete peace of mind.”

Fujitsu’s storage and server services use advanced technology from leading brands, EMC, Cisco and Fujitsu, providing enterprise class performance and functionality that is trusted by major corporations around the world.

There will be a further announcement detailing the full Infrastructure as a Service suite in the Autumn.

Published Monday, July 27, 2009 3:17 PM by David Marshall
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