Fujitsu investment in local data centres pays off

Fujitsu A/NZ will form part of a global deal to host Microsoft's Azure cloud platform

Fujitsu A/NZ’s investment in data centres locally is paying off with the news that the company will play a part in hosting Microsoft’s Azure platform in its data centres.

The news is part of a global announcement which will also see Fujitsu provide system integration, cloud migration and managed services based on Azure starting from the end of 2010.

The company will offer its own cloud services based on Azure, including infrastructure as a service, applications as a service and subscription based business services, dubbed by Fujitsu as “activity as a service.”

The partnership between the two companies will also see the production of a Fujitsu branded Windows Azure platform appliance which will let organisations deploy the cloud computing platform in their own data centres.

Fujitsu A/NZ chief executive officer, Rod Vawdrey, said the company’s 600 plus Microsoft specialists would work with customers, independent software vendors and Microsoft to push the new cloud services offering out across Australia and New Zealand.

“We will promote the new cloud services and solutions, such as system integration, cloud migration and managed services, to our customers and independent software vendors utilising the Azure platform in both Fujitsu and Microsoft data centres locally and globally,” he said in a statement.

Fujitsu announced back in November that it would open up a new tier three data centre in Perth as part of efforts to cement its place in the top three service providers in the country.

At the time, Vawdrey said the company saw local data centres as an essential component of its offerings, including new infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.

"It is very difficult to have a strong offering in the cloud area unless you are able to deal with some of the hosting challenges, the network challenges and have the ability to provide all of the services," he said. "We have decided to, unlike some of our competitors, have a strong footprint in sustainable green data centres."

Vawdrey also claimed there could be as much as "50,000 sqm of shortage of quality tier three data centre space" in Australia and added Fujitsu's own Homebush facility was "essentially full".

"We are adding several thousands of data centre space in the major centres around Australia," he said.

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