Fujitsu Launches Cloud Platform
Add Tokyo-based Fujitsu to the list of technology giants offering a cloud platform to the channel, as they announce the launch of their infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution to the global market. But don’t expect to see the platform in the U.S. until around 2011. Here’s the scoop.
Fujitsu’s press release says they view their cloud platform as an “evolution, not revolution,” and it shows. Basically, they’re selling the platform on all the usual benefits of cloud services — scalability, low TCO, and flexibility — as well as their claimed 75 years of experience in communications technologies.
The platform, aimed at enterprises of any size, enables service providers to extend applications or infrastructure to clients anywhere at any time. Fujitsu says that they especially see space for a platform of this kind in several public service sectors, including the healthcare, government, and education verticals.
The platform will launch on a trial basis in May 2010, with commercial availability in October 2010. Fujitsu says that at the time of launch, the product will only be available in Japan, with availability to Australia, Signapore, North America, the UK, and Continental Europe being rolled out through March 2011.
Cloud platforms are going to be vital to an MSP’s business in the years to come. But we’re unclear how Fujitsu’s offering will stand out in a very crowded market.