Fujitsu plans to invest 200 billion yen ($US2 billion) during the its next two financial years (2014-16) to achieve its growth strategy in business innovation, social innovation and strengthening global delivery capabilities -- and to achieve Cloud sales of 350 billion yen ($US3.5 billion)
The announcement, a year after the company globally launched the Fujitsu Cloud Initiative, is aimed at strengthening the company's commitment to unlocking the business innovation, cost efficiency and agility benefits of Cloud for its customers.
Fujitsu said in a statement that it is well on its way to building a broad portfolio of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS); Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Integration Services. Having committed to a two-year investment of about $US2 billion in business innovation, social innovation and strengthening global delivery capabilities, the company has been busy bringing to market new offerings, deepening its deployments, and growing its customer base. Fujitsu executive vice-president, solutions, global delivery, Cameron McNaught, said, "Fujitsu has a vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society, one where social and business innovation is driven by the intelligent use of information and communication technologies.
"We see Cloud as the natural platform for delivering these new types of applications, which is reflected in both the increase we are seeing in cloud adoption and how it is becoming a standard part of IT service delivery models for many CIOs today. We also recognise that no single Cloud service provider can meet all customer needs, so we are continuing to invest in our Cloud integration services." According to research by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, the global Cloud computing market is expected to reach about $US86 billion in 2016 from an estimated $US36 billion in 2013, and is expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 33.4 per cent. While PaaS continues to grow and SaaS remains the most popular Cloud service offering with users, IaaS is expected to grow at 40 per cent per annum for the 2013-2016 period. Fujitsu's Cloud portfolio includes:
- Fujitsu Cloud IaaS Trusted Public S5: Globally available from seven datacentres in six countries, with a 38 per cent increase in capacity during 2013, and an additional 77 per cent planned for 2014 comprising two more datacentre locations in the UK and US.
- Fujitsu Cloud IaaS Private Hosted: Globally available with an 88 per cent increase in capacity compared to 2012, four new data centres brought on-stream in Canada, Thailand, Spain and Portugal; as well as expansion of existing datacentres in Australia, China and Finland, enabling significant sales success in 2013, particularly in the North American market. For 2014, Fujitsu has new IaaS Private Hosted deployments planned for two new locations in the US (on the East and West Coast), plus additional deployments in six locations across Europe and Asia, as well as expansion in three existing geographies.
- Fujitsu Cloud PaaS RunMyProcess: Now rolled out globally as a key component of Fujitsu's next-generation platform, systems integration and outsourcing businesses following the acquisition of RunMyProcess in April 2013. Based on a Cloud platform that removes the technology barriers to digital transformation, Fujitsu is enabling its customers to rapidly create new connected systems that unlock the disruptive benefits of process digitisation across on-premise, cloud and mobile environments. As part of the Fujitsu group, RunMyProcess has seen a significant increase in the size of customers adopting the platform, with recent roll-outs of the platform to tens of thousands of users globally.
- Fujitsu Cloud IT Management as a Service: Globally available, delivering the world's only unified approach to IT Management as a Service -- in partnership with CA Technologies. Generation 7.5 of the Monitoring service is now available and a new version of the Service Desk solution will be available in the second half of 2014, significantly extending the ability to deliver value and unified services management.
- Fujitsu Cloud Backup as a Service: Globally available delivering Cloud-based backup services for cloud and non-cloud systems -- in partnership wth EVault. New functionality includes an appliance for cloud-connected data protection so that data can be stored in a specific location. This means customers can meet specific compliance and governance requirements for data and provides flexibility on how the data recovery solution is deployed.
- Private Cloud Infrastructure: The choice of solutions announced in November 2013 will be broadened during 2014 with further major announcements for solutions using Fujitsu, OpenStack and VMware software technology. These will be available as integrated systems or reference architectures.
- Fujitsu's Cloud Managed Hosting: This offering serves an emerging new market with strong predicted growth. It provides the managed services for customers to maximise their investment in Fujitsu Cloud IaaS or Private Cloud Infrastructures, without needing to manage the infrastructure and associated resources themselves, such as operating system, database and security. This service will become available in more countries during 2014. Where currently available, the increase in uptake has been very strong.
- The Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform was pre-announced in November 2013 as Fujitsu's approach to managing a hybrid IT environment of Cloud alongside non-Cloud systems. The company claims the Platform allows clients to adopt Cloud services that their business needs, whether from Fujitsu or third parties, and then aggregate, integrate and manage these alongside existing cloud and on-premise systems, in a consistent manner. The solution ensures the required levels of governance and control can be applied to all IT services while significantly reducing operational management costs. With an Early Adopter Program underway, Fujitsu is planning to roll out the platform on a phased approach around the globe.
Fujitsu has about 162,000 staff in more than 100 countries. Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen ($US46 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.
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