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Fujitsu's ambitious global cloud to go on trial in May

IT solutions provider Fujitsu has launched an ambitious global cloud strategy, which according to media reports will cost the company U.S. $537.3 million. 

The Japanese IT major's cloud strategy comes with four 'modes': infrastructure, application, activity, and content.  In a press release Fujitsu said the infrastructure and application modes are an extension of its conventional services.

Activity and content modes mark Fujitsu’s attempt to launch new service lines to its customers. Fujitsu did not elaborate on these two modes, but just hinted that it would be making new announcements in 'conjunction with key partners'.

Fujitsu has launched cloud-based vertical solutions in Japan for agriculture, healthcare and other markets. There is an expectation in the industry that these vertical solutions could be precursors for activity and content modes.

Fujitsu said its global cloud would offer a standard platform to complement local or country-specific cloud platforms. This would give enterprises a choice to keep their data locally if required.

IT Wire reported that Fujitsu had recently launched local cloud-based infrastructure service in Australia and the UK, claiming that users could expect to achieve cost savings of up to 40 per cent.

Fujitsu's global cloud would be available on trial basis in Japan from May 2010 and commercially from October 2010. Fujitsu said it would also launch the global cloud in Australia, Singapore, USA, the UK and Continental Europe.

Arun Mysore

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