IT News — Fujitsu will invest $12.2 million to upgrade its Western Sydney data centre and provide more power to the site as part of a wider plan to modernise its Oceania facilities. In May Fujitsu announced the first investment into the project, a $10 million funding pot to upgrade its Malaga, Perth facility to achieve Tier IV certification.
Digi Times — There is increasing demand for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones in the Japan market and consequently ZenFone series models launched by Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer have been in booming sale and Japan-based smartphone vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, Sharp, Fujitsu and Kyocera have sought cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs to develop and produce inexpensive SIM-free Android smartphones specifically for sale in the Japan market, according to Taiwan-based smartphone ODMs.
IT News — Australia Post will officially outsource its end-user computing functions to Fujitsu after signing a large-scale deal that will see the provider support the IT needs of the organisation’s 36,000-strong workforce. The contract comes as no surprise after the Australia Post board last month approved management’s proposal to offload the work to Fujitsu.
IT Wire — Under the partnership, the Fujitsu Managed Chromebook Service will equip organisations with a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to employee mobility, comprehensively controlled by Fujitsu’s managed services. The Managed Chromebook Service is closely aligned with Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace Solution, which will allow Chromebook users to access their traditional applications and data via virtual desktop technology.
Fujitsu is upgrading its seven Australian data centers, starting with one in Perth recently knocked out by a storm in February that will cost around $8 million. The data center upgrades are part of the company’s 2025 roadmap. Fujitsu said it will seek Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification for its Malaga, Perth data center, currently rated Tier III by the Uptime Institute. If successful, it will be the first data center in Australia to achieve the distinction.
Fujitsu’s Perth data centre suffered a major power outage on Sunday following fierce thunderstorms, affecting customers including WA Health. The company’s general manager of data centre service, Michael Gunton, told iTnews that the Malaga facility experienced two incidents during storms that swept across the metropolitan area. He said the first incident lasted 1.5 hours and saw the WA fire brigade attend the facility.
The new cloud service leverages Fujitsu’s IP for the optimal management of systems running SAP software, and is offered via Fujitsu Australia’s Private Hosted Cloud Platform hosted on its secure, local data centres. According to Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, the cloud service offering is unique in that it is delivered “end-to-end” by Fujitsu, with the platform leveraging the breadth of Fujitsu’s capability including data centres, managed services, hardware and SAP application support.
DataCore Software has given certification to Fujitsu Primergy BX and CX servers. The software-defined storage and virtual storage area network (SAN) solutions have doubled in scale and performance according to DataCore. The products are aimed at the mid-market. Particularly, organisations running Microsoft virtualisation projects and mixed Hyper-V and VMware environments running business critical applications like Microsoft Dynamics ERP, SQL databases, SharePoint, Exchange, SAP, Oracle and VDI.
The aim of this partnership is to support restructuring in Vietnam’s agricultural sector so as to make the country a world-class agricultural producer based on innovative technologies. Fujitsu provides this service in Japan and other countries to help farmers raise crop quality and productivity, and at the same time to cut costs. Under the agreement, Fujitsu and FPT will carry out this one-year trial project, from 2015 to 2016. Fujitsu will provide cloud services, equipment, and expertise, and as Vietnam’s leading ICT company, FPT will facilitate the spread of Information technology in the country’s agricultural sector.
BANGALORE, INDIA: As organizations continue to grapple with the problem of how to leverage Big Data as they cross the Petabyte divide, Fujitsu today introduces ETERNUS CD10000 which helps organizations eliminate the major headaches associated with the exponential growth of data. The new ETERNUS CD10000 system heralds a new era of extremely high capacity solutions for everyday data retention and management problems.
Fujitsu has opened a new purpose-built office in Sydney to act as its regional headquarters. Located at 118 Talavera Road in Macquarie Park technology hub, the 9400 square metre office will house 850 of the technology vendor’s Sydney-based staff. Fujitsu A/NZ CEO and executive director, Mike Foster, said the five floor location will improve collaboration between teams. “This move will benefit our people, customers and the business,” he said.
Fujitsu, the Japanese information and communication technology firm, is embarking on a major business restructuring programme aimed at eliminating redundant management processes and reducing operating costs. The move by the world’s fourth largest ICT firm is expected to focus on delivering services to customers in every region of the world, said Tatsuya Tanaka, head of Fujitsu Asia. Fujitsu has carved its business into five segmented regions: Japan, Asia, US, EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) and Oceania.
Dimension Data has appointed Jo Healey as New Zealand CEO to lead its local operations, effective 10 November 2014. With more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, most recently as Managing Director of Fujitsu New Zealand, Healey takes the reins from Nick Halikias, Interim Chief Executive. Sunil Desai, Dimension Data Asia Pacific COO, says Healey’s proven track record will set Dimension Data in good stead as the business advances as a full spectrum IT service provider in New Zealand.
NEW DELHI: At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully won the confidence of Japan’s business fraternity, the country’s IT equipment and services major Fujitsu is planning to bring its social applications to India that will boost the government’s Digital India drive. “There are lots of social infrastructure projects in Japan and Fujitsu has heavily invested in some of them.
VMWare announced EVO:RAIL on the first day of VMWorld in San Francisco and Fujitsu immediately announced their first VMWare specific hardware appliance. There were a total of six vendors named by VMWare who will produce the SDDC appliance (Software Defined Data Centre): Fujitsu, Dell, Supermicro, EMC, Inspur and Net One. Of the six vendors, Fujitsu are the only one to have their appliance available immediately. Dell is due in September while Supermicro, EMC, Inspur and Net One have no ship date yet.
The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has signed a deal with Fujitsu to migrate 27,000 email accounts to the cloud, which will improve mobility of on-ground staff serving communities across the state. The Department of Family and Community Services, which supports disadvantaged individuals, families and communities, will migrate its email to Fujitsu’s pay-as-you-go cloud model. This “aligns well with the NSW Government strategy of consuming IT services”, said Albert Olley, Executive Director, Business Services Unit.
Fujitsu is injecting 200 billion yen (US$1.97 billion) over the next two years to expand its Fujitsu Cloud portfolio in infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, software-as-a-service, and cloud integration service, in hope to boost its cloud sales to 350 billion yen (US$3.45 billion). Cameron McNaught, Fujitsu executive vice president of solutions and global delivery, said the investment will help bring business innovation, social innovation, and strengthen the company’s global delivery capabilities.
More than a year after announcing plans to combine their struggling system chip operations, Fujitsu and Panasonicare finally launching their new merged company with the help of Japanese government money. The firms said Wednesday the state-owned Development Bank of Japan has agreed to invest up to Y20 billion ($195 million) in the new company, combined with a Y10 billion loan. Fujitsu and the DBJ will hold 40% of the voting rights in the merged entity while Panasonic will hold 20%.