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October 5, 2011

Fujitsu introduces Cloud Productivity Suite

Private cloud offering is built on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

By CBR Staff Writer

Fujitsu has introduced its Productivity Suite to provide UK organisations with a private cloud offering for desktop messaging, unified communication and collaboration.

Fujitsu said its Productivity Suite is a tailored cloud offering that delivers Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync in a way that enables enterprises and government bodies to benefit from the advantages of a cloud-based approach, while addressing concerns around control, customisation and security.

The Productivity Suite is built on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

Fujitsu in alliance Microsoft offers UK organisations the functionality and granularity of Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, but also the choice of how these applications are delivered.

The company said, organisations can have flexibility and choice with their IT resources – cloud on their terms by combining the benefits of cloud computing through the pooling of resources, elasticity, and self-service alongside customisable security and control options.

Fujitsu said the Microsoft’s private cloud offerings provide deep insights into applications, cross-platform support and the ability to extend workloads between private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.

The Fujitsu Productivity Suite enables organisations to choose whether the service is a private cloud service hosted in a Fujitsu datacentre or on the clients’ premises; a shared cloud service with common components shared with other clients; or a hybrid cloud delivered via a combination of Microsoft Office 365 public cloud service for some users and a private cloud option for others, said the company.

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Fujitsu UK and Ireland director of Cloud Services Tina Quenault said the company’s customers increasingly demand a flexible approach to cloud adoption – to have cloud on their terms. There is no one-size-fits-all offering for moving to the cloud because different organisations and different parts of a business need to be treated differently.

"Fujitsu customers can now adopt an approach that’s right for them, with the Fujitsu Productivity Suite enabling Microsoft’s market-leading productivity applications to be utilised via a private or hybrid cloud solution," said Quenault.

With the Fujitsu Productivity Suite organisations are looking to move to the cloud can, benefit from a service that is based and managed in the UK and tailored to meet the organisations specific requirements.

Fujitsu provides options for archiving and full disaster recovery as well as levels of security which can be accredited by, the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG), the U.K.’s national technology authority for software assurance, to comply with specific security policies that may be incumbent on organisations or government bodies, said the company.

Microsoft UK Virtualisation and Private Cloud lead Lucas Searle said Microsoft is increasingly seeing organisations looking to adopt elements of both public and private cloud computing, often using them in tandem. This partnership with Fujitsu extends Microsoft commitment to providing this breadth of choice, with a singular focus on driving business value and flexibility for customers.

"Our comprehensive span of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions means that customers are able to focus less on their infrastructure, more on the needs of their organisation," said Searle.

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