MUNICH, Germany, VISIT IT Forum
-November 18, 2009 - Fujitsu and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP)
today announced their intention to deepen their partnership
globally and provide more tightly integrated and automated storage
and data management solutions. Leveraging each other's expertise,
the companies intend to jointly develop integrated products and
services specifically in the areas of virtualization, storage and
data management, and storage services and solutions. This expanded
relationship will enable customers to derive greater value and
efficiencies from their dynamic infrastructures.
"Standardization, virtualization and
efficiency are driving customers to rapidly change the way their
data centers are designed and managed," said Roger Cox, Research
Vice President at Gartner, Inc. "Increasingly, they are looking to
best of breed vendors to supply the infrastructure and services for
their data centers."
Fujitsu and NetApp already have a proven
track record of providing customers with best in class products and
solutions and a shared vision of the data center of the future.
Today's announcement serves to underline the synergies customers
can expect from both in extended product development, integration
and a joint go-to-market relationship.
"As IT departments look for ways to be more
cost and operationally efficient, customer buying patterns are
shifting toward vendors with a more holistic and collaborative
approach to addressing their data center needs," said Tom Georgens,
president and CEO of NetApp. "We believe this expanded relationship
with Fujitsu will provide customers with more tightly integrated
and automated data management solutions from an industry leading
"We introduced our Dynamic Infrastructures
portfolio a year ago as the cornerstone of Fujitsu's global IT
portfolio," said Kai Flore, President & CEO at Fujitsu
Technology Solutions. "NetApp's strengths in unified storage align
perfectly with our high-quality, high-performance and highly
reliable ETERNUS SAN and storage software, creating a joint
comprehensive storage portfolio to meet customers' every need."
Increased productivity and
The companies are currently working to integrate NetApp's storage
management software into Fujitsu's comprehensive resource
management framework. The framework dynamically orchestrates
servers, networks, storage and software into logical system
platforms to run applications on demand. It also enables easier
administration of data center environments, allows single console
management of the entire infrastructure, and increases productivity
and operational efficiency through ease of use.
By combining best of breed products and solutions from both
companies, customers can reduce their capital expenditures,
leverage their current operational experience and benefit from the
integrated offerings of two leading IT vendors. The companies also
announced their intention to implement a global, joint go-to-market
strategy involving complementary products.
The companies also announced the full
integration of NetApp V-series with Fujitsu ETERNUS. This joint
solution is expected to provide customers with management and
efficiency benefits and increased functionality that cannot be
derived from any other solution on the market today. It will enable
customers to preserve their current investments with virtually no
disruption to their operations. The first deployment of a full
integration of Fujitsu's high-performance ETERNUS DX400 with
NetApp's industry-leading V-Series products has already provided a
public sector customer with measurable benefits as part of a full
IT services outsourcing contract.
Giving customers and partners from both companies access to a broad
range of best in class storage experts and professional services
consultants from NetApp as well as Fujitsu is a vital element of
the enhanced global partnership. The companies also disclosed
today, that they intend to develop and offer a joint portfolio of
advanced services including consulting, professional services,
managed storage services and maintenance services. To deliver this
service portfolio the companies will leverage from a team of NetApp
and Fujitsu certified storage professionals and global service
delivery capabilities for Dynamic Infrastructures.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for
the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees
supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide
corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable
computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics
to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo,
Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6
trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31,
2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Technology
Fujitsu Technology Solutions is the leading European IT
infrastructure provider with a presence in all key markets in
Europe, the Middle East and Africa, plus India, serving large-,
medium- and small-sized companies as well as consumers. With its
Dynamic Infrastructures approach, the company offers a full
portfolio of IT products, solutions and services, ranging from
clients to datacenter solutions, Managed Infrastructure and
Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Fujitsu Technology Solutions employs
more than 10,000 people and is part of the global Fujitsu Group.
For more information, please see: http://ts.fujitsu.com/aboutus.
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