Fujitsu, ServiceMesh Expand Cloud Offerings

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-27 Print this article Print

Fujitsu and ServiceMesh have a new partnership that looks to brings more public and private cloud offerings to their enterprise customers.

Cloud platform vendor ServiceMesh has forged a relationship with Fujitsu, giving ServiceMesh customers access to Fujitsu's global, on-demand cloud computing footprint. ServiceMesh's customers will now be able to build hybrid cloud instances, which can be optimized to deliver IT services at lower costs, while speeding the time to market, thanks to Fujitsu's global cloud platform.

The relationship between ServiceMesh and Fujitsu should prove to be advantageous for the two companies.  

ServiceMesh's Agility Platform is designed to provide cloud governance, policy management, security and work-flow automation in hybrid environments spanning multiple internal and external clouds using a single management interface. In other words, the company offers a way to simplify provisioning within public and private clouds, even cloud infrastructures that span multiple service providers and international boundaries.

For Fujitsu, ServiceMesh brings an ease-of-use quality that will make it more attractive to enterprises to use Fujitsu's cloud infrastructure. The key objective here for both companies is to entice more organizations into infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) ideologies, which are fueling the development of private, public and hybrid cloud solutions.

Fujitsu offers a global network of high-capacity, high-performance data centers, located in Japan, Australia, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

This means that Fujitsu's IaaS platforms have global reach, as well as scale on demand. Both of these elements are important for large corporations looking to reach multinational audiences. However, smaller companies looking to extend their customer base and reach across borders will find that Fujitsu's global cloud platform is capable of supporting small and medium enterprises as well, and that is where ServiceMesh also comes into play.

"Enterprises need flexibility to access high-performance and cost-effective cloud-based IT resources around the world. Fujitsu's global cloud provides the footprint for global IT resources, while ServiceMesh's Agility Platform delivers the unified governance," said Dave Roberts, vice president of strategy at ServiceMesh.

Cameron McNaught, senior vice president Cloud, Fujitsu Global Business Group, wrote in a statement: "We are delighted at the ServiceMesh announcement, which gives enterprise customers an easy way to build and deploy applications across our global network of cloud platforms, enabling them to meet local data residency and compliance requirements."

McNaught hit on a critical issue: Local data residency and compliance requirements, which often dictate where companies can store their data and access it. One of Fujitsu's strengths is its ability to offer a data center within a certain region, which may be required for compliance issues. In other words, making sure proprietary data does not traverse international borders.

That has often been a concern for financial, medical and large corporate entities looking to leverage cloud technologies. With Fujitsu providing the physical cloud infrastructure and ServiceMesh providing the governance, many compliance issues may be able to be eliminated, which should help organizations bound by legal doctrine to build hybrid clouds for applications and other services for internal and external customers.

Other cloud-enablement vendors may want to take note of what ServiceMesh is trying to achieve with its partnership with Fujitsu, especially since a cloud enablement platform that meets compliance and rapid-launch needs may be exactly what enterprises are looking for as cloud computing and IaaS come into their own.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at

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