Fujitsus Utility Computing Initiative Makes U.S. Splash

Fujitsu is bringing to North America a utility computing strategy that it has used in Japan for two years, hoping to compete with HP, IBM and Sun.

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. is bringing its utility computing strategy to North America, expanding an initiative that has been used in Japan for two years.

Named Triole, the strategy is similar in goals to initiatives from other vendors, including Hewlett-Packard Co.s Adaptive Enterprise, IBMs on-demand computing and Sun Microsystems Inc.s N1: to create a flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure that is virtualized into a single pool and provisioned and deployed according to business demands.

But while those other initiatives are services-driven, Fujitsus is more about offering customers a tested and proven package of technologies, said Vernon Turner, an analyst with International Data Corp.

"The others are saying that they will come into an enterprise and help them get their data centers set up for utility computing," said Turner, in Framingham, Mass. "Fujitsu is saying, Well build it outside of your own environment."

Fujitsus strategy, unveiled Tuesday in the United States, focuses on three core areas, according to officials with the Sunnyvale, Calif., company: virtualization, automation and integration.

Fujitsu Computer Systems—a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd.—earlier this month rolled out a key part of the Triole push with the North American introduction of FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite. The offering, which involves such standard technology as blade servers and Linux, is a combination of hardware, storage and software designed to bring a virtualized utility computing environment to SAP deployments.

Another example is the Interstage XML Search engine, middleware that enables fast database searches by allowing users to extract data from multiple databases and gives a unified view across those databases, said Richard McCormack, vice president of product and solutions marketing for Fujitsu. It also offers such features as automatic load balancing, he said.

The search engine was released in the United States in October, but McCormack said it is the first component of the Interstage suite of integration software to be part of Triole, being integrated into Fujitsus Intel Corp.-based Primergy blade servers and SPARC-based PrimePower systems.

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