Microsoft, Fujitsu Expand Global Alliance

The two companies announced the expansion of a global alliance that extends Fujitsu's commitment to build a .Net version of its enterprise infrastructure offering.

Microsoft Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. Tuesday announced the expansion of a global alliance that extends Fujitsus commitment to build a .Net version of its enterprise infrastructure offering, among other things, the companies said.

The alliance represents an expansion of the companies agreement to support Windows enterprise infrastructure and application solutions, focusing on the .Net Framework and .Net Enterprise Servers.

Essentially, Fujitsu has agreed to build a .Net version of Interstage, the companys enterprise infrastructure solution. Interstage for .Net will enable developers to more easily build .Net-based enterprise applications, and also will assist IT users to connect heterogeneous environments and leverage legacy systems with .Net solutions, the companies said.

Fujitsi said that under this agreement its primary IT platform, consulting and services units and affiliates – including Fujitsu Technology Solutions Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Fujitsu Consulting and Fujitsu Services – will be combined into a unified corporate alliance structure to serve as a source for .Net solutions and expertise.

Fujitsu said the Interstage for .Net middleware product will support Web services. And the Tokyo-based company will offer .Net-based services and solutions that use not only the .Net Framework, but also Visual Studio .Net and .Net Enterprise Servers, Fujitsu officials said. In addition, Fujitsu will deliver a Web service solution for the insurance industry, called iFirst, on .Net.

The companies also will collaborate on delivering disaster recovery and fault-tolerant solutions for Microsoft Exchange on Fujitsu servers and backup solutions for SQL Server on Fujitsu storage systems.

In addition, the companies will focus on developing mobile solutions that incorporate both their technologies, they said.

"The initiative were focused on together, particularly XML Web services and mobility, are critical to delivering a new level of agility and value to businesses worldwide," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, in a statement.

"This alliance will allow our Windows customers to enjoy comprehensive and productive development tools, such as Microsofts Visual Studio .Net and Fujitsus NetCOBOL for .Net, as well as mission-critical Web services processing," said Junil Maeyama, Fujitsus senior vice president of strategy for the companys Platforms Business Group, in a statement.