Fujitsu eyes pay-as-you-go infrastructure market

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Fujitsu plans to provide storage and infrastructure as a service, offering the benefits of cloud computing from its UK based data centres.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will allow Fujitsu to advise companies on what they need when it comes to storage and infrastructure such as storage capacity, data protection and archiving, according to the company.

It believes hosting customers' infrastructures within what it calls its "high security" data centres will help dampen fears associated with being in a public cloud whilst providing a number of benefits.

For those still nervous about the security, Fujitsu also offers the option of a private service within an organisation's own data centre.

Glenn Fitzgerald, Fujitsu's lead architect, said: "Our new IaaS offerings are an essential development: we see great market opportunity for those customers wanting to reap the benefits of cloud computing - but with the level of security and reliability business needs."

He added: "By hosting in the UK, customers will know where their data is held and they will also be able to audit our facilities for complete peace of mind."

In addition to its own hardware, Fujitsu will use technology from the likes of EMC and Cisco, which, it said in a statement, would mean "providing enterprise class performance and functionality that is trusted by major corporations around the world."

As a cost saving measure, the company is offering server and storage infrastructure on a weekly basis, meaning a customer only uses - and pays for - the resources they need as well as providing a high level of scalability.

Fujitsu also confirmed that additions to the IaaS suite will be released in the autumn.

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