Fujitsu opens Nordic hub for Fujitsu Cloud Service K5

Via Fujitsu Press Releases

Nov 14, 2016

Fujitsu EMEIA

News facts:

  • Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 accelerates digital transformation, enabling enterprises to reduce complexity, accelerate innovation and improve time to market for building new cloud-native business services
  • New OpenStack-based Fujitsu cloud service offers both enterprise-focused transition and transformation of traditional enterprise IT environments and integration with cloud hosted digital applications
  • Fujitsu Finland’s data centers to power the new Nordic hub for K5 with 100 percent renewable energy

Helsinki, November 14, 2016 – Fujitsu today announces that it has selected Finland as the Nordic hub for its new-generation IaaS and PaaS cloud service, Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. This cloud computing platform enables digital transformation through seamlessly integrating traditional IT environments with new cloud-based technologies. The new Fujitsu cloud service accelerates application development and brings together enterprise-grade reliability, performance and scalability with the cost efficiency of open source-based cloud technology.

A key part of Fujitsu MetaArc, a comprehensive portfolio comprising cutting edge technologies, infrastructure and managed services to realize digital transformation, Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 enables organizations to develop and deploy new cloud-native applications – dubbed ‘Fast IT’ or Systems of Engagement. At the same time, K5 allows customers to exploit the value of their traditional or ‘Robust IT’ installations, also known as Systems of Record, through seamless and consistent integration into new cloud applications. This ensures that organizations can capture the value in their legacy systems when modernizing IT environments.

Customers can take advantage of K5’s powerful capabilities in the areas of application integration and development, as well as MetaArc’s wider capabilities in leveraging automated multi-cloud delivery and management, extended across all popular cloud platforms.

Matti Koskinen, Head of Managed Infrastructure Services at Fujitsu in the Nordics, comments:

“The new Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 helps our customers in their digital transformation through combining the cost efficiency of open source technology with enterprise-grade reliability, performance and scalability plus a variety of platform services. Fujitsu also provides K5 as a Public, Virtual Private and Private Cloud deployment. The Private Cloud deployment can be located at the customer data center if desired, but still managed by Fujitsu to the same high standards as our Public and Virtual Private Cloud deployments. Customers can also use the service outside Finland.”

Fujitsu Finland has used renewable energy in all its data centers and offices since 2014 and is powering the K5 service with 100 percent renewable energy. The cooler Nordic climate also further helps to improve efficiencies within the data center.

MetaArc and K5 facilitate fast-track creation and deployment of new solutions

Fujitsu is providing the spark for innovation, as its MetaArc portfolio enables fast track application development. This creates new value through the digitalization of existing enterprise IT services, achieving fast and effective integration in new hybrid IT environments. Greatly accelerated release cycles allow organizations to more rapidly test and bring new services to market, and stay agile in being able to scale fast, or fail fast without losing too much momentum. Thanks to K5’s seamless open architecture and MetaArc’s ability to run and manage workloads on any chosen platform, new systems can run both within the public cloud and within customers’ own environments.

The integration of UForge technology – from Fujitsu’s acquisition of UShareSoft – into the K5 System Factory Service helps enable automated migration and application deployment/release, and supports all market-leading cloud platforms, both on- and off-premise, not just Fujitsu cloud services.

Open, agile and compatible

By making the bold move away from proprietary stacks in favor of an open source-based architecture for K5, Fujitsu also delivers previously unattainable cost efficiencies and opens the door to lower Total Cost of Ownership. K5 means enterprises significantly reduce vendor lock-in, due to the underlying OpenStack architecture – which is backed by robust Service Level Agreements and service credits.

Available in four delivery models – Public Cloud, Virtual Private Hosted, Dedicated and Dedicated On-premise – K5 is the industry’s first single, agile cloud service that uses the same architecture across all versions. These are all underpinned with 99.99 percent availability, SLAs and the truly enterprise-grade support that is required to deliver mission critical systems from the cloud.

Fujitsu is already transforming its own internal IT estate, exploiting legacy services with new systems for a quick return on investment, as it migrates all of its 640 business systems and 13,000-plus servers to K5. At the same time, Fujitsu is giving back, through software know-how contributions to OpenStack that are centered on enterprise-class enhancements.

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