Today Fujitsu and Microsoft announced the first release of Fujitsu’s Global Cloud Platform service (“FGCP/A5”), powered by Windows Azure and running in Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan. This service, which Fujitsu has been offering in Japan on a trial basis to twenty companies since April 21, will launch officially in August. This launch is significant because it marks the first official production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance by Fujitsu. FGCP/A5 will enable customers to quickly build elastically scalable applications using familiar Windows Azure platform technologies that will allow them to streamline their IT operations management and compete more effectively globally.
Geared towards a wide variety of customers, FGCP/A5 consists of Windows Azure compute and storage, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure AppFabric technologies, with additional services covering application development and migration, real-time operations and support.
This announcement follows the global strategic partnership on the Windows Azure platform appliance between Fujitsu and Microsoft that was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2010. The partnership allows Fujitsu to work alongside Microsoft providing services to enable, deliver and manage solutions built on the Windows Azure platform.
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