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Nov 19 2015

Digitize with Confidence: Fujitsu Introduces MetaArc

At the Forum trade show in Munich, Fujitsu has launched MetaArc, a new "enabling platform" that will help customers take advantage of key digital capabilities such as Big Data, enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things on a global basis.

Among the latest trends in the ever-changing IT landscape is that towards a so-called bimodal IT. Popularized by research firm Gartner, the term refers to organizations having two "modes" (or forms) of IT, each designed to develop and deliver information- and technology-intensive services in its own way. Mode 1 is traditional, emphasizing scalability, efficiency, safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is non-sequential, emphasizing agility and speed. Both forms can exist independently from each other in one and the same organization. As a result, many companies now live in a two-speed IT world, where the use of cloud technologies is now the norm and ignoring or evading them will lead to a serious competitive disadvantage. Fujitsu MetaArc combines the solutions and services our clients need to realize cloud adoption across their entire business. This applies whether in the private sector, with a focus on growth and competitive advantage, or the public sector, driven by an 'austerity agenda' or a 'digital first' strategy.

Technically speaking, Fujitsu MetaArc is a "Digital Business Platform" that integrates the technologies, tools, services and partnerships needed to establish a strategic cloud foundation with a choice of cloud deployment methods – public, private and hybrid. It supports the delivery of cloud-based 'Fast IT', usually driven by business units and generally used for initiatives that create innovative digital solutions. But MetaArc also supports the modernization of what Fujitsu calls 'Robust IT,' thus enabling customers to monetize the value locked in existing data and systems. The latter is achieved by connecting the fresh digital initiatives with legacy systems that make up the core of the traditional I and are usually located on-premise or in a hosted data center, in order to create hybrid IT landscapes which maximize the value across entire infrastructures. Sustained competitive advantage will come by creating a position of balance between Fast IT and Robust IT systems. This approach exposes and exploits existing data and processes, integrating and orchestrating Fujitsu's own and third party cloud services, and managing these alongside on-premise IT.

Unrivalled Orchestration for All Cloud Platforms
Since most customers' cloud landscapes are heterogeneous, MetaArc encompasses not only Fujitsu's own cloud IaaS and PaaS platforms but also third-party services. On top of that, Fujitsu's professional and managed services framework is enabled by globalized, industrialized services to help modernize established, trusted, Robust IT systems and ensure that they continue to deliver value in a changing digital environment. Customers are assured of the same high quality of service, encompassing technologies, cloud solutions, multi-cloud and Hybrid IT management, professional and managed services and an ecosystem of partners.

Cloud-enabled organizations can more easily tap into key growth drivers such as data analytics, while also mobilizing both their applications and their enterprise. Furthermore, they are more easily able to embrace the new challenges and opportunities created by the Internet of Things, which adds billions of connected devices, generating huge new amounts of data and adding complexity to the existing IT landscape.

Joel O'Halloran, Senior Vice President, Head of Managed Infrastructure Services and Digital Business Platform, Global Delivery at Fujitsu, says: "Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc enables customers to confidently embrace the delivery of two-speed business transformation from a position of balance. While modernizing their core systems, Fujitsu customers can now simultaneously leverage both the flexibility their business units need and the visibility, security and cost management responsible organizations require. With MetaArc, Fujitsu reduces the complexity and risks of managing the emerging Hybrid IT environment by providing cloud solutions, expertise and services for both Fast IT and Robust IT systems that integrate and orchestrate both Fujitsu and third-party cloud services."

For more information about hybrid IT and other trends, please visit our Face2Fujitsu blog.


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