Fujitsu has announced a special trial program for its Cloud offering at vForum 2011 in Sydney that offers free access to independent software vendors (ISVs) and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
Over the next three months, organisations can access Fujitsu's Cloud Platform, which includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) hosted in Fujitsu's Australian data centres, as part of a free two-month trial.
This permits organisations to try before they buy and to experience the breadth of the solutions on offer at no charge or risk.
As the world's third-largest IT services provider, Fujitsu is well positioned to provide enterprise class, secure and highly available compute, storage, and network capacity via a web-based, self-service portal.
Craig Baty, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand executive general manager and chief technology officer, said, "Since we went live with our Cloud in September 2010 we have had a high level of interest from enterprise and government customers.
"We have introduced this trial offer as an added incentive that will appeal to smaller organisations such as ISVs and SMEs to drive the development and use of Australian applications. It will also allow organisations of all sizes to test the suitability of the Cloud locally.
"ISVs will benefit from the ability to sell their software 'as a service' to a global market place. Our Cloud platform will help them to address increasing pressure to deliver on demand, customise quickly and take new releases and functionality to market rapidly.
"SMEs will benefit from the flexibility and scalability of our Cloud platform, which will allow them to provision ICT infrastructure and services to match the peaks and troughs of demand. They will only pay for the service they need at any time which will reduce the need to have dedicated infrastructure installed that is under-utilised."
Mr Baty said Fujitsu's Global Cloud Platform is built on open standards with published APIs and includes 24/7 global support for the infrastructure platform. The Australian and New Zealand service is delivered from Fujitsu's sustainable data centres, which are located across Australia.
He said the Fujitsu Cloud Platform incorporates multi-tier security for a true enterprise-grade environment. Its browser interface makes it simple to build, provision and manage secure environments for even relatively complex three-tier workloads. Provisioning is highly flexible via a self-service portal and availability is guaranteed to be at least 99.95 percent.
"We are offering this free trial as a demonstration of our commitment to the Australian businesses. We are confident that the platform will deliver excellent value to our customers in adopting it as a Cloud platform to enable business growth," Mr Baty said.
The free trial offer is available until January 31, 2012.
Organisations interested in registering for the free two-month trial of the Fujitsu cloud services can do so by visiting the Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand website.