Fujitsu and netapp announce plans to expand their global partnership

Published November 19th, 2009 - 10:48 GMT

Fujitsu and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced their intention to deepen their partnership globally and provide more tightly integrated and automated storage and data management solutions.  Leveraging each other’s expertise, the companies intend to jointly develop integrated products and services specifically in the areas of virtualization, storage and data management, and storage services and solutions. This expanded relationship will enable customers to derive greater value and efficiencies from their dynamic infrastructures.

“Standardization, virtualization and efficiency are driving customers to rapidly change the way their data centers are designed and managed,” said Roger Cox, Research Vice President at Gartner, Inc. “Increasingly, they are looking to best of breed vendors to supply the infrastructure and services for their data centers.”

Fujitsu and NetApp already have a proven track record of providing customers with best in class products and solutions and a shared vision of the data center of the future. Today’s announcement serves to underline the synergies customers can expect from both in extended product development, integration and a joint go-to-market relationship.

“As IT departments look for ways to be more cost and operationally efficient, customer buying patterns are shifting toward vendors with a more holistic and collaborative approach to addressing their data center needs,” said Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp. “We believe this expanded relationship with Fujitsu will provide customers with more tightly integrated and automated data management solutions from an industry leading partnership.”

“We introduced our Dynamic Infrastructures portfolio a year ago as the cornerstone of Fujitsu’s global IT portfolio,” said Kai Flore, President & CEO at Fujitsu Technology Solutions. “NetApp’s strengths in unified storage align perfectly with our high-quality, high-performance and highly reliable ETERNUS SAN and storage software, creating a joint comprehensive storage portfolio to meet customers’ every need.”

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