- Just as multi-cloud usage is recognized as a necessity, IT suppliers are keen to help enterprises reduce its inherent complexity.
- Fujitsu is strengthening its multi-cloud integration and operations services by partnering with key platform vendors and training thousands of service professionals to achieve relevant certifications.
Starting in the second half of last year, the focus on hybrid cloud implementations shifted towards the need to accommodate concurrent management of workloads running on multiple cloud platforms, and this has emerged as one of the biggest themes in cloud computing. Whether it is the case of central IT looking for some level of control over enterprise-wide consumption or the equally common justification for the same organization using, say, Amazon EC2 for one set of workloads while using Azure and/or VMware for others, ‘hybrid’ management solutions now need to support this multi-cloud usage.
Platform vendors like VMware and HPE, to their credit, identified the need early, acknowledging the requirement for best-of-breed deployments while also noting the associated complexity that enterprises are confronting. Launched in November 2017, HPE’s OneSphere multi-cloud management solution provides a unified experience across public clouds, on-premises private clouds, and software-defined infrastructure through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) portal, and the company has its services organization trained and ready to develop and roll out the solution. Since then, dozens of platform vendors and managed service providers have joined the multi-cloud chorus, but each comes at it from their own particular market position.
At its recent Fujitsu World Tour stop in London, Fujitsu announced its plans to support enterprise customers’ digital transformation with “enhanced multi-cloud hybrid IT.” In addition to working more closely with cloud platform vendors like Microsoft and VMware, it is also investing in strengthening its own integration and operations services to specifically support such environments. Rather than demonstrating a tool or dashboard though, Fujitsu’s take (in this instance) is to throw professional resources – a LOT of professional resources – at the multi-cloud problem/opportunity. By retraining approximately 10,000 personnel globally to provide customer-facing support in agile and DevOps, as well as in achieving cloud-specific certification in Azure, VMware, Oracle, SAP, and other platform environments, Fujitsu sees itself filling a widening gap in its customers’ organizations where such skills are increasingly hard to find.
It’s not just a migration consulting strategy that Fujitsu is offering. Managed services such as the new ‘SAP on Azure’ and ‘Managed Oracle Cloud’ offerings extend a helping hand on an ongoing basis, in the latter case by providing fully managed IaaS and PaaS on Oracle Cloud and with on-premises infrastructure globally.
When Fujitsu announced a few years ago that it would invest $2 billion in cloud solutions development, it probably wasn’t envisaging these sorts of services. But, with the complex reality of enterprises grappling with multiple platforms as enterprise cloud truly takes off, it may be its deep professional services capabilities that give it the best chance of realizing strong returns.