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Archives: November 2011

Today I’m pleased to welcome  Chirantan “CJ” Desai,  Senior Vice President of the Endpoint and Mobility Group at Symantec as guest author.
Here is his post:


How far down Virtualization Road is your organization?  Perhaps you are in the early stages, or maybe virtual servers are quickly outnumbering virtual servers.  Wherever you are on that road, you probably recognize the potential advantages offered by virtualization technology, ranging from capex and opex savings, to improved endpoint deployment speed, to greater overall IT speed and agility.

There are risks, however, and some of you are hesitant to adopt virtualization, or to widely deploy it, because of concerns regarding the security of corporate data and systems. With more workers using mobile devices in their work, analysts and experts point out that security policies need to become independent of the network architecture.

While virtualization deals with non-physical tools such as on-demand provisioning, the security threats are all too real, as hackers look for the security holes in any new technology. There are some simple steps you can take as you continue down the road to keep corporate information safe in virtual environments:

Group applications by configuration: On physical machines, one server might host any number of different applications, each with its own configuration. This created a headache when it comes to policy management. The advantage offered by a virtual infrastructure is the ability to dynamically group these applications to more easily apply security policies.

Utilize reputation-based security: Traditional security solutions perform frequent file-by-file checks, which can be resource-intensive and ineffective at guarding against new threats. Reputation-based security, however, draws on anonymous usage data from millions of users worldwide to determine suspect files. Because of the need to scan fewer files less frequently, it minimizes resource usage on the machine.

Implement central management for virtual machines: Managing traditional endpoints can be time-consuming and prone to security risks. A delay in patch management, or a lag in updating security setting on different machines, can be the difference between a secure infrastructure and a data breach. Take advantage of the benefits of virtualized endpoint management by implementing security practices and policies system-wide, to maximize protection of corporate data.

Group machines to control user access: A host-based approach allows organizations to separate groups of virtual machines to shield various system components, such as file systems, applications and registry keys. This allows an organization to more easily restrict access to privileged networks, and determine access level for all users, including administrators.

Monitor the network: One of the greatest advantages, and sometimes a great challenge, of virtualization is network monitoring. The ability of an organization to centrally manage the system creates the potential for simplified monitoring of the system. Organizations should carefully consider the available solutions from vendors, and select the one that best meets the needs of the cloud configuration.

As you look to take advantage of the vast potential of virtualization, creating a comprehensive security plan is vital. Just as organizations have done for years, working to implement multi-tiered security solutions will minimize the risk of data loss from internal or external sources.


Please find all presentations from the Fujitsu Forum 2011 breakout sessions below.

Transforming the Data Center

Winning Strategies for the Datacenter in 2011 and Beyond: Balancing Innovation, Legacy and Market Dynamics

IT must go from ‘reactive’ to ‘proactive’ and become a net contributor to the company’s success. At Fujitsu Forum 2011, Thomas Meyer, Vice President EMEA Systems and Infrastructure Solutions at IDC, discusses how CIOs can reshape the datacenter effectively, deciding on the right path and picking the right elements for optimization to remain competitive.

How to Implement Data Protection More Efficiently – Best Practice from Helsana

What is the right way to organize backup of data in the future?
How can organizations consolidate tape environments?
How should companies implement disaster recovery for backup environments?
How can deduplication contribute to efficient data protection?

These are just a few of the questions that Marcus Schneider, Senior Director Storage Solutions, Fujitsu and the CTO of Swiss health insurance provider, Helsana, address in a discussion about optimizing data protection.

Datacenter Convergence: How Server, Storage and Network Technology Converge

Datacenters undergo permanent changes forced by internal and external factors. Michael Homborg, Evangelist Enterprise Products, Product Sales Group Server at Fujitsu shares what drives the change and how Datacenter owners and operators act and react as companies consider what future technologies will be important for the datacenter.

Instant Insight and better Decisions with SAP HANA

If companies can instantly extract business information from their enterprise data, they will revolutionize the decision making processes and even create new business models. In-memory technology based on SAP HANA makes real-time data access a reality.

Thomas Bechtel, Portfolio Manager HANA Infrastructure, Fujitsu and Armin Daubmann, Head of SAP Consulting, TDS IT Consulting GmbH, discuss which business scenarios will profit from SAP HANA and what a smart implementation and secure operation can look like.

Flexible Data Management with ETERNUS Disk Systems

Continuous data growth, virtualized environments and initiatives to streamline storage environments’ operational efficiency all require new disk systems architectures. Frank Reichart, Senior Director Product Marketing at Fujitsu, provides insight into which typical storage scenarios can be better served by new technologies provided trough the latest generation of ETERNUS disk systems.

Raising Engineering Productivity with High Performance Computing

The application of High Performance Computing (HPC) in product development is no longer a matter of yes or no, but a question of optimization of productivity. Today, HPC is deployed in a large variety of industries in product development, virtual prototyping or optimization studies.

Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY HPC solutions are designed to make HPC deployments based on x86 cluster technology easy, highly efficient and productive. Dr. Eckardt Kehl, HPC Program Manager, Fujitsu and Dr. Herbert Cornelius, WW HPC Solution Architect, Intel discuss typical customer application scenarios and share an overview on the PRIMERGY HPC solution stack.

Making Your Business-critical Application Ready for Virtualization and the Cloud

Service-level issues have kept most organizations from realizing the benefits of virtualization for the business-critical applications with the most demanding SLA’s.

Darren Thomson, the CTO at Symantec, shares strategies for addressing the availability, storage, data protection, and security challenges that must be overcome to get the full benefits of virtualization for Tier-1 applications. He shares some real-world best practices and break-through technologies that can prepare companies to take virtualization as far as it can go.


A Holistic View on Security

Data center security is critical. While information security is mostly seen as virus or hacking topic, companies need to do more in order to have a compliant data center.

Michael Weiland, Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu Technology Solutions explains how Fujitsu’s broad and in-depth experience can help companies comply with laws and regulations.


Boosting Workplace Productivity

Virtual Client Computing – Hype or Hope?

Virtual client computing is a hot topic today. For some people, cloud computing is just hype, for others it is the hope of finally being able to optimize their workplace environments. The broad variety of existing technologies does not make things easy.

Which technology for which purpose? Which concept for which user type to achieve the optimum user experience? How can organizations optimize their infrastructure? How can they minimize management efforts? What access devices should companies use at the endpoint? And finally, how should they introduce the final solution, for fast and at minimum risk? These are some of the many questions that Gernot Fels, Principal Product Marketing Manager, addresses.

Workplace Systems: Technology, Trends and Financing Options

In today’s competitive environment, businesses need a productive workforce and a flexible work environment with manageable costs. Modern workplaces can lay the foundation for the future. Innovative Workplace Devices and Solutions support Fujitsu’s Global IT Portfolio across all layers of offerings and are the tools which you use to leverage your productivity.

Barbara d’Introno, Director Product Marketing Workplace Systems and Neil Whitelock, Head of Financial Services, Fujitsu will introduce Fujitsu’s workplace systems portfolio, the latest innovations and values that make the workplace more efficient and cost-effective.

Future of End-User IT: Value with Choice, Productivity with Payoffs

Cloud, consumerization, social media and mobile devices are all changing end-user IT demands. Information has taken over from process in importance to achieving productivity and efficiency. At the heart of user requirements are experience, collaboration, data analysis, customer interfaces, and knowledge-worker enablement. In each, the value of differentiation outweighs the need for integration: that’s why individuals are taking greater responsibility for their personal IT environment. And they are being served: mobile devices have boomed, cloud applications are easy to use, public data stores are accessible to all, and commercial services are flexible to consume on-demand. Source of technology provision is on its way out of the enterprise and into the public consumer, reshaping the remit of the corporate IT functions.

Glen Koskela, Chief Technology Officer Nordic, Fujitsu explains how to reshape end-user IT to manage choice and where to focus the lifetime spend when end-user IT value is driven by payoffs, not by enforced rules.

Achieving New Levels of Business Collaboration

Traditional one-to-one communication is accelerating towards broader one-to-many and many-to-many conversations. This shift is being enabled by the growth in networked mobile devices and applications. As a result, organizations can achieve new levels of agility and collaboration, made possible by a versatile and dynamic range of tools and technologies, including conferencing, video streaming and social networking.

Andrew Davidson, Head of Marketing, Networks Solutions Division, Fujitsu UK & Ireland looks at how these collaborative tools are transforming working practices and opening up new, richer interactions both within and between organizations.

The Workplace of the Future

The workplace can be anywhere and anyone can be a collaborator in a virtually-linked world. The workplace of the future is the flexible ecosystem that enables productivity and efficiency in work-flow while adapting to ever-changing needs of individual users and our environment.

Reshaping the workplace is the single greatest opportunity for organizations to attract and employ the productive capability of tomorrow’s workforce. What was once keyboard data entry is likely soon a neural link and email gives way to virtual presence and real-time group processing. Where output was once a document, it becomes orchestrated actions directly on the factory production line, in consumer’s home or in hospital operating theater.

Michael Ricks, Technology & Business Futurist discusses how the workplace of the future seamlessly combines technology, services and connectivity, and how the workplace becomes increasingly important as it grows from a collection of tools to a holistic enabler and the closest link between us and our world.


The Future of Productivity and Social Media – Office 2010 and Beyond

For enterprises, Microsoft´s Office is the standard software for productivity and collaboration. With Office 2010, Microsoft has defined a new level for increasing employee´s productivity, to foster collaboration across the organization and beyond and to build the platform for social exchange.

Gerhard Otterbach, Global Client Director, Microsoft Germany demonstrates how to make Office Collaboration available across platforms and devices, providing an outlook of the next wave of Office.

Tablets “Do Business”

2011 has been the year of tablets. Touch-based devices dominate the front pages of magazines and retail flyers. Almost everyone seems to be drawn to this new class of devices, but IT departments see difficulties integrating them into their networks. IT departments are mainly concerned about the lack of enterprise security and manageability with these devices.

When implemented properly, touch-based devices can provide seamless sales force automatization, CRM and vertical applications. Organizations can easily integrate tablets without any additional IT effort and cost.

Meinolf Althaus, Client Portfolio and Innfovation, Fujitsu Technology Solutions presents customer use cases addressing these concerns, explains the planning requirements and how touch-based devices can achieve the targeted benefits and efficiency improvements.

Be inspired by how tablets can “Do Business” with solutions.

Customized Product Solutions Boosting Enterprise Growth

How can organizations implement the latest IT innovations while saving money for the roll-outs?

Paul Flemming, Fujitsu explains how DeskView Load industrialized services enable fast rollout of personalized client devices to different locations. Based on individual requirements, Fujitsu can conjointly build up specific loads, even with roadmap changes or systems.

Harvesting Cloud Benefits

Can You Really Have a “Cloud Strategy”?

Some analysts and suppliers have talked about the implied need for organizations to have a “cloud strategy”. Jeremy Worrell, Director of Cloud Computing, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, discusses the practicalities of designing a cloud strategy and how the cloud might even come to replace strategy.

Security, Privacy and Risk Standards of Operating in the Cloud

Love it or loathe it, cloud services are an inevitable part of our future.

But how do you know the cloud is safe? Where does all that data go? How can you be confident that you’ve signed up to a reputable supplier? Just what does a good Cloud service look like?

David Robinson, Chief Security Officer and Director Information Security Business Unit, Fujitsu UK & Ireland addresses these questions and provides insight in this area along with a pragmatic approach to ensuring you obtain or apply commensurate security to your cloud services.

The Sky is not the Limit – Opportunities Below, In and Above the Clouds

Cloud implementations are no longer a question of “if” but rather “when”.

André Kiehne, Vice President, Cloud Business, Fujitsu, discusses use case of how some companies are already leading the pack successfully by utilizing cloud technologies to improve their business considerably.

Utilizing Infrastructure from Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform

With the advent of the Fujitsu’s Global Cloud Patform (FGCP), Fujitsu makes it easy to leverage cloud applications either in standalone mode or as “add-ons” to your existing IT infrastructure.

Scott Rupprecht, Lead Architect – Infrastructure as a Service, Fujitsu gives examples of how you can easily leverage FGCP capability for augmenting existing IT applications, creating completely new applications, or migrating from one platform to another.

With FGCP, companies can move quickly from just the glimmer of an idea to a proof of concept, pilot, and finally production in a fraction of the time with significantly reduced cost. Now areas like collaboration, training, content management, and even “quick fixes” to legacy applications are easy to implement.

How to Acquire, Build, and Pay for your own Cloud

You want to build your own Cloud. The idea seems daunting. How will you integrate it into your existing infrastructure, and how will you pay for it?

Patrick C. Echle, Director Product Marketing, Fujitsu and Dr. Markus Leberecht, Datacenter Solution Architect, Intel make it easy to get started on your Cloud journey by utilizing Fujitsu’s Dynamic Infrastructures and looking at best practices and real-life experiences from existing customer projects. They explain how virtualization technologies and other tools enable cloud computing and how innovative financing solutions will help pave the way for the future.

The Private Cloud Initiative from Fujitsu and VMware

IT infrastructures have become too complex and brittle to keep pace with the dynamism of business today. 70% of current IT investment remains focused on maintenance, leaving little resources for innovation. With users clamoring for faster response times and management demanding lower costs, IT needs a better strategy.

Cloud computing offers a new model that cuts through IT complexity by leveraging the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. Chris De Vere, Senior Cloud Business Development Manager EMEA, VMware outlines how Fujitsu and VMware are partnering to help customers and partners to manage the transition to the cloud computing area.

Next Generation Software – Fujitsu’s ISV Cloud Program

The software industry is at a turning point. ISVs need to urgently consider undertaking a Cloud journey to offer their customers SaaS solutions in order to stay in the game.
Fujitsu enables ISVs to start a cloud business by helping turn traditional license-based Software into a SaaS solution. Fujitsu’s ISV Cloud Program is unique and comprehensive as it provides the entire technical tool-set, the platform and a marketplace. Björn Kreutzfeld, Head of PaaS & ISV Business, Fujitsu explains Fujitsu’s new program and examines five real ISV cases at Fujitsu Forum 2011.

Making the Cloud Real

One year later, Australia’s first Public Cloud is now a reality. For organizations about to embark into the cloud, there are many aspects to consider.

Craig Baty, Exec. GM & CTO, Fujitsu ANZ, details the cloud journey that Fujitsu has undertaken both locally and worldwide. What would they have done differently, what did they do right and what is the reality of cloud available in Australia today?

Craig addresses what Fujitsu’s customers wanted, what it took to build the cloud , what was delivered, what customers used the cloud for and the industry response.

Optimizing Operations through Managed Services

How Fujitsu Supports Campofrio Strategy and New European SAP Implementation

Campofrio Food Group (CFG), the major processed-meat producer in Europe, needed a standardized, managed infrastructure across Europe to support the company’s growth strategy.

Fabio di Capua, CTO Campofrio Food Group, explains how CFG was able to quickly and efficiently support new acquisitions to grow the company. A highly standardized managed infrastructure for SAP from Fujitsu, IU4SAP, delivers a scalable service, easy to adapt to new business functionality and requirements. The financial model, based on managed transactions per month, provides predictability and visibility which facilitates payment for use and a mechanism for variability up and down.

Face IT: Fujitsu’s Well-managed Workplace “now2” combines Cost Effectiveness with End-user Satisfaction

Fujitsu’s New Office Workplace (now2) covers Fujitsu’s internal IT workplace management throughout its lifecycle.

Murat Güven, Program Manager for Workplace at Fujitsu, explains how Fujitsu is taking its own medicine. Standardization and automation ensure highest service quality and raises Fujitsu’s end users’ productivity, while reducing risks and costs.


Turn Mobile Complexity into Improved Business Performance

Enterprise adoption of smartphones and tablets continues to grow, and employees are increasingly bringing their own devices to the workplace. As a result, the diversity of devices, mobile operating systems and applications is growing rapidly. Furthermore, employees are now taking their company’s information resources with them into unmanaged territory. How can you support such an increasingly complex and non-standard environment efficiently while safeguarding corporate data and protecting privacy and at the same time improve your business? To successfully transform and improve the financial performance in many companies requires structural changes where knowledge and business intelligence will drive scalable efficiency and learning. This session will help you understand how to leverage your mobile infrastructure to drive corporate learning and to equip your employees with the required knowledge to make the best decisions and increase corporate responsiveness.

Managed Services Contract closed – what happens next?

What are the best practices when transitioning from IT service delivery to Fujitsu Managed Services – either from your internal IT organization or from another service provider?

Andreas Wernecke, Director Data Center Services, Fujitsu explains that companies should have a well-defined governance mode, focus on knowledge transfer projects to reshape your IT environment according to your business needs, and clear communication.

Driving Business Performance with Industry Solutions

Biometric Solutions – Has Biometrics in the Enterprise Come of Age?

Biometrics, the science of identifying people by physical or behavioral characteristics, has been a successful technology in criminal justice for decades. It has increasingly become commonplace when travelling and even in interactions with many civil government organizations.

The enterprise has been slower to adopt the use of biometrics, but recently the investment case has begun to swing in favor of commercial deployments in both staff and customer facing systems. Companies are eager to benefit from biometric deployments, realizing improved security and data protection compliance, coupled with an ability to reduce costs through automation.

Dr. Alex Bazin, Head of Biometrics, Fujitsu examines those areas of commercial life where biometric systems are becoming increasingly commonplace: customer contact centers, time and attendance systems, password management and logical access control. He also discusses how biometrics might be affected by the trend of the moment, cloud computing.

Retail as a Service – Transforming the Store IT Operating Model

Fujitsu aims to transform the traditional store IT operating model. To do so, Fujitsu is offering end-to-end retail solutions, including store hardware, software, services and flexible infrastructure, priced on a pay-as-yougo subscription basis.

The benefits for the retailer include reduced TCO, moving capital cost to operating cost, faster and lower cost technology updates and increased control over multiple vendors. Retail-as-a-Service is not confined to the store and will extend over time to include the wider enterprise including key business and back office systems.
Using real customer deployments as examples, Richard Clarke, Vice President Global Retail Strategy, describes this new offering and how it will revolutionize the way retailers develop, deploy and pay for their core IT solutions.

Operational Performance in Financial Institutions with Smart Capture Solutions and Process Improvement

Financial institutions use, within their business processes, multiple and heterogeneous sources of information with different agents, processes of validation and systems. They use different tools to capture, classify, extract, validate and export information as well as tools to design and develop flows as they reach higher levels of efficiency, response speeds, and minimize risks.

Because they rely on paper to meet regulatory requirements, financial institutions have an urgent need to optimize these business processes to maintain a high competitive edge in the quality of the customer service and reduce operating costs. Juan Angulo Lopez-Dóriga, Applications Services Director, Fujitsu presents a case study describing how companies can improve business process efficiency in the Financial sector.

Innovation and Future of IT in Healthcare

Technology has an important role in almost every industry. There’s a great opportunity for Healthcare to benefit from technology, and Fujitsu is leading the technology edge with several innovations for the industry.

Dr. Lester Russell, Global Chief Medical Officer, Fujitsu explains how Fujitsu’s innovations will shape the future for the Healthcare industry, sharing some examples from recent projects with customers in the UK, Europe, Japan and other countries across the world.

ECM – Innovation for the Public Sector

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a powerful and modern IT-instrument for all administration areas where the business processes are primarily document-based. ECM can assist in many different situations including legally required long-term archiving, document-management, files and business transactions as well as supporting the organization in processing these transactions. Recognizing the advantages and needs of continuous digital processes, the Public Sector in Germany is highly innovative in matters of security, performance and effectiveness.

Dr. Knuth Lange, Principal IT-Consultant, Fujitsu presents examples of some of Fujitsu’s Public Sector customers in Germany and their solutions for Input-Management, Document-Management and -Preservation. Apart from the technical aspects of an ECM-project, the organizational and human factors play a major part and are therefore highlighted by Fujitsu’s Strategic IT-Consulting during an ECM-implementation.

Cutting the Energy Bill

ICT-Enabled Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficiency is the most promising way to substantially address the global energy- and climate-issues in the near-term. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a leading enabler of energy-efficiency by limiting the carbon footprint of the ICT sector itself but also by providing the basis to increase efficiency in other sectors.

Dr. Bernd Kosch, Head of Environmental Technology, Fujitsu Technology Solutions provides an overview of current technology and expected short-term potentials, as well as a positioning of ICT with respect to the new Energy Efficiency Plan of the European Union.ICT-Enabled Energy Efficiency


Eco-Consciousness from Cradle to Grave- A Major Driving Force Behind Product Innovations

The product lifecycle process from the “cradle to grave” is a critical component to sustainability.

Hagen Alsleben, Head of Product management for Allround Servers and Bernd Germandi, Senior Marketing Manager, Fujitsu explain Fujitsu’s ‘Cradle to Grave’ process using the example of the PRIMERGY TX120 servers and workplace systems. They cover product definition, vendor selection, product design, production, delivery, operation, disposal and recycling.

No matter what the industry, events invariably become a focus for company news and Fujitsu Forum is no exception.

CEO Rolf Schwirz’s keynote was attended by an audience of over 3,000 people, plus many more ‘virtual attendees’ around the world on the internet. Rolf outlined the company’s vision, and the key products and services that enable customers to create flexible IT. At a press conference attended by approximately 100 international journalists, Fujitsu detailed how it is helping enterprises to follow a path of seamless convergence from today’s on-premise IT solutions to tomorrow’s cloud-based computing.


Underlining the depth and breadth of Fujitsu’s expertise in enabling customers to reshape their IT, the company presented a complete set of solutions. Among the announcements, highlights ranged from a new software marketplace for cloud-based applications through to a breakthrough in data analytics that enables the use of Big Data in real-time decision-making.

Fujitsu Forum was also the launch-pad for solutions developed for the special needs of small and mid-size businesses – helping them gain greater business velocity by simultaneously increasing the agility of their IT systems while also reducing the total cost of ownership, therefore cutting the risks of investing in new technology.

Here’s a flavor of the media coverage on Fujitsu’s news that is already starting to result.

The technology section of the popular French daily newspaper, Le Monde Informatique wrote about several of Fujitsu’s announcements under the headline “Fujitsu Forum 2012: Bringing Customers all aspects of the cloud” that mirrors Fujitsu’s ‘Shaping tomorrow with you’ brand promise.’ It lead with Fujitsu Business Solutions Store, which provides companies of all sizes with a single platform marketplace for cloud-based business applications and business processes. The solutions, provided by Fujitsu and its partners, include Fujitsu CRM Cloud Services. The Fujitsu Business Solutions Store provides a marketplace for partners to offer their software “as a service” to new customers. A simple interface makes it easy to ensure that applications are cloud- and Business Solutions Store-ready in only a few days.

Computerwelt in Austria covered Fujitsu’s launch of one of the world’s first multi-node environments for running the SAP HANA™ platform certified by SAP AG, empowering enterprises to analyze vast amounts of data to spot new trends, as well as responding in real-time to changing market conditions. This is achieved by harnessing and analyzing massive amounts of transactional business data in real time, backed by the reassurance of data integrity thanks to a highly available, scalable platform.


Bulgarian publication, Tech News, dedicated a second article from Fujitsu Forum to Dynamic Infrastructures Blocks, quoting Jens-Peter Seick to describe them as the solution for “an escape from the complexity and rigidity of last-generation silo technology”. DI Blocks provide enterprises with a modular, step-by-step approach towards consolidating and reshaping their datacenters. Enterprises gain a competitive edge from DI Blocks by ensuring that their IT operations are always available to meet changing business needs, and ready for on-premise private cloud infrastructures.


German’s Silicon.de also picked up on ‘all things cloud’ in its headline quoting Rolf Schwirtz: “Cloud is just a Delivery Model,” and additionally covered FlexFrame Compact for SAP solutions, that enable mid-size organizations to enjoy better business performance and guarantee high availability of their SAP® business applications. Fujitsu FlexFrame Compact for SAP solutions is a new entry-level version of the fully-virtualized infrastructure already used by more than 250 large enterprises to optimize their entire SAP solution environments – including servers, virtual machines, storage and networks – and to help reduce total cost of ownership.


NotebookItalia blog from Italy, on the other hand, has already produced a picture story and technology demo on Fujitsu’s first Android Slate PC, ideal for running VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) applications. This extends the use of corporate data into the field by enabling secure, protected access to a personal virtual machine running business applications, while all sensitive data remains safe behind corporate firewalls. The concept underlines one of the ways that Fujitsu is helping drive the strategic shift to network-edge access devices, using cloud-based processing power. Adding a new dimension to protecting corporate data, the slate PC is also waterproof.

The Fujitsu Forum 2011 is a great success for all things Cloud. My personal impression from many talks with attendants: The Cloud is a central topic that will accompany us for a long time to come.

With the technology press, analysts and IT companies over the past few years talking about little else but virtualization, I didn’t think there was much more I could learn about it. Yet visiting the demo center at the Fujitsu Forum, I wandered past the virtualization area and was surprised.

Fujitsu’s Zero Clients are on display and they look really impressive. The idea behind them is that enterprises can improve security and efficiency by virtualizing the desktop environment, while their employees have the flexibility to ‘plug-and-play’ – accessing the applications and data they need for work wherever they need to, without having to carry a laptop wherever they go. This really meets the needs of certain industries, in particular those struggling under the data protection and reputational problem of data-loaded devices left on trains, stolen or hacked. Another benefit for the enterprise is that Fujitsu’s thin client solutions work with a wide range of hypervisors, making them easily integrated into most enterprise infrastructure.

Also in the virtualization zone the team is showing off private cloud solutions aimed at businesses ready to made the journey from virtualization to cloud.

In the Managed Services zone next door, you can see managed workplace solutions and managed maintenance that will work across a heterogenous environment. The team showed me how the support process works, from opening a call, processing it and routing it to an onsite technician. Cleverly, the technician gets the information he or she needs direct to their smartphone, ensuring problems are resolved a quickly and efficiently as possible.