Fujitsu and Sun increase collaboration

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV announced Wednesday that its parent company, Fujitsu Ltd., and Sun Microsystems Inc. are expanding their 20-year strategic relationship, to include the joint development and delivery of future generation Solaris and Sparc-based systems.

The company says Wednesday's announcement brings together the technology of two strong global companies to deliver high-class platforms for all possible network computing workloads for Solaris and Sparc.

Fujitsu and Sun, according to the company, will bring together their Solaris and Sparc-based server product lines by mid-2006, creating what it claims is the industry's most complete data center systems family, codenamed the Advanced Product Line (APL).

APL, says Fujitsu, will run the Solaris operating system, the Java Enterprise System, and virtually every major enterprise application. When complete, says the company, the APL will replace Fujitsu's and Sun's existing Sun Fire and Primepower product lines, respectively. It says that customers will benefit from safe and seamless binary compatibility along the Sparc roadmap.

To complement this announcement, Fujitsu Siemens Computers also announced today that it will work together with Sun Microsystems in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and build on both company's strengths and technical expertise to market, deliver and support Sparc and Solaris-based solutions.

According to the company a key collaboration area will be the establishment of aligned industry solution centers in EMEA, which will focus on implementations of the whole solution stack from hardware through middleware offerings up to integration of the applications that customers need to implement their business-critical computing environments.

"The APL will benefit from the technical superiority of the relationship, is a direct continuation of our current, highly successful Primepower product line, and will represent a major element of our Business-Critical Computing strategy," says Joseph Reger, chief technology officer of Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "This collaboration will continue to set us ahead of the competition in terms of speed and agility in responding to customer needs. We look forward to working together more closely with Sun Microsystems in the future."

"The strong acceptance of the architectures based on Sparc and Solaris platforms will be reinforced with our collaboration with Fujitsu Siemens Computers," says Frederick Kohout, vice-president of marketing, EMEA for Sun Microsystems. "Working together will allow us to deliver unmatched depth of experience in data center infrastructure with the broadest product line in the industry."

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