Asia Breathes Life into Cloud

Seems to me there’s a lot of movement toward a broader, stronger cloud infrastructure these days inall parts of the world, but I’m particularly struck by the activity in Asia. For example, last year we responded to rising customer demand for monitoring services in Chinaby opening a monitoring station there.

Yamamoto Dreams About the Cloud

Now comes word that Fujitsu, that Japanese electronics giant, is “pinning its future” on cloud computing services, says the Wall Street Journal — that is, to lead its long-term earnings and overseas expansion.  Masami Yamamoto, the president of Fujitsu, said that he expects cloud computing-related businesses to generate revenue of about Y1.3 trillion to Y1.5 trillion in the fiscal year ending March 2016.  Now, cloud computing services only generate revenue of only about Y100 billion for the firm.

Fujitsu recently restructured to reduce its exposure to volatile and capital-intensive businesses such as semiconductor production and hard disk drives.  And now, it is trying to pitch itself to corporations as an all-in-one provider of hardware, software and services a la IBM.

Yamamoto said that the company should have 5,000 cloud computing specialists on its staff by the end of March 2012, and that Fujitsu’s clients will see the benefits when they adopt the SaaS business model — expected by many industry experts to replace the sale of software in packages for installation on individual computers.

“Go East, young man” could be the new mantra of cloud IT pros, just as “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country!” uttered by an American newspaperman, was for the pioneers of America in the 1800s.

However things shape up, more and more firms — East and West (North and South, too) — will be coming to rely on monitoring services to keep their new cloud computing business gathering in the cash. So, it’s not just the end user who will need independent help keeping an eye on servers, networks, sites, bandwidth (you name it), but those very providers themselves.