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In a move designed to provide Microsoft with a stronger platform to compete against cloud rivals such as Google it is teaming up with Fujitsu to use the vendors network of data centres.
The arrangement between Microsoft and Fujitsu is one that combines software and services from the two players.
"Through thisalliance, we are providing our customers with a new array of possibilities incloud computing. Our partnership with Microsoft truly reflects Fujitsu'scloud strategy," said Kazuo Ishida, corporate senior executive vicepresident, responsible for ICT Services Business, Fujitsu.
The relationship with Fujitsu was one of several moves made by Microsoft on the cloud front today with its Worldwide Partner Conference being the occasion to launch its Azure appliance and to bang the drum for the cloud.
"By extending the power of our cloudplatform to customer and service provider datacenters like Fujitsu, we arepaving the way for more customers to fully realize the business benefits of thecloud," aid Bob Muglia, president of serverand tools business at Microsoft.
The competition in the market is strong and investing heavily in infrastructure with Google already building data centres and establishing itself along with Amazon as one of the main providers of cloud services.
Microsoft opened a data centre in Dublin to serve the European market last year but a relationship with Fujitsu would provide it with a network of centres it could use across the globe.
The relationship with Fujitsu would see centres for cloud computing set up in the UK, Germany, Australia and the US by the end of the fiscal year. It will start new being made available in Fujitsu's datacentersin Japan by the end of this year.