Fujitsu merges Amdahl and Tech Solutions arms

Fujitsu is marrying its Fujitsu Technology Solutions with its Amdahl IT Services arm in an attempt to combine its open systems...

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Fujitsu is marrying its Fujitsu Technology Solutions with its Amdahl IT Services arm in an attempt to combine its open systems server and storage expertise with a full range of IT services.

The new entity, also called Fujitsu Technology Solutions, will offer its customers high-end hardware vendor skills from companies combined with project services and managed services to enable an "adaptive enterprise", Larry Fillmer, president and CEO of Fujitsu Technology Solutions said. The company plans to wrap non-hosted managed services around its Sun Solaris, Unix, Windows NT, and Intel legacy and Open Systems offerings.

Steve Taylor, director of interactive marketing for technology at Southwest Airlines, an Amdahl IT Services customer, said the days of a single-vendor back-end shop are a distant memory. "We have a very mixed bag when it comes to our computing environment," Taylor said, referring to the airline's Sun, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq systemsr. "Even if [managed service providers] are not replacing the machine with one of their own, if they can bring talent to a problem you're having, then that's [adding] value to the relationship," he said.

Bill Gannon, senior vice-president of consulting at Meta Group said the industry downturn has stimulated interest in the services space, fuelling growth for IBM Global Services, Electronics Data Systems and Computer Sciences.

Although the Fujitsu Technology Solutions and Amdahl IT Services merger does not quite catapult the new company into the top-tier, Gannon said the move does silence any credibility questions. "A benefit is they have a track record in a Sun environment," he said.



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