July 10 Fujitsu Ltd (6702.T) and Microsoft Corp
(MSFT.O) will share data centers worldwide to catch up with
Google Inc (GOOG.O) and other pioneers in providing software
and computing services online, the Nikkei business daily said.
Microsoft, stretched thin in customer support, will combine
its software with the customer service of Fujitsu, which
operates about 90 data centers in 16 countries, the daily said.
Fujitsu will start hosting Microsoft cloud services at its
Tatebayashi center in Gunma Prefecture this year, to be
followed by locations in the United States, the UK and
Singapore, the Nikkei said without naming sources.
The partners are considering joint investment in the
centers, which would cost tens of billions of yen, the daily
Microsoft seeks to expand its cloud services worldwide,
having opened massive data centers in Chicago and Dublin last
year, the Nikkei said.
Microsoft believes that teaming up with Fujitsu will help
it make customers of globalizing Japanese companies, the daily
In January, Microsoft introduced Windows Azure, which gives
businesses Internet-based access to Windows software stored at
Microsoft data centers.
Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud services, has about
77,000 customers worldwide, including Japan's ministry of
economy, trade and industry and Sompo Japan Insurance Inc, the
Google, which invested about 700 billion yen in its cloud
computing business from 2006 to 2009, counts toilet
manufacturer Toto Ltd (5332.T) among its customers in Japan,
the daily said.
The world market for cloud computing, according to U.S.
research firm IDC, will grow to $55.5 billion in 2014 from $16
billion in 2009, the Nikkei said.
Japan's IT industry is hampered by its inability to offer
the same level of cloud services worldwide even as more
domestic firms globalize, the Nikkei said.
(Reporting by Isheeta Sanghi in Bangalore; Editing by Don