Many companies choose to adopt a cloud-first approach when designing (planning) their systems, requiring more and more from cloud computing services. To meet these strict requirements, Fujitsu began offering Oracle Cloud Platform through its data center in Japan. Fujitsu also launched a new service by combining the Fujitsu public cloud, FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, and Oracle Database. This article introduces how Oracle and Fujitsu are creating the future of cloud computing.
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Changes Brought by Offering Oracle Cloud Through the Fujitsu Data Center in Japan
Being connected via networks and the IoT is becoming increasingly more important in all kinds of business. When creating business value, the cycle of collecting data, analyzing it, converting it into value, controlling it appropriately and delivering it to those who need it is crucial.
Fujitsu creates such business value by using the digital business platform; MetaArc, which incorporates the latest ICT products and services as well as alliance partner products for a one-stop shopping solution.
While MetaArc requires state-of-the-art technology, service and performance, it is not possible for Fujitsu to achieve all of these. Therefore, Fujitsu combines various technologies and services. This is the philosophy of co-creation.
In MetaArc, the database for collecting, analyzing, and storing data is very important. Within the past couple years of creating many systems for our clients in this era of a cloud-first approach, we have received the following helpful feedbacks from them.
First, that they must make changes to their legacy system to create a new system but at the same time keep the investment cost manageable. Second, that they want to reduce license costs of databases for development and testing. Third, that they are considering transferring their system to the cloud but do not want it to be used outside Japan.
To achieve a cloud service to meet their requirements, Fujitsu announced a partnership with Oracle for the cloud computing business.
Fujitsu has already launched services with Oracle. It offers Oracle Cloud Platform in the Fujitsu data center in Japan. Also, by combining Oracle Database and the Fujitsu cloud service called K5, the database is offered as a K5 database service.
The database service K5 DB (Oracle) provided via the Fujitsu cloud service K5 has three major features. First is automation of work and configuration involved in deploying databases, which usually takes a few days. Meanwhile, leveraging knowledge and know-how accumulated through its system integration experiences, Fujitsu has achieved a simple, one-click configuration setup. Furthermore, pre-configured security for a public cloud has dramatically facilitated database deployment.
Second is the enhancement of support service in Japan. Fujitsu has created a 24/7 system that provides support to Japanese business bases in Japanese. Japanese engineers are ready to respond to any problems. There is also a Quick Support Feature. Various logs must be collected and analyzed in the case of a problem, and by just selecting the item, this feature allows the collection of such necessary logs through a single click. This simple process reduces the burden placed on customers when experiencing problems.
Third is the ability to create a system using a wide variety of features of the Fujitsu cloud service K5. Oracle Database can be used through the K5 portal in the same way as using Oracle Database directly. Also, combining Fujitsu's knowledge on artificial intelligence (AI) and the IoT allows for creating an easy-to-use business system.
To solve our clients business issues, Fujitsu will continue to offer the best solutions through co-creating services by combining Oracle's IT technology and Fujitsu's best practices established through cloud computing experience in various client environments.
How to Overcome a Shortage of 220,000 IT Workers
Three years ago, Oracle announced its VISION 2020, a vision in which the goal is to become a cloud computing company that makes Japan happy. A company with aspirations to make Japan happy--that's what Oracle is all about.
Oracle has 60,000 client companies in Japan. Fujitsu has 5,000 partner companies while Oracle has 2,000. We are working together to make Japan happy.
Now, let's consider some of the issues facing Japan. . Japan has a wide variety of issues such as work style innovation, overtime work regulations and an increase in the minimum wage and the number of non-Japanese workers to name but a few. I believe all Japanese companies and communities are facing these issues. Now, we also have to consider another important factor--a shortage of IT workers.
It's been said that Japan is currently facing a shortage of 220,000 IT workers and with an aging work force, that number is estimated to rise to around 600,000 by 2030. With 14 trillion yen spent on on-premises systems annually, companies could start to incur additional costs with a shortage in the work force.
In such a society, productivity can improve if tedious work can be completed just by pressing a button or if certain work can be finished within a few hours instead of a few days. This can be achieved by cloud computing and for this, both Fujitsu's and Oracle's technologies are necessary.
Based on the concept of POCO (The Power Of Cloud by Oracle), Oracle offers a lineup of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS to be chosen from to match the customer's situation.
Oracle's cloud services allow for the best choice at the best time to ensure the best performance. By partnering with Fujitsu, Oracle will continue to offer cloud computing services that make Japan and our clients happy.
Collaboration Leads to Discovery of New Value of Cloud Computing
We asked our clients why they adopted cloud computing and what they expected from Oracle. To the question "Why cloud computing," the answer "To shift from possessing to using" accounted for 35% of all responses, which was the leading answer. To the question "Why Oracle," the most frequent answer was "TCO reduction," which accounted for 32% of all responses.
Bearing this in mind as a backdrop, I would like to talk about how and what Oracle is doing in Japan. It has been about two years since Oracle introduced its cloud computing platform to the Japanese market on a full scale. Within those two years, sales increased by 17 times for PaaS and 23 times for IaaS.
For our IaaS and PaaS, we provide the same architecture as on-premises services in the cloud environment. This allows our clients to use system development knowledge and management know-how they have already acquired in the cloud environment. Also, in accordance with the stage of business growth, these services can be migrated back and forth between on-premises and public cloud environments. We place strong importance on affinity between on-premises and cloud computing services.
The most significant strength of PaaS is the TCO reduction effect. While IaaS can reduce TCO by 10%, PaaS can reduce it by 40%, which is four times more than IaaS. Some functions may be found to be missing in a common cloud database when an on-premises Oracle Database is migrated to the cloud environment. Clients incur a large amount of costs and must secure required technology and workers to compensate for such a deficiency. However, with Oracle's Database Cloud, all functions provided in an on-premises environment can also be used in the cloud environment, allowing for an easy yet perfect migration.
For IaaS, we offer object storage, database backup and network security services at the Fujitsu data center. What characterizes this IaaS is its excellent basic performance which optimizes user allocation to storage area devices and physical resources.
Collaboration between Fujitsu and Oracle has led to achieving a lineup of three choices: on-premises, public cloud and "at Customer," which is between the first two. Only Fujitsu can offer these three platform types from a single data center. As a result, we are now able to offer a truly hybrid cloud platform that reduces TCO, demonstrates high performance and has excellent affinity with existing systems.
The offerings of three types of cloud platforms (on-premises, public, at Customer) from a single data center is the breakthrough result of our collaborations with Fujitsu.
With this platform, we will continue to offer the best timing, the best choice and the best performance services to our clients and pave the way to the future of new cloud computing by collaborating with Fujitsu.
*Job titles of the speakers are correct as of the time of the event
Shingo Kagawa Corporate Executive Officer, Senior Executive Vice President
Hiroshige Sugihara Senior Vice President
Representative Executive Officer
President & CEO
Oracle Corporation Japan
Shinji Taketsume Operating Officer
Cloud Platform PMO
Cloud Technology Business Unit
Oracle Corporation Japan