Fujitsu prepares for Internet of Things with iMotion Edgeware management platform


Fujitsu has established end-to-end support capability in Australia and New Zealand around the Internet of Things (IoT) iMotion Edgeware management platform.

iMotion is the key management platform of Globeranger, which was acquired by Fujitsu in May 2014.

Providing a link between automated identification technology and enterprise applications, the platform allows organisations to build a hardware-independent platform with multiple connector sensors, readers, devices, handhelds, networks and other sensors, turning real-time events and raw data into meaningful information.

“We are making a significant investment in our iMotion capability as we can see a multitude of opportunities in this region, across many different vertical markets,” said Mike Foster, chief executive officer, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand (pictured).

“The IoT iMotion Edgeware platform addresses a growing market need that will leverage our core services in systems integration, project management, implementation and management. We are well-placed to leverage Fujitsu’s global experience in implementing many successful projects that have delivered very impressive returns for our customers.”

At the global level, Fujitsu has deployed iMotion Edgeware solutions for customers in industries such as electronic manufacturing, power generation, distribution, commercial aviation, emergency services, and State and Federal Government agencies.

This development builds on Fujitsu ANZ’s recent announcement of its Roadmap to 2025 for its Oceania region data centre network.

The strategy will enable Fujitsu to leverage improving infrastructure technologies to maximise performance, reliability, data security and sustainability in its seven data centres across Australia.

“This data centre Roadmap continues our long standing leadership in facility operation and infrastructure connectivity. Its vision is designed to meet the challenges of digital transformation and the data needs of our hyperconnected world into the next decade,” Foster said.

The first milestone in the Roadmap is a planned $10 million upgrade to Fujitsu’s Malaga data centre in Perth to Tier IV certification. The certification, as defined by the Uptime Institute, stipulates how sites are to be designed and operated to tolerate the cumulative impact of every site infrastructure component, system and distribution path. Australia currently has no facility certified to this level.

“The Tier IV Certification process for Malaga will provide unprecedented guarantees of availability for all businesses that rely on cloud-based data,” said Foster.

“Those data centres governed by Tier IV standards will give customers even greater confidence to move more mission-critical applications into ‘always on’ cloud infrastructure. Organisations are increasingly demanding a level of security and availability beyond the level of exiting Tier III facilities for their mission-critical systems and applications.”

Fujitsu’s strategy is in line with a prediction from IDC that Internet of Things (IoT) workloads will increase by 750 per cent between 2014 and 2019.

IDC analyst Sally Parker said, “Indeed the proliferation of low-cost sensor, mobile and embedded technologies is driving the creation of millions of high-value applications, many built on cloud platforms and in third party data centres. As Australia reaches the tipping point for Big Data adoption in 2015, organisations are stockpiling data from these new sources in anticipation of data-driven competitive gains, putting increased pressure on facilities in terms of networking and storage requirements.”

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