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Fujitsu Australia cuts costs and implementation times with FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite

Fujitsu Australia Limited

Sydney, May 17, 2005

Fujitsu Australia Limited launched today its FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite, a technology solution that allows organisations to build scalable, highly available SAP environments while reducing total cost of ownership and system complexity.

An independent market study* has found that organisations can save up to 62 per cent of the cost of owning SAP infrastructure over three years using the FlexFrame environment. The study, commissioned by Fujitsu, also found that organisations could achieve 168 per cent return on investment with a payback period of 1.6 years.

“Organisations can drastically reduce costs and slash implementation times for new mySAP applications by using FlexFrame,” said Rod Vawdrey Chief Executive Officer, Fujitsu Australia. “FlexFrame has helped some of our global clients free up the significant capital that is locked into supporting existing infrastructure, to be invested in new programs to drive business change.

“This solution has already been successfully implemented by over 60 clients globally. Every organisation in Australia with investments in infrastructure supporting SAP should be as excited about this launch as I am,” said Vawdrey.

FlexFrame consolidates all of an organisation’s SAP applications and servers into a single solution that is easy to manage, scalable and highly available. The solution takes advantage of the grid computing capabilities of the Linux and Solaris operating systems to run a single instance of the operating system and a virtual mySAP environment over multiple servers.

The FlexFrame solution was developed by Fujitsu Siemens Computers jointly with SAP and Network Appliance at the Fujitsu SAP Global Competency Centre in Waldorf, Germany and is the first technology to achieve certification for SAP’s Adaptive Computing model. Adaptive computing allows hardware resources to be dynamically assigned to specific SAP applications. The solution is also compatible with older versions of SAP that do not directly support adaptive computing.

"SAP's vision for Adaptive Computing is aimed at organisations that want to better utilise their existing computing assets and respond more flexibly to changing business conditions," said Geraldine McBride, CEO and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand. "Fujitsu’s FlexFrame is designed to release organisational IT resources, by reducing the cost associated with hardware assets and easing system complexity. These resources can then be diverted towards business driven IT projects that enable process innovation and increase competitive advantage.”

Using FlexFrame, servers can be dynamically reprovisioned to run different applications or take over from a failed system within minutes. If additional computing power is required, new servers can be plugged into the system and are ready to run within a few hours. The initial FlexFrame solution implementation is also extremely rapid with physical installation reduced to a matter of days instead of weeks or months.

“Tasks such as adding new systems which would normally have taken many weeks can now be achieved in days,” Vawdrey said.

FlexFrame is particularly well suited to organisations or government departments using or considering a shared services model. “With Fujitsu FlexFrame, departments using a shared services model can now achieve economies of scale while maintaining complete separation between systems,” said Vawdrey.

Organisations around the world, including automotive components manufacturer Hella KG in Germany and the Netherlands’ TPG Post, have successfully implemented FlexFrame and are now reaping the benefits.

“The combined skills of Fujitsu, SAP and Network Appliance give this solution a compelling value proposition,” Vawdrey said.

Organisations running eight or more mySAP servers are best positioned to take advantage of FlexFrame. Fujitsu can provide SAP services, SAP hosting and SAP managed services for organisations wishing to migrate to the FlexFrame environment.

*FlexFrame TCO Study – Bearing Point, Germany 2004

About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand

Fujitsu is a full service provider of information technology and communications solutions. Throughout Australia and New Zealand we partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu has earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan.

About Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$45 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
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Date: 17 May, 2005
City: Sydney
Company: Fujitsu Australia Limited