Fujitsu, Symantec to extend global strategic partnership

Plan to combine Fujitsu Eternus storage systems and Primergy servers with Symantec’s data management

Fujitsu and Symantec said that they intend to expand their global strategic partnership in a move to better serve their customers in the areas of data protection, storage management and information security.

Under this arrangement, Fujitsu plans to combine its Eternus storage systems and Primergy servers with Symantec's data management and storage management software products including NetBackup, Backup Exec, Backup Exec System Recovery and Storage Foundation and its global de facto security offering Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Greg Hughes, enterprise products group president of Symantec, said: "Our customers continue to face flat or decreasing budgets in light of exponential information growth. With this enforced relationship, Fujitsu and Symantec intend to more tightly integrate our solutions and services to help customers improve hardware utilisation, reduce complexity, and improve operational visibility."

Fujitsu and Symantec will jointly identify and provide offerings integrating both the companies' products and services to help customers streamline data-centre management and utilise their existing IT investments. Both companies aim to help a range of customers from medium-sized companies to large enterprises, reduce their costs and better meet their diverse information and risk management needs.

The companies also aim to further expand their businesses with the possibility of joint product development targeting the global market. Fujitsu is currently extending its infrastructure business in global markets, developing unified global brands, product lines and services for server and storage infrastructures.

Symantec said that it aims to maximise the value of its offerings for its customers through its alliances with global partners, including the hardware vendors and systems integrators. With the expanded relationship with Fujitsu, Symantec will be able to help customers further reduce their costs, minimise risk and more effectively secure and manage the information that drives their businesses.