Fujitsu Ltd. announced its business reinforcement measures on Oct. 23, in which Linux is positioned as the basic OS for the next-generation IT infrastructure.
Currently, the company's support for Linux is limited to some models including Internet servers. However, Fujitsu will make advancements in middleware and system management software to make them Linux-enabled, and in 2005 it will extend this to large-scale mission-critical systems, such as banking systems.
"From the lowest to the highest grade systems, everything will be made Linux compliant," Fujitsu Vice President Tadayasu Sugita said.
As for the consumer companies, when adopting a Fujitsu system, it is now possible to select from the major OSs of Linux, Unix, or Windows. Here, there is a merit of the extended flexibility in selecting a platform. Fujitsu's Linux related sales, combining hardware and system integration, are expected to reach 350 billion yen in 2005. (123.60 yen =US$1)