Fujitsu: Fujitsu closes US data centers operations, might follow suit in South America

Sep 13, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Fujitsu is revising its data center approach to the Americas and has shut down its data center operation in North America. Fujitsu's newly hired CEO for the Americas, Asif Poonja, stated in an interview with BNAmericas this week that the company is contemplating partnering with service providers rather than offering services directly, particularly in South America. 

The company has reportedly exited the data center business in North America (the United States and Canada) but will continue to operate in Europe.

According to the executive, data centers are "not a key business" for the company in South America, the same as in the US and Canada, primarily because of scale and size issues. Fujitsu's data center division is still regarded as strategic in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica are its three key markets in the Caribbean.

Fujitsu stated in a release that it employs a flexible strategy in each region to comprehend each market, analyze it, and provide geographically complementary solutions. As the company transitions to a services business, they will continue to evaluate the optimal strategy for maintaining a competitive presence in South America, including collaboration and partnership with global cloud providers (Microsoft, Google, AWS), while maintaining its current offerings compatible with the needs of its customers and the market.

This year, Fujitsu and Microsoft entered into a five-year partnership contract to expand their existing collaboration and "drive the expansion" of Fujitsu's Uvance business utilizing the Microsoft Cloud