NTT Communications sets sights on taking on bigger cloud rivals with expanded capabilities of its Enterprise Cloud service
Japan’s NTT Communications is expanding its cloud services in the hope of matching bigger rivals such as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and Oracle.
Whilst not traditionally well known for its cloud wares, NTT unveiled this week what it called “dramatic” enhancements to its Enterprise Cloud platform, rolling out updates to the UK, Singapore, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and Germany later this year.
To help customers along in ‘digital transformation’, NTT’s Enterprise Cloud now supports free and open connectivity between platforms, and an all-in-one management portal.
“As enterprise businesses move towards digitalisation, globalisation and cloud, NTT Com will continue to help customers innovate business processes and create new business models with Enterprise Cloud, which has been enhanced to meet requirements of both secure and reliable ICT and flexible and agile ICT,” said Motoo Tanaka, senior vice president of Cloud Services at NTT Com.
Here are the updates, as described by the company itself:
- Hosted Private Cloud for Traditional ICT
Enterprise Cloud’s hosted private cloud now consists of dedicated bare-metal servers with the automation, pay-as-you-go flexibility and options of a multi-hypervisor environment, including VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.
- Enterprise-class Multi-tenant Cloud for Cloud-Native ICT
The Enterprise Cloud now features a secure and highly reliable, enterprise-class multi-tenant cloud based on the OpenStack architecture, which therefore gives customers an industry-standard open API to control the Enterprise Cloud in an automated manner.
- Seamless Hybrid Cloud Environment
The enhanced Enterprise Cloud’s multi-tenant cloud and hosted private cloud are connected at Layer 2 with SDN, which gives customers the power to flexibly and seamlessly configure the network components (virtual server, bare-metal server, firewall, load balancer) running on a complex on-premises environment in the same network segment.
- Free and Seamless Connection between Cloud Platforms
The enhanced Enterprise Cloud platform is connected with a 10Gbps best-effort closed network, which is free of charge. In addition, connectivity between Enterprise Cloud platforms and data centres is provided at competitive prices globally, utilizing NTT Com’s infrastructure as a telecom carrier.
- Cloud Management Platform (CMP) for Full Visibility and IT Governance
NTT Com is launching CMP for the efficient management and unified control of both Enterprise Cloud and third-party providers’ clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. CMP also enables customer management and operation of hybrid clouds and meets the IT governance, cost control, security management and automated ICT operational requirements needed to successfully execute a cloud-first digital transformation strategy companywide.