NTT Communications and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Deliver Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, 23 August 2016 – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group (NYSE: NTT) and Microsoft Hong Kong today announced a strategic partnership to deliver a Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution that helps enterprises meet the increasing need for business resilience. Leveraging NTT Communications’ Enterprise Cloud service and ICT infrastructure and Microsoft’s Azure public cloud and ExpressRoute private tunnel, the Solution will enable enterprises to create a hybrid cloud ecosystem that can rapidly respond to dynamic changes in IT demands or disruptions, with the highest level of availability, security and agility. This comprehensive solution will be offered by NTT Communications in Hong Kong and is estimated to reduce over 55% of costs, compared to a self-built, back-up solution.
From left to right: Mr. Taylor Man, Chief Technology Officer, NTT Com Asia Limited, Mr. Hideaki Ozaki, President and CEO, NTT Com Asia Limited, Mr. Horace Chow, General Manager, Microsoft Hong Kong and Ms. Flora Yu, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead, Microsoft Hong Kong announced the strategic partnership of NTT Communications Corporation and Microsoft Hong Kong to deliver a Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution in Hong Kong to help enterprises meet the increasing need for business resilience.
The Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution is ideal for enterprises that are digitally transforming their mission-critical business in a cloud first, mobile first world. Customers can run performance-driven applications and store sensitive data on NTT Communications’ private cloud or in the data centre to support their core operations, while seamlessly extending applications and data to Microsoft Azure’s innovative platform-as-a-service in Hong Kong and beyond, to enjoy boundless capacity and continuous availability. With the use of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute’s secure tunnel, customer data does not travel over the public internet, but is directly connected through their own private connection between NTT Communications and Microsoft Azure.
Mr. Hideaki Ozaki, President and CEO, NTT Com Asia Limited
“Resilience is a big step forward for business continuity. It is much more than data back-up and recovery, as true resilience requires dynamic and seamless initiatives to provide highly-secure assurance to business. Yet traditional solutions can be costly and sophisticated,” said Hideaki Ozaki, President and CEO of NTT Com Asia, East Asia Headquarters of NTT Communications. “Hybrid cloud is an ideal option to deliver resilience, owing to its key benefits of high agility and cost efficiency. We are confident that by leveraging the best assets of both NTT Communications and Microsoft, we can provide best–in-class, highly-customizable solutions for enterprises to build resilience without the hassle of managing disparate IT environments. In fact, along with resilience, we expect our partnership to extend to boundless hybrid cloud innovations in future,” Mr Ozaki added.
“Enterprise CIOs are facing a range of challenges in the cloud adoption journey. The demand for always-on connection, peace of mind security assurance, the disruptive growth of data volumes and speed, as well as managing various cloud infrastructure and providers, are all adding complexity and difficulty to realizing cloud benefits,” said Horace Chow, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong. “Azure ExpressRoute serves as a bridge to connect NTT Communications’ clients of private cloud, hosting and co-location in Hong Kong, with Microsoft’s Azure public cloud, seamlessly creating a hybrid IT ecosystem which is centrally-managed by NTT Communications. IT infrastructure can be orchestrated within this hybrid IT environment for better performance and efficiency. The solution allows customers to fully embrace cloud on their own terms, by providing secure and reliable connectivity, while benefiting from the speed, flexibility and scale of hybrid solutions.”
Mr. Horace Chow, General Manager, Microsoft Hong Kong
For more information about the Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution, please visit http://www.hk.ntt.com/en/hybrid-cloud-resilience-solution.
NTT Communications Enterprise Cloud
The Enterprise Cloud, with technologies enhanced in 2016, supports the enterprise transformation journey as a comprehensive platform for both traditional and cloud-native ICT. This cloud service is ideal for clients looking to build globally seamless hybrid cloud systems underpinned by its cloud infrastructure spanning across 11 countries, among which 7 of them are connected with up to 10Gbps free closed network. Backed by NTT Communications’ global data centres, network connectivity, it enables customers to seamlessly integrate hosted private cloud (dedicated and bare-metal servers with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environment), multi-tenant cloud (OpenStack base) and co-location with SDN-based Layer2 network connectivity. Customers will be able to gain full visibility and governance of their ICT environment, including the Enterprise Cloud and third-party cloud services, through the Cloud Management Portal. It is designed to enable businesses to enhance their infrastructure, with mission-critical system that requires a dedicated environment to meet the needs on performance and security. NTT Communications is positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific report*.
Microsoft Azure and ExpressRoute
The Microsoft cloud supports a wide range of industry-leading operating systems, languages, tools and frameworks — from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle and C #to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at user’s fingertips, so they can build great applications and services that work with many devices.
Azure is built on the same technologies that millions of customers trust: Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, Hyper-V and others. This means a consistent, familiar and stable environment. Customers can move their virtual machines between NTT Communication’s private cloud and Azure as often as their business needs dictate — no conversion needed. Critical business applications can be protected, with managed cloud backups and Disaster Recovery as a service. With unparalleled computing and storage performance, Azure is the best way to scale applications when sudden, on-demand workload spikes arise. With Azure’s per-minute billing, customers pay only for what they use, can scale up applications as often as needed and shut down the virtual machines when done. Azure can handle data-intensive workloads, including SQL Server, SQL Data Warehouse, Oracle databases, NoSQL databases and SAP Applications.
The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using familiar skills and technologies. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Iaas, Application Paas and Cloud Storage Services, for a second consecutive year.
* Gartner, " Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific" by To Chee Eng, Kenshi Tazaki, Vincent Fu, Arup Roy 11 November 2015.
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