NTT Communications to Offer New Hybrid Cloud Service in Partnership with Microsoft Co., Ltd.

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Businesses can now benefit from the combination of on-premises servers/software and private cloud/public cloud solutions, cutting down data center service costs by roughly half.

NTT Communications, the international and long distance arm of telecommunications world leader NTT, has recently announced a partnership with Microsoft Co., Ltd.

Under the new partnership, NTT Communications' Biz Hosting Enterprise will be merged with Microsoft's Windows Azure Platform™. The former currently offers private cloud solutions, while the latter offers public cloud solutions. The merging of the two services provides businesses with maximum benefits from global data center services (http://www.ntt.com/worldwide/service/datacenter.html), as NTT Communications' Biz Hosting Enterprise utilizes Tier-III data centers and Microsoft's Azure Platform makes it possible for clients to access computing resources whenever the need arises. More so, the Azure Platform also allows for the seamless integration of on-site servers and software with the cloud service. The fact that NTT Communications' data centers are among the most secure in the world also cannot be discounted.

The new hybrid cloud service will have the following main features:

1. NTT Communications will construct and provide a secure, reliable private cloud platform with support from Microsoft, using virtualization technology such as Hyper-V™ on Biz Hosting Enterprise's Windows Server® 2008 R2, which is provided via robust data centers in Japan. Mission-critical applications and popular services, such as Exchange Server and SharePoint® Server, can be transplanted to this new platform.

2. Single sign-on verification and secure access will be possible between cloud services, such as Biz Hosting Enterprise, Windows Azure Platform and Microsoft Online Services including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync™ Online. Enterprise customers can flexibly select each cloud service according to specific operational needs.

Biz Hosting Enterprise will offer seamless management of on-premises servers, Windows Azure Platform and other cloud platforms which enables customers one-stop management for service monitoring, configuration and modification.

With these features and capabilities, clients now face the possibility of being able to cut their costs by as much as half the cost of relying mainly on on-premises servers and software.

Furthermore, NTT Communications and Microsoft are committed to adding new features from time to time to improve the service that they offer.

For more information on the partnership and the data center services that NTT Communications offers, please call +81 3 6700 4010.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications' extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world's largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html.

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