28 October 2013
Japanese telecoms company NTT Communications will acquire Virtela Technology Services and one other US-based cloud-computing firm, a statement revealed today.
NTT will reportedly spend $525
million on Virtela Technology Services, with the unconfirmed
second company bringing its total spend to nearly $1 billion,
a bid to increase its overseas investments.
The acquisition of Virtela –
shortlisted for Best Market Innovation in
Capacity’s Global Carrier Awards last
year – is expected to allow NTT to offer data services
worldwide without having to acquire licences in individual
Akira Arima, CEO of NTT, said: "Virtela is well known for its
strong technology, networking expertise, global reach and
highly regarded services. As we advance our Global Cloud
Vision, we expect to continue offering enterprise customers the
highest possible value in services ranging from branch office
networking to large-scale cloud migration."
Virtela’s service activation and management
infrastructure will further enhance NTT’s network
in nearly every country where it is present, and the
acquisition is expected to increase NTT’s service
coverage from 160 to more than 190 countries worldwide.
NTT has placed a heavy focus on cloud services this year and
earlier in June;
the company launched its own SDN-based cloud services in
Virtela Technology Services,