NTT eyes cloud expansion in Asia

NTT eyes cloud expansion in Asia

NTT Communications is aggressively targeting cloud expansion across Asia to cater to the increasing amount of western enterprises setting up operations in the region.

The Japanese company announced the first phase launch of its new SDN-based global cloud platform last month and NTT told Capacity it is presently embarking on the second phase of the project.

This includes the launch of three new data centres in Australia, Malaysia and Thailand, scheduled for March this year, as the company bids to complete its global cloud network.

It has already set up virtualised Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) facilities in data centres across nine locations, including the US, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Len Padilla, senior director of technology at NTT Europe, told Capacity its tailored growth in the space comes as a response to western enterprises seeking cloud services in the east.

“They need the capabilities for production means and need to secure computing resources close to production centres.”

The launch of the company’s SDN platform is further designed to give its carrier customers the ability to create overlay networks, and combine existing cloud computing services within the network.

“Up to now, cloud has been targeted at this future utopia where you can throw all of your IT and just upload everything to the cloud,” said Padilla.

“The fact is legacy systems are still in place and migrating to the cloud is not so easy. Our SDN offering is designed to help this adaptation.”

Padilla confirmed to Capacity that the company is targeting new opportunities for growth in Malaysia and Thailand, which begins with the launch of data centres in the cities of Subang Jaya and Bangkok respectively.

According to research firm IDC, Thailand has a projected mobile data spend of $1.7 billion this year alone, while Malaysian regulators predict the country will reach 41.9 million mobile subscribers by 2017.