NTT Communications and VMware expand cloud partnership

NTT Communications (NTT Com) and VMware are extending their 10-year cloud partnership with NTT Com now offering the Enterprise Cloud (ECL) powered by VMware Cloud Foundation on a global scale.

The new offering will deliver advanced hybrid cloud environments that consist of VMware’s software-defined data centre stack, and enable a seamless transition to the hybrid cloud through the inclusion of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension.

"In the midst of digital transformation, enterprises are accelerating cloud shift from on their own on-premises to cloud," said Masaaki Moribayashi, senior executive vice president, NTT Com. "This service is the solution, on top of our partnership, that will help enterprises in transitioning their applications to the cloud. I'm confident in the comfort that customers can feel using our more secure and high quality services backed by our combined capabilities. This announcement builds on more than a decade of collaboration in cloud between NTT Com and VMware, as we continue to create new value and deliver it to mutual customers."

In addition NTT Com will become a VMware Cloud Verified Partner and will display the VMware Cloud Verified logo as proof that its services are compatible with VMware cloud infrastructure.

By combining ECL with NTT Com’s MPLS service as well as Arcstar Universal One (UNO) and Nexcenter data centres, the new offering will allow enterprises to easily transition to the cloud or provide a consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure across on-premises data centres and the cloud.

"Cloud service providers play a critical role in the digital transformation of enterprises by enabling highly secure global reach, complemented by specialised local delivery capability," said Ajay Patel, senior vice president of the cloud provider software business unit at VMware. "VMware's collaboration with NTT Communications reflects our shared commitment to and vision of enabling customers to adopt the cloud seamlessly and securely, while maximising investments in existing software, tools and talent. We are delighted to have NTT Com offer a compatible VMware Cloud Verified hybrid cloud solution."

Specifically ECL allows customers to move their on-premise VMware workloads to the service without changing existing security policies or setting designs. It will also enable the integrated management of the on-premises and cloud environments for the efficient system operation and strengthen IT governance.

"Enterprises are in the midst of a digital transformation movement, so the migration of applications and workloads to the cloud has become critical. Enterprises increasingly require hybrid IT environments with highly synchronised cloud and on-premises capabilities. Accordingly, cloud platforms must guarantee high-level security and operational integrity on par with on-premises," added Courtney Munroe, group vice president of IDC. "NTT Com recognises that enterprises require a consistent level of security and agility for hybrid IT across the entire spectrum of cloud, on-premises facilities, and data centres. NTT Communications' Enterprise Cloud powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and hybrid cloud extension are great solutions for hybrid enterprise IT requirements, and NTT Com is uniquely positioned to facilitate this solution via its global MPLS network, cloud platform, and extensive data centre assets."

The solution is expected to be available in the US, UK and Germany by March 2019, availability in Japan is expected summer 2018.