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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications provider within NTT (NYSE:NTT), today unveiled the industry’s first suite of cloud-based network services that can be instantly activated online, accelerating service delivery and reducing the costs of enterprise networking. With these cloud-based network services, NTT Com now delivers the most advanced integrated cloud-based networking offering worldwide.
The new services are powered by Virtela Technology Services Incorporated (Virtela), acquired by NTT Com in January 2014. Virtela is a leader in global cloud-based networking, enabling enterprise transition to asset-light branch office networking via innovative NFV-enabled services delivered from Virtela’s global SDN platform.
Offered via a pay-per-use model, the services eliminate traditional long-term contract commitments. Leveraging a breakthrough architecture, these services free the enterprise from investing in and managing a multitude of dedicated network appliances for globally distributed offices. Enterprises can also open up new offices or support short term projects with minimal upfront investments.
These services expand NTT Com’s portfolio of Arcstar Universal One™ - the enterprise network services reaching to more than 190 countries/regions worldwide. The new services will become officially available for sales starting from July 2014.
Transformation to Asset-Light Networking
“While many industry experts and service providers have long been speaking about the potential of NFV, we are excited to become the first service providers to commercialize NFV-enabled services on a global scale,” says Takashi Ooi, NTT Com’s Vice President of Enterprise Network Service. “NFV is a technology to virtualize network functions that traditionally run on physical appliances. Leveraging NFV technology in our Local Cloud Networking Centers worldwide, we can now deliver varieties of network functions – such as firewall and application acceleration for branch offices – from our network cloud. This eliminates the ‘one device, per service, per location’ model, resulting in significant cost savings for our customers.”