TOKYO, Jan. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq:IIJI) (TSE1:3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, and 100% owned IIJ subsidiary IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ Global)—provider of WAN services for corporate clients—today announced the release of IIJ GIO CHINA Service through IIJ Global's Shanghai subsidiary, IIJ Global Solutions China Inc. The IIJ GIO CHINA Service is a cloud service that offers a choice of virtual servers or dedicated servers. IIJ had already been providing the pilot service since September 2012, and today marks the release of the official service. With the virtual server option, customers can select the CPU, RAM size, disk size, and OS for the low price of 350 yuan per month. The equipment for this service is located in the Shanghai data center, and the service provides customer support in Chinese, Japanese, and English. Customers do not have to provide their own equipment, which makes it quick and easy to establish a server environment in China. The Internet infrastructure for this service is provided by China's two largest telecommunications carriers, China Telecom, and China Unicom, both headquartered in Beijing, providing low-latency communications. In the past, communications that straddle the networks of both these carriers experienced latency and interruptions (the North-South problem in telecommunications). With this service, IIJ is able to automatically find the fastest connection for the customer. This is the first cloud service in the world to provide this method of connectivity. IIJ has been operating the IIJ GIO Service in Japan since 2009, and it is currently used by more than 800 corporations. The demand for cloud services in China is also expected to be high, and we have been working on the development of services since March 2012. Using IIJ's expertise in operating cloud services in Japan, we will provide the same level of quality and flexibility in the China as we do in Japan.