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KIRIN Holdings improves private cloud using virtual technology

Posted in Industries, Large, Private by japanclouds on February 3, 2010

KIRIN Holdings which has various business corporations, such as liquor, a drink and food, and medical supplies, is employing the system as "private cloud." The companies including the system of Mercian which had a capital tie-up, collect most systems of a group company into two of data centers. Furthermore, KIRIN uses those data centers from about 500 branch distributed all over the country, and uses two data centers and a hosting service properly.

The server of the 1st data center which is using the package for Widows/Linux is the target of virtualization fundamentally. Now, about 30 percent of all the servers cope with virtual environment. There is the about 700 number of a server on the whole including information systems, such as operating systems including a main frame, groupware, a portal, mail, etc. Since full use of virtual technology is made, if one virtual machine is counted among one set, the total number of servers will amount to about 1000 sets.

Private cloud of KIRIN is not completion now. Virtual technology is used and concentration of the further server hardware is advanced. The server which is applying as a virtual machine now is about 30% of the whole. This will be increased to about 50% in 2010. Therefore, reexamination of a server network will become the point from now on.

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Marubeni dives into their private cloud

Posted in Industries, Private by japanclouds on January 18, 2010

Jan.19 – Mr. Jutaro Shiraishi who is an information planning manager of Marubeni attended the management council, he explained starting private Cloud’s construction formally and received an agreement, in the middle of November, 2009. "To prepare a server for every application by a management is a cost overrun only by having accumulated the server. Cloud collects servers, and provides assigning required capability, when required", he explained. Officers received this explaining gave an approval.

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NTT Smart Connect shakes hands with Ooyala

Posted in Industries, Telecom by Agile Cat on January 11, 2010

Jan.12 – The company announced to make a new business in Japanese market with Ooyala. Both of companies want to deliver the solutions for Japanese businesses who aim to get the profits from movie market with advertising. Ooyala has results coming from over 500 businesses including Warner Brothers, and expects to have new  Japanese businesses with NTT Smart Connect.

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CTC started "ePromo" as a TransPromo compliant service

Posted in Industries, SaaS by Agile Cat on January 6, 2010

Jan.6. – The company started to sell "ePromo", according to the agreement with Pitney Bowes Software on Oct.2009. It’s a kind of TransPromo (Transaction Mail Promotion) compliant service, and aims to take a hundred million dollar of sales by 2013. CTC delivers it as SaaS from their data center, and will add a payment service in this year.

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Keio University supports Otaki village for their sightseeing biz

Posted in Government, Industries, Social by Agile Cat on January 3, 2010

Jan.4 – Using the cloud computing, the university supports Otaki village in Nagano prefecture. The small village wants to promote their sightseeing business with small budget, and  pays attention to the cloud computing. It’s a kind of pioneer of use case for cloud computing, in the very small local governments.

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RICOH will provide a cloud printing solution

Posted in Industries by Agile Cat on January 3, 2010

Jan.4 – The company announced to provide a cloud printing solution named “App2Me”. In this solution, their “image MP” device lineup will be use in the cloud, not only for the printing but also scanning. 

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BitIsle will give a cloud service for digital content providers

Posted in Industries, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on December 14, 2009

Dec.14 – The company started to the on-demand service for digital content providers. In this service, these provide will be able to cerate and edit their digital contents with HPC environment hosted by BitIsle. The customers can use the high performance services provided by IBM System x, two months of period in minimum case.

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Riverbed will start businesses of RiOS 6.0 and Steelhead Mobile 3.0 in here

Posted in Communication, Industries by Agile Cat on December 9, 2009

Dec.9 – The company starts to sell RiOS 6.0 for servers and Steelhead Mobile 3.0 for clients. Both of products compress the packet data on WAN, and then provide the faster communication. Regarding the price, it will be at $20,000 for one server side license and thirty client licenses.

Riverhead announced the roadmap including Virtual Steelhead and Virtual Cloud Storage Accelerator for the public cloud computing such as Amazon.

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RICOH shakes hands with Novell to provide virtual solutions

Posted in Consulting, Industries by Agile Cat on December 2, 2009

Dec.3 – The company announced to launch pre-services to bring their customer into clouds as a free, with Novell’s Workload Management. In those services, RICOH will measure and evaluate the current system of customers, and then will give any planning to them. It’s also a kind of assessment service, and will reduce the cost of their customers.

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Toshiba Solution will go to Azure with CMS

Posted in Azure, Industries, Large, Toshiba by Agile Cat on November 24, 2009

Nov.24 – The company announced to provide CMS(Content Management System) for news paper industry with Microsoft Japan. In this agreement, Toshiba Solution will use SharePoint Server 2007 and Office 2007 to provide the system named “PressSTREAM DynamicCMS”.  In future, it will got to Azure, the company added.

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TIS announced to launch cloud infrastructure optimizing services

Posted in Industries, PaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on November 24, 2009

Nov.24 – The company announced to provide cloud infrastructure optimizing services named “IT@VSOP”. With those services, consist of “ACS (Assessment/Consulting Service), SIS (System Integration Service) and SMS (System Management Service), the customers of TIS, who go to cloud, will get the view for cost and complexity.

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Major Japanese electronic companies focus in cloud BAs

Posted in Industries, Large by Agile Cat on November 20, 2009

Nov. 20 – Hitachi introduced a Business Analytics methodology named “Experience Oriented Approach”, since from last August.  With this way, the company consolidated processes and skill needed for agreements with customers, using clouds based on their design teams in home electronics divisions.

In addition,those kinds of BA are used in NEC, Fujitsu and IBM.

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IHI Scube launched cloud storage building services

Posted in Industries, Storage by Agile Cat on November 20, 2009

Nov.20 – The company announced to start cloud storage building services with IBM Japan’s storage products. The storage gives the automated scale out services with “IBM XIV Storage System” and quick restore mechanism. Since from 2005, IHI Scube has increased the knowledge of internal control with their paperless systems.

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AIG Edison Life Insurance goes to cloud with sales systems

Posted in Industries, SaaS by Agile Cat on November 18, 2009

Nov.18 -  The company announced to go to the cloud, using their SaaS for sales systems named "Sales Cloud" with  It will be deployed to over 5000 employees, and will be accessed from iPhone, so that  it can be the useful services for their sales and estimation in the portal site.

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Hitachi Software announced to deliver a cloud service for on-line game

Posted in Hitachi, Industries, Large by Agile Cat on November 11, 2009

Nov.10 – The company announced to deliver a cloud service named “Game Cloud Service” to on-line gave vendors. Same as cloud for businesses, the service will provide some of elastic factors to those vendors, such as CPU, disk, memory and so on. So, with this service, on-line game vendors will be able to support any marketing events as well as reducing initial cost.

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Fujitsu announced to deliver "Business Process Manager" for atypical process and cloud integration

Posted in Fujitsu, Industries, Large, Public by Agile Cat on November 9, 2009

Nov.10 – The company announced to deliver “Interstage Business Process Manager V11” as a new part of their Interstage family. It’s a kind of middle-ware and visualizes atypical business processes. So far, with it’s previous version, Fujitsu has the results of over 20 countries and over 200 customers.

In the North American area, the company already addressed to integrate it with a public cloud.

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NEC announced to get the capital increase by public offering for clouds

Posted in Economy, Industries, Large, NEC by Agile Cat on November 6, 2009

Nov.6 – The company officially announced to get the capital increase up to 1.5 billion dollars by public offering, and will invest it to their growing fields such as cloud computing. 500 hundreds million will be spent to the clouds, and 200 million for lithium ion electric car battery, the company added.

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System Lab shows a trade currency exchange system in IT Expo 09

Posted in Industries, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 31, 2009

Oct.29 – The company shows “International Trading System GX” which collaborates with Salesforce CRM, and creates such as invoices referencing any data from Salesforce. The feature of this service means the automated referencing for currency exchange, because of, the over 350 Japanese trading and industrial businesses have already introduced Salesforce CRM.

The Price of GX minimum set is $17,000.

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NS Solutions launches a Web style conference service with V-Cube

Posted in Industries, SaaS by Agile Cat on October 31, 2009

Oct.27 – The company announced to provide a Web conference service named “nice to meet you” form V-Cube on their platform “absonne”.  This service “nice to meet you @absonne” will deliver Web Seminar, Video Streaming and so on, as well as the conference service.

NS Solution aims at one million dollars sales on 2012 with this service.

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Fujitsu reconstructed industrial divisions

Posted in Economy, Industries, Large by Agile Cat on September 23, 2009

The company moved their 400 of engineers into subsidiaries so that the group can get power of specialized industrial fields. With the reconstruction, Fujitsu will focus also on the cloud computing.

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Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) developed a SaaS system with NEC

Posted in Government, Industries, Large by Agile Cat on September 2, 2009

JA is the very large association, and has a business network that over all of Japanese agricultural field. NEC announced that association has started the network system which can be used in any JA shops.

The business of JA groups consisted of bank / insurance / sales/ purchasing, and any subsidiaries issued each of point system so far. The system integrates whole of point systems into same environments.

By the end of 2009, seven prefecture offices of JA will join into this system, and forty prefecture and five million members of JA will join by 2012.

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