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Local government cloud in Japan is coming to the serious aspect of affairs

Posted in Government, Social by japanclouds on February 11, 2010

Local government cloud in Japan is coming to the serious aspect of affairs. It entered by the end of this month, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and each prefecture announced the plan about local government cloud deployment. They show the very useful system on condition of sharing of resources, and are what should be welcomed. However, there is no perfect policy etc. anywhere. Therefore, media need to point out a problem and need to make people think.

I was surprised for me to read the report of Nikkei. It is because the question from media or problem institution do not exist there at all. Japanese people call their country Galapagos masochistically about the market of a cellular phone. Although it is wrong to criticize only media, it cannot be denied that they are also responsible.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will perform the hearing about cloud to people. About it, post is due to be carried out to later. The administrative organization is more sensitive to a computing era than media in Japan.


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Mr. Takachi of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications made reference on February 4 about the development experimentation of local government cloud by 6 prefectures 66 cities in 2009. And it explained "Economy of scale is born by each local government sharing a system, and mitigation of the expense burden of computerization can be expected."

Moreover, it goes into the stage which invites a public comment by the end of this month also about "maintenance of an ASP/SaaS introduction guideline", and standardization of the kind and expressive form of data, a character code, an external character, etc. is also advanced. On the other hand, the decision is also advanced about the standard specification of service so that the shift to cloud may not cause vendor lock in.   And the negative view was shown about public cloud’s use by  local government.

The local government cloud and various kinds of ASP/SaaS are employed by "LGWAN" which is the closed network. It is recognition called what is called private cloud there.


In order to pull out a cost merit, administrative organization and private enterprises need to use cloud together, therefore consciousness reform is important. Mr. Yasuhiro Yamato of Oita Prefecture pointed out the subject at the time of a local government using cloud in "all-prefectures CIO forum 2010 spring meeting" held on February 4. Oita Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture install a  local government cloud promotion conference, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications advocates is undertaken.

And a cost merit does not come out in IaaS which only a  local government uses. Administrative organization and private enterprises indicated that consciousness reform of using the same data center is important. Furthermore, there is no resistance to this joint use, and the view that it can promote was shown.


February 4 and Hokkaido announced the outline of local government cloud experimentation via a network. 18 cities, towns and villages in Hokkaido participate in this experiment, and it is provided with data etc. It is due to look for the private entrepreneur for building a system simultaneously, and to contract in April. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications promotes this actual proof experiment. And five prefectures, such as Kyoto and Saga Prefecture, participate besides Hokkaido.  As a budget for that, 370 million yen is added up in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.


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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NRI invests 20 billion yen into their new cloud data center

Posted in Data Center, Large by japanclouds on January 28, 2010

Jan.28 – Nomura Research Institute (NRI) announced building the new data center in Tama-city, Tokyo from which it becomes the 5th place in domestic and it turns into the 4th place in a metropolitan area. It becomes a base of the outsourcing enterprise to expand, and is utilized as a core base of the Cloud service.  The construction of a new data center is 19,496.3 square meters. The total floor area becomes a scale exceeding the "second data center of Yokohama" (15,888 square meters of total floor area) built in 2007. Thereby, as for the total floor area of all the data centers of NRI, the increase in about 30 percent is expected. NRI invests about 20 billion yen in construction of this new data center, and is planning the completion by March, 2013.

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KDDI is utilizing an overseas data center and builds Cloud between international

Posted in Data Center, Telecom by japanclouds on January 27, 2010

Jan.27 – "The companies which build hub-and-spokes type global network have increased in number by using a data center in this one – two years." (Manager Ide of KDDI) The movement toward server concentration to the data center which is conspicuous in domestic is spreading also in global network. The communication enterprise which provides an outsourcing entrepreneur and international-telecommunications service is developing the data center quickly in every corner of the earth. According to the motion, the company user aims at the "cloud" system which holds down cost to the minimum and can use it comfortably and safe moreover even from where of the world.

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Otsuka cooperates with KDDI in their private cloud businesses

Posted in Private, Small-Middle, Telecom by japanclouds on January 21, 2010

Jan.22 – Otsuka made a formal announcement to cooperating in the cloud computing business with KDDI which provides software and data services via a network. Otsuka combines the cloud system in their data center and the communications service of KDDI, and makes unitary offer. Otsuka aims a order received from 1500 companies, as their main target small and middle businesses, in the first year.
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Miyazaki and Oita prefectures start the local government cloud sharing

Posted in Government by japanclouds on January 21, 2010

Jan.21 – The joint 1st time of promotion conference task force of "self-governing body cloud" where 10 cities of Miyazaki and Oita prefectures share a computing system. The sectional meeting was held by the Nobeoka Miyazaki local government office, and 120 persons-concerned abbreviation of each self-governing body was present. Eight task forces, such as a "resident information related business system" and a "tax operating system", were prepared, and the schedule which conducts an actual proof experiment from October was checked.

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Otsuka will launch a private cloud for small and middle customers

Posted in Private, Small-Middle by japanclouds on January 18, 2010

Jan.19 – A major SIer Otsuka starts private Cloud environmental service within the limit of the end of May, 2010. In this service, customer’s communication network will be directly linked with the data center of Otsuka, and all connections with the Internet or external service are made through the integrated monitoring center managed in the company’s data center. So, the security level of a customer’s network environment is raised and the use environment of Cloud / SaaS type service is prepared. The small and medium-sized enterprises are regarded as the main targets, and the order received from 1500 companies is aimed at in one year after a service start.
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Will Nagasaki provide their government cloud to other prefectures?

Posted in Government, Private by Agile Cat on January 13, 2010

Jan.13 – Nagasaki prefecture announced to provide their local government cloud system to other prefectures. The prefecture has started to use their original cloud system since from last month, and, for instance, the system has been used by Omura city in Nagasaki. In this project, other prefectures or any cities will be able to use it as a service hosted by Nagasaki.
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A standard specification for local government clouds

Posted in Government, Interoperability by Agile Cat on January 12, 2010

Jan.13 – Local Authorities Systems Development Center (LASDEC) made a standard specification for the local government cloud development on last November. It’s a part of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) project, and any developers who want to deliver services to local government offices have to implement the spec.

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NTT Data announced to launch a joint venture in Tianjin China

Posted in Asia, Financial, Telecom by Agile Cat on January 4, 2010

Jan.4. – The company announced to launch a cloud financial company with Yucheng Technologies in Tianjin of China. Stock share will be at 51% of NTT Data and 49% of  Yucheng Technologies.  Yucheng has already come on NASDAQ, and provided Internet banking solutions across in the China continental. The new company will take this Internet banking services from Yucheng Technologies, and will move it into the cloud. It’s a piece of NTT Data’s China strategy.

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Top 30 on the new year’s eve of 2009

Posted in .Chronicle by Agile Cat on December 31, 2009

Thank you for your visiting to "Japan Clouds" in this year. It’s kind of trial period for me, and will be more useful one on 2010, I trust. Here’s a list to describe Top-30-posts of access ranking on 2009. Please enjoy! 


1: One day sold out – Hadoop Conference in Japan
2: Overview of Hadoop Conference 2009 in Japan
3: NTT Data talked about "Kasumigaseki"
4: Microsoft Japan announced Tech Days 2010
5: Softbank Telecoms announced to launch cloud services named "White Cloud"
6: NEC BIGLOBE will start a cloud device and services business with Android
7: Terilogy announced to make the new businesses with NIHON Unisys
8: Hitachi enhanced "Harmonious Cloud" as a private cloud solution
9: NTT Data announced to launch "BizCloud"
10: A major common paper ASAHI talked about the cloud
11: Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank will employ IBM’s Desktop Cloud Service
12: Linus Torvalds talked in Tokyo
13: Microsoft PDC09 Keynote 1 – Wrapping UP
14: NEC opened "Cloud Plaza" in their head quarter
15: Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) developed a SaaS system with NEC
16: Cyboze announced to collaborate with IIJ
17: NTT Docomo launched PETA mining system
18: David Chappell interview by Masahiko Issiki
19: Intech will launch IT infrastructure services on clouds
20 :Google, Cables and the Future of the Web
21: NEC will deliver middleware "WebOTX"
22: Microsoft’s Future Technology Days in Tokyo
23: Microsoft Japan makes an alliance with IIJ
24: Fujitsu dives into the Asian Market with Singapore Telecoms
25: Google Chrome OS press conference
26: IIJ Group shakes hands with Citrix
27: Nihon Unisys will launch a datacenter in Sapporo
28: Five businesses will try the cloud data
29: NTT Communications will start cloud management portals
30: Nihon Unisys joins to the R&D of Saga prefecture


Have a nice new year! — A.C.

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NEC will provide "WebSAM" to the cloud market

Posted in Data Center, Large, Management, NEC by Agile Cat on December 16, 2009

Dec.16 – The company announced to enhance their total management product named “WebSAM Ver.8” to the data center market. It will provide the real time monitoring for databases and applications, including “WebSAM MCOperations”, “WebSAM Invariant Analyzer” and  “WebSAM Application Navigator”. Moreover, with “WebSAM AssetSuite”, the inventory management will also be supported.

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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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Reed Exhibitions Japan will take place Cloud Computing Expo on May 2010

Posted in Events by Agile Cat on December 4, 2009

Dec. 4 – The company announced to take place the first Japanese Cloud Expo from May 12 2010 to May 14 at Tokyo Big Site. It will be consisted of some exhibits such as Software Development, Data-ware House & CRM Expo, Embedded Software, Data Storage, Secure Information, RFID Solution Expo, Direct Marketing Expo, We & Mobile Expo and Green IT Expo.

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Platform announced to sell a solution to private cloud market

Posted in Management, Private, Small-Middle, vitalization by Agile Cat on November 27, 2009

Nov.27 – The company announce to deliver “Private cloud Solution Package” to reduce the time of employing. It will include hardware, software and service of building so that the customers can be happy. Because of, additional services such as vitalization and management tools included, the quick solution will be provided.

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Secure Brain launched anti-virus services on cloud

Posted in Security, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on November 26, 2009

Nov.26 – The company launched the anti-virus service from cloud named “gred AntiVirus Accelerator” for Windows 7/Vista/XP as free. It sends virus data to the immunity information community that will accept any virus data from any other anti-virus services. Secure Brain aims to gather and use any virus information to form the cloud.

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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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Fujitsu launched a new data center in Tatebayashi

Posted in Data Center, Fujitsu, Large by Agile Cat on November 20, 2009

Nov. 20- The company launched a new data center for the next generation computing in their famous Tatebayashi farm. It has 23,000  square meter of computing area, and provides robust security and low energy facilities. There are some of new infrastructure for the cloud computing, the company said.

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Fujitsu group propose the inter cloud API specs

Posted in Fujitsu, Interoperability, Large, Social by Agile Cat on November 19, 2009

Nov.19 – Fujitsu and Fujitsu Lab. propose “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” to “Distributed Management Task Force(DMTF)” .  Open Cloud Standards Incubato will be a working group in that body, and will handle the interoperability of cloud computing with 37 members.

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IBM Japan started cloud consulting businesses with IBCS

Posted in Consulting, IBM, Large, MISCs by Agile Cat on November 19, 2009

Nov.19 – The company started two types of cloud consulting businesses with IBCS(IBM Consulting Services) . 1.Cloud Strategy Planning Supp rt includes seven styles of business models.  2.Cloud Apply Planning Supp rt gives action plans for cuscomers such as cloud ready-ness, effect measurement, choice of private/public and so on.

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Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will reduce the cost with cloud

Posted in Government by Agile Cat on November 11, 2009

Nov.10 – MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications ) launched a committee for utilizing broadband network infrastructure.  Japan has the great network infrastructure, however, it isn’t utilized any fields including government, education, medical and so on.  Furtherer, the association announced to take place an experimentation of cloud next year.

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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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NTT West will deliver ten times faster network

Posted in Telecom by Agile Cat on November 8, 2009

Nov.7 – The company announced to deliver 1G bps optical network services on 2010.  It can be used by customers who are stayed in Next Generation Network (NGN) areas. It’s a kind of answer to businesses and associations who want cloud computing.

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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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Fujitsu aims the hybrid new businesses

Posted in Economy, Fujitsu, Large, Private, Public by Agile Cat on November 3, 2009

Nov.2 – Yamamoto who’s VP of system products division said “The private means on-premises and public means clouds” in the announcement of their new infrastructure products for the private.  According to the investigation of Fujitsu, 1.3% of cloud against whole of IT in 2008, and it will be 20.1% in 2015. In other word, 80% of on-premises will remain in the market, furthermore, a lot of services form clouds will be inserted into the private and on-premises. It will make a seamless connections among these three. In the business model of Fujitsu, the private will be dealt, as on-premises, he added.

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Hitachi enhanced "Harmonious Cloud" as a private cloud solution

Posted in Hitachi, Large, PaaS, Private by Agile Cat on November 3, 2009

Nov.2 – The company enhanced their private cloud solution and PaaS environments of “Harmonious Cloud”. In this new lineup, customers will be able to chose some of vitalization environments consist of Virtage, VMware and Hyper-V. The company recommends Virtage for mission critical purpose, VMware and Hyper-V for legacy OS supports.

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Microsoft Japan makes an aliance with IIJ in clouds businesses

Posted in Azure, Private, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 27, 2009

Oct.27 – IIJ announced to provide Microsoft Hyper-V technologies in their cloud infrastructure named “GIO”, and will start the services with Windows Server 2008 on May 2010. In other hand, Microsoft will start the validation service to IIJ’s customers who will migrate from on-premises to clouds.

IIJ estimates to deliver the services which consist of 4000 Windows Server licenses by May 2013.

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NEC will deliver middleware "WebOTX V8.3" for cloud computing

Posted in Large, NEC, PaaS by Agile Cat on October 26, 2009

Oct.26 – The company explained about some of enhanced points including (1) more manageability and efficiency of batch processing, (2) modifying of service integration abilities among other products, (3) more suitable licensing style for clouds.

In this license style, customers will save 36% of costs against to current prices.

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Ministry of Internal Affairs and (MIC) reduces 30% of extra budgets

Posted in Economy, Government by Agile Cat on October 16, 2009

Oct.16 – The new administration has reviewed whole of extra budget that is offered by the former administration. Regarding the budget of MIC, 1.3 billion dollars – 30% of whole – will be reduced.

There are some changes for also budget of Cloud Computing. 10 million of cloud test bed construction budget is disappeared. However, budgets for local governments and for security will stay without changes.

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NEC opened "Cloud Plaza" in their head quarter

Posted in Large, NEC, PaaS, SaaS by Agile Cat on October 15, 2009

Oct.15 – The company launched “Cloud Plaza”, and will demonstrate the real environment of cloud computing to their customers, including SaaS and so on. The company announced to reconstruction of any divisions for the cloud shift last April. In the drastic management, a hundred thousand employees will change their positions each other.

NEC wants to reduce 20% of labor cost by 2012.

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Bit Isle announced to provide private cloud services

Posted in Private, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 14, 2009

Oct.14 – The company will launch private cloud services named “Cloud ISLE” on Nov.4. in the data center resource pool of Bit Isle, racks and resources segment will be prepared for each of customers who can select VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers as the virtualized infrastructure.

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A major common paper ASAHI talked the about cloud

Posted in Social by Agile Cat on October 13, 2009

Oct.13 – ASAHI introduced the result of IDC’s Cloud Services Forecast that describes the cloud market to achieve 442 billion dollars and 10% of whole IT investing by 2013.

In the Japanese market, it’s very rare that major common paper to focus on such buzz word. Also, the paper picked up some key words such as Amazon EC2/S3, private/public, internal cloud and external cloud and so on.

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NetWorld will dive into the cloud market with Bplats

Posted in PaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 13, 2009

Oct. 13 – NetWorld announced to start a meter rate payment and a monthly payment services. So far, the company has provided IT infrastructures such as virtualization and so on into cloud, and will deliver those new services with Bplats.

Furthermore, the company will add the IT asset management service from Quality and the security monitoring services from AhnLab into their lineup in this December.

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NEC leverages the sales for cloud software and devices

Posted in Data Center, PaaS by Agile Cat on October 8, 2009

Oct.8 – NEC announced the development plan of IT peripheral devices for next three years. The company has focused on the growth of cloud computing, and will address to sell software and devices for datacenter utilizing.

As the first phase of new businesses, the company will deliver a management software that can reduces the failing detection time by ninety percent maximum.

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JB Group launched their cloud businesses

Posted in PaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 7, 2009

Oct.7 – JBCC Holdings announced to launch the facilities to evaluate and detect cloud computing technologies for their customers and partners. The company will also leverage cloud computing businesses with their twelve subsidiaries.

In this plan, the company will open “Cloud Integration center” for VMware, vSphere, IBM CloudBrust, Windows Azure, Google Apps, and Amazon EC2.

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Data Japan has started to provide cloud hosting services with Hyper-V

Posted in PaaS, Private, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 5, 2009

The company starts the new business “Virtual Web” today that consists of Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. In this service, their customers will be able to use virtualized environment with more cheaper costs against on-premises one.

Also, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Parallels Plesk Control panel are provided as the potions.

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IT Core announced their cloud services – $100/month

Posted in PaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 5, 2009

Like of Aamzon EC2, IT Core will launch the on-demand IaaS named “ GrowServer2010” Nov.1. Since from 2004, the company has provided “GrowServer” based on VMware, as a hosting service.

Comparing with EC2, the service requires bit more money, however, it includes 90GB of persistent disk services against to Amazon S3. So the total prices will be less than EC2, the company says.

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Terilogy announced to make the new businesses with NIHON Unisys

Posted in PaaS, SaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 5, 2009

Oct.5, Terilogy announced the choice of NIHON Unisys to introduce monitoring system named “eG Enterprise Suite” from eG Innovations, Inc. The product will be used for the SaaS and PaaS management of Unisys cloud businesses.

The system is designed especially for virtualized infrastructure including Web servers, applications and databases which live in multiple layers.

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NTT Data talked about "Kasumigaseki cloud" and "Local Government Cloud"

Posted in Government, Telecom by Agile Cat on October 1, 2009

The company talked about the framework of Japanese government cloud strategies from their standings. The framework consisted three parts: 1 e-Government, e-Local-Government, Medical, Education and Human Resources. 2 Incubation of Industries and Local Economies. 3 Promotion of Digital Infrastructure for whole fields.

Why NTT Data talks about it like of Japanese government, everybody doesn’t know and knows well.

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