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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.

http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20100204/344243/

 

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.

http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20100204/344227/

 

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.

http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/retto/20100204c3c0401304.html

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Full recovery of IT market in Japan becomes after the 2013 fiscal year — The influence of Cloud is also restrictive

Posted in Economy by japanclouds on February 4, 2010

As for the result of the investigation conducted in November, 2009, according to the announcement on February 3 of Gartner, IT drive to invest of Japanese companies is still a low stake. And recovery of a drive to invest is carried out if it cannot expect at least 2010. According to prediction of the company, full recovery of IT market in Japan has a high possibility of becoming after the 2013 fiscal year.

The investment in the major company beyond 1,000 employees is decreasing greatly, and that has had big influence also on market size especially in the 2009 fiscal year. Therefore, IT market size in the 2009 fiscal year is seen in the company, if it becomes a decrease of 5.2% compared with last fiscal year and about 1 trillion yen contracts by a pace of expansion.

In addition to the economic growth rate in the last fiscal year, business will begin to recover IT market size in the 2010 fiscal year for a while as of April when the budget for fiscal 2010 will be decided. And it is predicted that the company becomes minus 1.2% by a last-fiscal-year ratio supposing the company which revives a project coming out.

As a topic of IT which attracts attention, "cloud", "information security management and the measure against a disaster recovery", and "server supposition" are mentioned.

J <http://journal.mycom.co.jp/news/2010/02/04/029/?rt=na>

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The outline of posting in “Japan Clouds” January 2010

Posted in .Chronicle by japanclouds on January 31, 2010

Four months have passed since this site started. It was interested in the point in what kind of interest overseas people have in Cloud computing of Japan. It is the height of the concern about a governmental policy, and the concern about local government cloud which is felt for No. 1. Even in the Japanese market, Windows Azure has started and Salesforce has also expanded the share. I am glad, if you continue and being got interested in Japanese Cloud. The following is a wrap up the posts in January. Please enjoy!

 

01: A Happy New Year
04: RICOH will provide a cloud printing solution
04: Fujitsu will provide “Interstage Business Process Manager V11” in this month
04: Keio University supports Otaki village for their sightseeing biz
04: NTT Data announced to launch a joint venture in Tianjin China
04: NTT Data announced to launch a joint venture in Tianjin China
06: CTC started "ePromo" as a TransPromo compliant service
11: A subsidiary of Fujitsu has chosen Google Apps
12: What’s the Biz Hosting Global in NTT Com?
12: NTT Smart Connect shakes hands with Ooyala
13: A standard specification for local government clouds
13: Microsoft will provide an another cloud with IIJ?
13: NTT Data Intra Mart and NTT Com will deliver cloud style mail services
13: KDDI Web Communications will shake hands with Google
13: Will Nagasaki provide their government cloud to other prefectures?
14: IBM Japan established a cloud division for the promotion
14: Oita and Miyazaki prefectures employee two of local IT shops
15: Brain Child and NIC will build a cloud test center in Vietnam
15: Panasonic changes from Microsoft Exchange to IBM LotusLive
18: Softbank supplies "White Plan" into the Japanese cloud market
18: etolabo provided a distributed KVS "kumofs" as OSS
19: Japanese Cabinet Office builds a national opinion interview site with cloud
19: Marubeni dives into their private cloud
19: Otsuka will launch a private cloud for small and middle customers
21: Miyazaki and Oita prefectures start the local government cloud sharing
22: Otsuka cooperates with KDDI in their private cloud businesses
22: NTT Data announced the outline of their BizCloud
25: NEC will provide the introduction support service for Microsoft’s BPOS
25: Mitsubishi Research Institute DCS utilizes "IBM CloudBurst" of IBM Japan
27: KDDI is utilizing an overseas data center and builds Cloud between international
28: NRI invests 20 billion yen into their new cloud data center

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IBM Japan established a cloud division for the promotion

Posted in hybrid, IBM, Private, Public by Agile Cat on January 14, 2010

Jan.14 – The company announced to start their new division for the cloud promotion.  The division drives private, public and hybrid clouds for enterprises based on visualization, standardization and automation. As new products, "Public desktop Cloud", "Public Test Cloud", "Smart Analytics Cloud" and "Private Storage Cloud" have been scheduled.
J <http://japan.zdnet.com/news/ir/story/0,2000056187,20406644,00.htm >

A Happy New Year

Posted in .Chronicle by Agile Cat on January 1, 2010

Thanks to your accesses. I did some of experimentations in 2009, and will drive it more in 2010. There are some English posts in a related site Agile_Cat Azure & Hadoop, so I introduce those at blow. Please enjoy!

Microsoft PDC09 Keynote 1 – Wrapping Up
MapReduce in DryadLINQ
Overview of Hadoop Conference 2009 in Japan – English Edition
Google Chrome OS press conference : Part_1
Google Chrome OS press conference : Part_2

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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Japan Clouds on Dec. 2009

Posted in .Chronicle by Agile Cat on December 30, 2009

03: RICOH shakes hands with Novell to provide virtual solutions
04: Reed Exhibitions Japan will take place Cloud Computing Expo on May 2010
08: Fujitsu Launches Cloud Services in North America
09: NTT Data announced to launch "BizCloud"
09: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) goes forward with clouds
09: Riverbed will start businesses of RiOS 6.0 and Steelhead Mobile 3.0 in here
11: Google invests 360 million to Asian marine cable
14: Google, Cables and the Future of the Web
14: BitIsle will give a cloud service for digital content providers
15: Salesforce.com announced to collaborate with Japanese OEM partners
15: Nihon Unisys joins to the R&D of Saga Prefecture
15: Force.com gives pressure to Japanese System Integrators
16: Nagasaki Prefecture announced to introduce electronic application procedures as a cloud
16: NEC will provide "WebSAM" to the cloud market
17: Nissho Electronics started to sell a private cloud startup kit
17: NetMatrix launched a new business named "EC-Success"
17: NEC BIGLOBE will start a cloud device and services business with Android
18: NEC will get 77 millions from the market
21: Yano Research expects the future growth of Japanese Cloud Market
21: Intech will launch IT infrastructure services on clouds
23: NTT Communications will start cloud management portals.
24: Fujitsu dives into the Asian Market with Singapore Telecoms
27: Softbank BB announced an e-Learning system on the cloud
28: Saga prefecture chooses NTT Data
28: Softbank BB announced an e-Learning system on the cloud

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Japan Clouds on Nov. 2009

Posted in .Chronicle by Agile Cat on November 30, 2009

01: NTT Docomo launched PETA mining system
02: Hitachi enhanced "Harmonious Cloud" as a private cloud solution
02: Fujitsu aims the hybrid new businesses
04: INET collaborates with Fujitsu_SSL in the cloud management
05: Microsoft takes place Developer Forum 2009 in Tokyo
06: NEC announced to get the capital increase by public offering for clouds
06: Kadokawa_GDH and NTT agreed to start cloud content businesses
07: NTT West will deliver ten times faster network
10: CTC launched a cloud integration service with Google
10: Fujitsu announced to deliver "Business Process Manager" for atypical process and cloud integration
10: Hitachi Software announced to deliver a cloud service for on-line game
10: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will reduce the cost with cloud
10: Nihon System Ware (NSW) announced to launch hosting and support businesses
11: David Chappell interview by Masahiko Issiki
13: Overview of Hadoop Conference 2009 in Japan – English Edition
17: Microsoft PDC09 Keynote 1 – Wrapping Up
18: Softbank Telecoms announced to launch cloud services named "White Cloud"
18: AIG Edison Life Insurance goes to cloud with sales systems
19: BIGLOBE launches cloud mobile infrastructure services
19: IBM Japan started cloud consulting businesses with IBCS
19: Fujitsu group propose the inter cloud API specs
20: Google Chrome OS press conference
20: IHI Scube launched cloud storage building services
20: Major Japanese electronic companies focus in cloud BAs
20: Equinix Japan changed the sales estimation to go to up
20: MapReduce in Microsoft’s DryadLINQ
20: Fujitsu launched a new data center in Tatebayashi
24: TIS announced to launch cloud infrastructure optimizing services
24: ClassCat announced to provide the cloud appliance to hosting businesses
24: Nippon Computer Kaihatsu launched PaaS to small and middle customers
24: Toshiba Solution will go to Azure with CMS
24: IMJ Mobile launched support serivces for Amazon EC2
26: Secure Brain launched anti-virus services on cloud
27: Platform announced to sell a solution to private cloud market
30: Tokyo Electron Device extends security products for cloud
30: Quality launched document management services on cloud

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Japan Clouds on Oct. 2009

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

01: Hitachi Systems and Services launched the customer oriented cloud building businesses
05: NTT Data talked about "Kasumigaseki cloud" and "Local Government Cloud"
05: IIJ announced their cloud services – $80/month
05: Terilogy announced to make the new businesses with NIHON Unisys
05: IT Core announced their cloud services – $100/month
07: Data Japan has started to provide cloud hosting services with Hyper-V
07: JB Group launched their cloud businesses
08: NEC leverages the sales for cloud software and devices
08: NTT Communication will launch a cloud services as free trial
08: Cyboze announced to collaborate with IIJ
09: MITI of Japanese Government will collect ideas for e-Government
13: NetWorld will dive into the cloud market with Bplats
13: A major common paper ASAHI talked the about cloud
13: NTT focuses on the social infrastructure with clouds
14: Bit Isle announced to provide private cloud services
14: Microsoft’s Future Technology Days in Tokyo with David Chappell
15: NEC opened "Cloud Plaza" in their head quarter
16: Ministry of Internal Affairs and (MIC) reduces 30% of extra budgets
16: The security service market will grow well
16: Special program “Twitter” of NHK
19: Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank will employ IBM’s Desktop Cloud Service
20: One day sold out – Hadoop Conference Japan 2009
21: Fujitsu provides SaaS against influenza
21: Linus Torvalds talked in Tokyo
23: Nihon Unisys will launch a datacenter in Sapporo
23: MITI has gotten 220000 page views in a week
24: IIJ Group shakes hands with Citrix
26: NEC will deliver middleware "WebOTX V8.3" for cloud computing
27: Microsoft Japan announced Tech Days 2010
27: Microsoft Japan makes an alliance with IIJ in clouds businesses
27: NS Solutions launches a Web style conference service with V-Cube
28: Startia shakes hands with BrandDialog in SaaS business
29: System Lab shows a trade currency exchange system in IT Expo 09

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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.

J <http://release.nikkei.co.jp/detail.cfm?relID=234869&lindID=1>

One day sold out – Hadoop Conference Japan 2009

Posted in Events, Hadoop by Agile Cat on October 19, 2009

Oct.20 – The conference sold out in a blink of eye! At the midnight of last Friday, an announcement was delivered via mailing list of Hadoop_Jp Users Group, and then already sold out by over 200 attendants Tuesday morning. Substantively, only Monday, one day sold out was occurred!

The conference will be taken place Nov.13 in Tokyo.

J <http://agilecat.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/>

Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank will employ IBM’s Desktop Cloud Service

Posted in Financial, IBM, Large by Agile Cat on October 19, 2009

Oct.19 – IBM Japan announced to deliver their Desktop Cloud Service to the bank. In this new service, the bank will introduce the thin client environment into their current PCs, and will launch it this December.

In other hand, IBM Japan will build the virtual desktop environment in their IBM Blade Center, and will consolidate resources in current PCs into the new environment.

J <http://enterprisezine.jp/article/detail/1931>

Japan Clouds on Sep. 2009

Posted in .Chronicle by Agile Cat on September 30, 2009
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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.

J <http://www.itmedia.co.jp/enterprise/articles/0909/03/news054.html>

Only five vendors grew in 2008

Posted in Economy, Large, Social by Agile Cat on September 1, 2009

The almost Japanese large vendors slide down in 2008, however only five vendors who are Fujitsu / NTT Data / HP Japan / CTC / NRI grew their businesses. Common trends of those companies means the concentration on project, design and outsourcing.

The depression has gone through also 2009, and every Japanese vendors expect to go forward with cloud computing.

—- IDG Japan Reports — Sept.2

J <http://japan.cnet.com/news/ent/story/0,2000056022,20399358,00.htm>