NTT Com launches self-activated, pay-per-use cloud networking services


4 June 2014
Takashi Ooi, NTT Communications

NTT Communications Corporation has expanded its Arcstar Universal One portfolio with the addition of a new suite of cloud-based network services that can be instantly activated online and consumed on a pay-per-use basis. The services eliminate traditional long-term contract commitments and free the enterprise from investing in and managing a multitude of dedicated network appliances for globally distributed offices, said NTT. Enterprises can also open up new offices or support short term projects with minimal upfront investments. 

The new services are powered by software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) technologies form Virtela Technology Services, which NTT acquired in January this year.

“NFV is a technology to virtualise network functions that traditionally run on physical appliances,” explained Takashi Ooi, NTT Com’s Vice President of Enterprise Network Service. “Leveraging NFV technology in our local cloud networking centres 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.”

The cloud-based network services can be deployed and managed via an SDN-enabled customer portal, allowing users to activate services when and where needed. According to NTT, service deployments that took months now take only minutes, and configuration changes that took weeks can now be done in real time. 

The portfolio includes cloud-based application acceleration, firewall, IPSec VPN gateway and SSL VPN services. Customers have the option of activating and configuring cloud-based network services on their own, relying on NTT Com for management, using a hybrid of both. The new services will be officially available starting from July 2014.