VMware expands its vCloud Hybrid Service to Japan


15 July 2014
Cloud computing

VMware has announced the expansion of its vCloud Hybrid Service to Japan - the first Asian country and third in the world to deploy this Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud solution. Launched in September 2013, the service is also available in the United States and United Kingdom.

According to VMware, the vCloud service enables an organisation to extend its private on-premise IT infrastructure to the public cloud, resulting in a hybrid cloud that is compatible with its existing IT assets. This enables the organisation to build new cloud-native applications.

Initially, the Japan service will offer compute, storage, networking, data protection and Disaster Recovery, said the company in a media release. More capabilities will follow over time.

The vCloud Hybrid Service will be provided under a joint-venture arrangement with Japanese telecommunications operator SoftBank Telecom Corp and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. 

VMware will build, manage, operate and support the service, and provide the primary sales route to market through its ecosystem of partners. SoftBank Telecom’s contribution will include data centre facilities, the physical network and a dedicated sales force. SoftBank C&S contribution will include over 7,000 resellers in Japan and a strong sales force, leveraging their accumulated know-how.