Japan's NTT Communications (NTT Com) unveiled their first foray into Cloud through a concept called "Setten" in Japan starting with a suite of applications for businesses. We are very excited to announce that some of Zoho's Applications are included as part of NTT Com's offerings.
NTT Communications is one of the largest telecommunications company in Japan and they are unveiling their cloud concept 'Setten' offering virtual office environment with a suite of online applications. To
start with, the offering will include
- Email Application (Based on Zoho Mail)
- Office Suite (Zoho Writer, Sheet & Show)
- Virtual Desktop for PC/Mobile
- Business Goo (a Groupware from NTT Resonant)
- Online Storage
This online offering will also provide the capability to integrate with customer's internal/in-house web applications including Mail & File servers. The offering also supports multiple authentications (ID/PW, IC Card, one time password). NTT Com also plans to open up the APIs for the suite.
Initially, this offering will be available to 15 selected companies in Japan. The
applications offered through this suite will expand as the suite matures over time. This offering will enter the commercial phase this fiscal year in 2009.
While Zoho Applications are offered as individual applications, they are also
integrated with NTT Com's File Explorer. The mail applications is also integrated with their Address Book application providing seamless user experience through out the suite.
Zoho: The Deployment Model
Interesting part to notice in this case is that the Zoho Applications are not served from Zoho's data centers in US. Instead, Zoho applications are deployed in NTT Com's data centers. Zoho provides frequent updates to these applications. For larger companies as well as service providers, we do offer an on-site deployment option of Zoho Apps within their data centers. This gives them better control over the infrastructure and data.
This custom deployment model is not new as we have done this earlier with Baihui in China offering Zoho Apps in Chinese market. For Baihui, the Zoho Apps are deployed in Baihui's data centers within China to serve the local market. With NTT Com offering Zoho Apps as part of their integrated online suite for businesses, Zoho applications will be served from NTT Com's data centers.
At Zoho, we have seen some good interest from carriers across the world. We think Cloud Apps can complement very well with the offerings from carriers. Cloud Applications combined with the local deployment model is a great win-win situation for both cloud vendors as well as carriers.
NTT Communication's Press Release
Here is the press release.