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NTT Communications (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), has announced an expansion of the companies’ decade-long cloud partnership whereby NTT Com will now offer its Enterprise Cloud (ECL) powered by VMware Cloud Foundation service globally.

This new service would deliver advanced hybrid cloud environments consisting of VMware’s full software-defined data center stack, enabling a “frictionless” path to the hybrid cloud through the inclusion of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension. As part of this announcement, NTT Com will also become a VMware Cloud Verified Partner and will display the VMware Cloud Verified logo as proof that its services are compatible with VMware cloud infrastructure.

“In the midst of digital transformation, enterprises are accelerating cloud shift from on their own on-premises to cloud,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, senior executive vice president, NTT Com. “This service is the solution, on top of our partnership, that will help enterprises in transitioning their applications to the cloud. I’m confident in the comfort that customers can feel using our more secure and high-quality services backed by our combined capabilities. This announcement builds on more than a decade of collaboration in cloud between NTT Com and VMware, as we continue to create new value and deliver it to mutual customers.”

By combining ECL powered by VMware Cloud Foundation with NTT Com’s global MPLS service, Arcstar Universal One (UNO) and Nexcenter data centers, the new service would enable enterprises to “securely and easily” transit to the cloud, or provide a consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure across on-premises data centers and the cloud.

VMware Cloud Verified

“Cloud service providers play a critical role in the digital transformation of enterprises by enabling highly secure global reach, complemented by specialized local delivery capability,” said Ajay Patel, senior vice president, Cloud Provider Software Business Unit at VMware. “VMware’s collaboration with NTT Communications reflects our shared commitment to and vision of enabling customers to adopt the cloud seamlessly and securely while maximizing investments in existing software, tools, and talent. We are delighted to have NTT Com offer a compatible VMware Cloud Verified hybrid cloud solution.”

The VMware Cloud Verified designation would give customers confidence that these providers are adopting the most complete and advanced VMware technologies from their cloud service providers, assuring the greatest degree of interoperability across clouds and the greatest advantage for their business.

The services are expected to be available in the U.S., UK, and Germany within NTT Com‘s fiscal year ending March 2019, after availability in Japan which is expected in summer 2018.