Cloud goes big in Japan (or at least at KDDI)

I was scrolling through my blog reader and came across a post by Dave Rosenburg that piqued my interest: “KDDI chooses 3 Terra for cloud infrastructure.”  Having lived in Japan many moons ago I’m always interested in getting updates on whats happening in tech over there and since this involved the cloud, I was doubly piqued.

Gaijin Clouds gathering

Turns out that KDDI, the number 2 telecom provider in Japan (which makes them pretty humongous) has not only become a cloud provider as of late but have gone with gaijin technology to do so.  KDDI’s recently launched “KDDI Cloud Server Service” is powered by  3Tera‘s Applogic cloud compute platform.  According to the 3Tera press release:

Initial offerings include virtual systems and virtual private data centers run at the KDDI Telehouse domestic data centers. This allows KDDI to offer both Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as a-Service solutions, where customers can run their existing applications on the IT platform or use KDDI’s prepared applications to significantly lower their initial investment and operational costs.

As Dave points out in his blog, its interesting not only to see a Japanese company  embrace the cloud but using outside technology to do so.

KDDI has made a big step forward, it will be interesting to see what the uptake is like.

Fun facts to know and tell: The word for cloud in Japan (kumo) is the same word for spider (kumo).  Now the characters used for both are different and the Japanese use the English word “cloud” when talking about cloud computing but still, I’m looking forward to getting the chance to present on cloud computing in Japan and make some bad pun involving the two.  Corny?  Yes, but that’s how I roll.

Pau for now….

3 Responses to Cloud goes big in Japan (or at least at KDDI)

  1. DanB says:

    I worked for a Japanese company for a number of years and they always strike me as conservative. That they’re already talking and moving into cloud services means they see reality in the business and market. Wondering if you have any thoughts on how Dell will be able to provide infrastructure for one of the big parts of the cloud; storing lots of content. As a consultant in this space I don’t see EqualLogic fitting as well as object based storage like what I’ve seen from other vendors.


  2. Barton George says:


    Cloud-based storage is a big priority for Dell – you can look forward to a set of products, services & solutions focused on the space. Some of the key components will include density & cost-optimized hardware, distributed storage management & capacity-optimization technologies. All of these will guided by the principles of simplicity, capability & affordability.

    Stay tuned for more!

  3. […] they are doing with KDDI and their “KDDI cloud server” (hint: they are provisioning stacks e.g. ruby, .net, […]

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