When it rains, it pours.
Following news this morning that AT&T Inc. has developed its own cloud computing service, NTT America Inc. has announced a partnership with virtual private cloud resources specialist OpSource Ltd. to offer a joint service to U.S. enterprises. (See AT&T Joins Cloud Computing Set.)
NTT America's role is to provide secure IP networking capabilities for customer connectivity and the data-center-housed computing capacity, while its partner provides OpSource Cloud, which provides businesses access to computing and application resources within a virtual private environment that can be reached through an online portal and paid for by the hour.
NTT America has data center facilities in Northern Virginia, Northern California, and New York, and now has 14 major IP points of presence (POPs) in the U.S. following the recent addition of a POP in Denver.
The duo join AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc., and the likes of Amazon.com Inc. and IBM Corp. in offering computing-as-a-service capabilities to U.S. enterprise users.
The NTT/OpSource U.S. market launch is the culmination of a partnership first announced in November 2008, when the pair announced a strategic business relationship based around the development of software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities. (See NTT, OpSource Do SaaS.)
Since then, NTT has participated in OpSource's series E round of funding, announced in February this year. Then, in June, NTT Europe Online and OpSource launched a joint virtual service in Europe aimed at Web services specialists and software developers looking to offer access to their products using a SaaS model.
â€” Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading