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Approach to Enterprise Cloud Computing

In looking at enterprise cloud services from the perspective of applications, there are the front-office, mission critical task and the back office activities as well as supporting the domains for starting new business fields. At NEC, we have begun to provide services for all of these areas under the name of "Cloud-oriented Service Platform Solutions." Among them, we began making application services for mission critical task and the new business fields from a very early stage.

Enterprise cloud services can be roughly divided into: - Public cloud services (the system is shared in the Internet environment), and - Private cloud services (the system is dedicated in an intranet environment).

At NEC, we focus on the private cloud and prepare services for meeting its requirements.

Approach to Enterprise Cloud Computing

We have prepared a shared IT platform services (RIACUBE) and SaaS platform option (RIACUBE/SP) as general-purpose IT platforms capable of supporting private clouds (equivalent to IaaS or PaaS). If an enterprise requires an individual IT platform itself, we build one using the OMCS (Open Mission Critical System) technology that we have developed in our SI business (OMCS platform).

Services such as IaaS, PaaS or SaaS are not in themselves sufficient for an enterprise to put cloud services to actual use. It is when the following four topics are approached in a comprehensive manner that the advantages of cloud services can be fully beneficial: 1. Standardization of business processes, 2. Transition from the existing environment to the cloud environment, 3. Linkage between the cloud computing system and the current system, and 4. Usage of new services that are made possible by connecting several cloud services.

Technologies Supporting "Cloud-oriented Service"

The following technologies support "Cloud-oriented Service":
- System Building Technology,
- IT/Network Common Platform, and
- Cloud-Oriented Data Center

System Building Technology

High reliability is required to support the mission critical systems of enterprises. At NEC, we build robust but flexible IT platforms/applications based on the OMCS (Open Mission Critical System) technology that we have cultivated in the fields of communications and financial industries. To reduce the system building period, we apply a mechanism called the "System Model," which allows us to compile information on past building achievements into a data base and to reuse it. This mechanism is capable of reducing the platform verification/building period to about 1/10th of its initial estimation, e.g., (30 days to 3 days approx.)

IT/Network Common Platform

As in the age of cloud computing many IT and network resources will be concentrated at the data center, these resources need to be optimized from the viewpoint of data center operation as well as from environmental issues. At NEC, we are developing next-generation platforms that can use both IT and network resources globally in the context of REAL IT PLATFORM Generation 2. These new technologies are applied as early as possible in NEC's management systems for the purpose of comprehensively accumulating verifications.

Cloud-oriented Data Center

The NEC Cloud-oriented data center uses servers, storage capacity and network devices that are optimized for data center operation and designed for low power consumption. They are installed in facilities with environmentally friendly equipment.

In the age of cloud computing the data center is required to perform efficiently consolidated operation both of resources concentrated at the global level as well as for those that are dispersed globally.

At NEC, we provide integrated/centralized operation at the global level in order to ensure cost reduction and safe/secure and high-quality operation.

These endeavors allow, for example, an enterprise deploying business globally to own a total-optimized management system platform without installing/running IT systems in its overseas bases.