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VMware Extends its vCloud Hybrid Service to Japan

Announces joint venture with SoftBank Group to provide Japan-based customers with hybrid cloud offerings

VMware and SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S) have announced the expansion of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Japan – the first Asian market and third in the world to deploy this Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud solution.

vCloud Hybrid Service enables an organization to extend its private on-premise IT infrastructure seamlessly to the public cloud. The resulting hybrid cloud is compatible with a customer’s existing IT assets and allows them to build new cloud-native applications, delivering agility and efficiency to the business in a secure, reliable and compliant manner. IT departments can view, manage and operate this “best of both worlds” cloud environment in a totally unified way using the VMware vSphere® platform they already know and trust.

vCloud Hybrid Service is launching a Beta Program today in Japan and will become generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Initially, the Japan service will offer compute, storage, networking, data protection and Disaster Recovery. More capabilities will follow over time.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said: “VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is growing quickly in the US and UK, and the capabilities we are talking about today address Japan’s data locality, privacy, security and sovereignty challenges. Customers are looking for a way to seamlessly extend their applications to the cloud and we are excited to extend these capabilities to the Japan market. More such deployments will follow, each tailored to suit the needs of key markets in Asia Pacific.”

vCloud Hybrid Service, delivered by VMware, was launched in September 2013 and is available in five sites in the US and two in the UK, with plans for further expansion in the EMEA and APJ regions, as well as a US Federal Government offering.

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