|[February 13, 2013]
8x8 and SoftBank Partner to Offer Virtualized Cloud Data Services
SAN JOSE, Calif. & TOKYO --(Business Wire)--
8x8 (News - Alert), Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), provider of innovative, cloud-based business
communications and computing solutions, and SoftBank Telecom Corp.
(hereafter SoftBank) today announced that they have signed an agreement
for SoftBank to license 8x8's subscription-based "Zerigo"
enterprise cloud software.
The agreement calls for 8x8 to license its Zerigo software and to
develop some additional related software for Softbank (News - Alert) to provide virtual
desktop interface (VDI) services to its customers in Japan and
throughout the world. The combination of the Zerigo software and the new
VDI software will enable SoftBank to offer a full suite of virtualized
cloud services to its major enterprise customers using Vblock products
from VCE, a leader in converged cloud infrastructure systems.
Initially, SoftBank will deploy these services in Japan, but plans to
rapidly extend the roll out of services to the rest of Asia as well as
Europe, the United States and other major markets throughout the world.
SoftBank counts some of the world's largest enterprises as customers for
its award-winning services and it intends to market these new,
innovative virtualized services to those same customers. The agreement
provides 8x8 with development and installation fees as well as on-going
license fees over an initial 36-month contract.
"8x8 is delighted to partner with SoftBank to deliver these valuable
services to their business customers," said 8x8 Chairman & CEO Bryan
Mrtin. "SoftBank is one of the most agile, successful telecom service
providers in the world and the speed at which they move matches 8x8's
similar culture of always leading rather than following the market."
"SoftBank selected 8x8 after an extensive search of software providers
based on 8x8's clear commitment to quality, scalability and reliability
as well as flexibility and cost competitiveness," said Ken Miyauchi,
Director of The Board, SoftBank Telecom Corp. "SoftBank is pleased to
partner with such a nimble, Silicon Valley company whose culture mirrors
our own and whose experience in delivering cloud services will be
invaluable in helping us to rapidly deploy similar services in Japan. We
expect our customers will be delighted with these new offerings and we
look forward to expanding the available markets in the near future."
About 8x8, Inc.
8x8, Inc.�(Nasdaq:EGHT), a leading provider of cloud communications and
computing services, leverages its patented software technologies to
deliver innovative Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) and Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) solutions to small and medium sized businesses and
distributed enterprises. 8x8 cloud communications services include VoIP
business phone services, audio and video conferencing, hosted contact
center and unified communications (UC) solutions. 8x8 cloud computing
solutions include virtualized public cloud servers and enterprise cloud
virtual data center hosting services. All 8x8 solutions dramatically
reduce telecommunications and IT infrastructure expenses, while enabling
access to powerful features and functionality that increase
productivity, flexibility and mobility. For additional information,
or connect with 8x8 on�Facebook�and�Twitter.
About SoftBank Telecom Corp.
Since its foundation in 1984, SoftBank Telecom Corp. delivers voice and
data transmission services for businesses and provides comprehensive
mobile Internet environment, and has earned a proven and trusted
presence in the ICT market, with a synergy effect brought by the four
SoftBank group telecom companies. Addressing to solve a variety of
business challenges, we deliver the outside-of-box ICT services with our
cloud computing service, White Cloud, helping for corporate users to
optimize their IT investments and assets. For additional information,
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