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October 14, 2013

Yamaha Motor Partners with NTT Com to Protect Against Natural Disasters

NTT (News - Alert) Communication Corporation (NTT Com) announced a deal with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. late last week. NTT Com will provide Yamaha Motor with its cost-effective cloud platform to help support mission-critical systems in Japan.

The platform, the Enterprise Cloud global cloud service, will work in coordination with its Arcstar Universal One global network service. Combined, these services will help to run critical systems, including product development, finance operations and production, among other operations.

It appears Yamaha (News - Alert) Motor is going all in on NTT Com, choosing to migrate all information and communications technology (ICT) in Japan to the NTT Com platform by 2018. Yamaha's overseas ICT systems make the jump in an undisclosed timeframe.

The deal will encompass the some 700 servers controlling Yamaha Motor's mission-critical systems — servers accessed by group companies worldwide. If those servers were to go down in earthquake-prone Japan, Yamaha Motor's overseas group companies, which generate 90 percent of the company's sales, would be adversely affected.

Taking to the cloud to keep company continuity, then, makes sense.

Protecting businesses from natural disaster is a two-fold operation: one is protect data in a way which a company everything after a disaster (often called disaster recovery) and the other is keep the company running smoothly when a geographical region is beset by Mother Nature.

For example, Pam Bernardino, vice president of marketing and product management at OpenText, an enterprise information management company, said the key to facing down natural disasters is to source your data centers beyond local vendors. For some, that means globally.

“At OpenText, we ensure that we are testing our plans at all times so that in the event of a disaster our system is prepared to handle that failover,” Bernardino said in a panel on natural disasters at ITEXPO Miami 2013. “When Sandy came along, we actually operated without a glitch, so our customers could use our network seamlessly.”

NTT Com will begin providing Yamaha Motor with cloud services in January 2014. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

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