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NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications arm of NTT, has become the first Japanese company to have its platform certified by the Cloud Foundry Foundation. The Foundation's certification is designed to establish reliable portability across platforms in multivendor, multicloud environments.

According to NTT Com, 'Cloud Foundry, collectively developed by multiple companies including leading manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services companies, is an open-source cloud PaaS on which developers can build, deploy, run and scale applications on public and private cloud models.'

It says that customers of its cloud service for enterprises available in 11 countries, and customers on platforms provided by nine other certified providers, can shift applications easily because they all adopt common core components of Cloud Foundry open source technology, allowing them to benefit from the unified structure of application execution platform, API and command-line user interface. This additionally enables customers to use services without the risk of being locked in to a single cloud vendor.

'Customers benefit from rapid delivery through the adoption by NTT Com of Cloud Foundry open-source developments into its own service development,' NTT Com says.

Going forward, NTT Com plans to deliver connectivity via its Arcstar Universal One private network service, and its virtual private cloud enabling customers to use Cloud Foundry in dedicated environments, thereby meeting the demand of enterprises for strengthened security and compliance.

NTT Com says it will leverage the open characteristics of the Cloud Foundry platform to further support its customers by delivering an open ecosystem on a global basis through collaboration with other Cloud Foundry partners.

NTTA Com has delivered cloud services incorporating Cloud Foundry since 2012 making it one of the earliest adopters of their PaaS model to serve enterprise customers, and in particular the first global provider in the APAC region. 'As a founder in 2012 of the Cloud Foundry Group Japan, NTT Com has helped to encourage its adoption by enterprise customers in that country,' it says.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 2014 by a number of companies that had developed Cloud Foundry implementations. The list included Pivotal, EMC, HP, IBM, Rackspace, SA, VMware, Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon. The organization has since grown to more than 60 member companies.

The Cloud Foundry software created in 2011 by VMware which released it as open source software describing it as 'The industry's first open Platform as a Service (PaaS) '¦ architected specifically for cloud computing environments and delivered as a service from enterprise data centers and public cloud service providers.'