Monday, June 1, 2009

NTT Com Plans "Setten" Cloud Service

NTT Communications is field-testing a network-based PC desktop environment on a cloud platform -- code named "Setten" (Japanese for contact point or interface). A total of 15 organizations, including logistics companies, educational institutes, non-profit organizations and other global operators, are jointly testing the platform as an alternative to conventional PC-embedded desktop environments. The aim is to provide a globally accessible, network-based desktop environment for greater efficiency, convenience and system availability.

The platform will provide operating systems, storage and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, including AdventNet K.K.'s Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, Zoho Mail and NTT Resonant's Business goo. The virtual desktop environment uses the Internet to provide access to office Web systems, email and file servers, with no loss in quality compared to real desktop environments. Productivity application software, Web mail and groupware are available as SaaS applications. Mashup applications combining multiple functions are also possible, such as editing and sending the files via different applications. Highly secure access to the platform is ensured with multifactor authentication technologies.

The field test will also confirm system operability, identify any difficulties and study candidate SaaS applications.

NTT Com plans to leverage its position as a trusted carrier to provide a cloud platform that encompasses everything from applications to networks, with a focus on high quality, high reliability and high added value. The Setten platform will be accessible from anywhere using a Web-enabled communication device. A commercial "Setten" launch is expected later this fiscal year.