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IIJ says its new cloud service is targeted primarily at Japanese companies with branches in Europe

IIJ says its new cloud service is targeted primarily at Japanese companies with branches in Europe

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), a Japanese network solutions and telecommunications provider on Monday announced the launch of a flat rate  infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in Japan and in the UK.

The European service will be operated by its EU subsidiary, IIJ Europe Ltd, and will consist of a range of configurable virtual and physical servers available for a flat monthly fee – as opposed to a pay-as-you-consume model. The company will also offer a backup and recovery service for IaaS customers.

IIJ says that the rationale for charging a flat fee vs. on a consumption basis is because the service includes network costs bundled with it, adding that customers won’t have to pay more if they experience spikes in traffic.

The company also claims that it will offer money back to customers if service availability drops below 99.99 per cent, something few service providers seem willing to do.

According to a company spokesperson the service will first be aimed at Japanese companies that have branches in Europe, with the next step being to bolster the service’s popularity among local European enterprises.

IIJ Group operates a broad internet backbone network with a sizeable datacentre footprint in North America, the UK and Japan, but it’s clear that the service provider will be up against some tough competition from cloud service provider incumbents.

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