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Yamaha said it will move all of its mission-critical IT systems in Japan and globally to the cloud by 2018

Yamaha said it will move all of its mission-critical IT systems in Japan and globally to the cloud by 2018

Yamaha Motor Co. announced Friday that the company is in the process of migrating all of its ICT systems to the cloud in order to make its global IT platform more flexible and scalable.

The company has tapped NTT Communications for its infrastructure as a service, disaster recovery (multi-region geo-replication) and the company’s “cloud optimised” network Arcstar Universal One for the cloud platform.

At the moment, Yamaha Motor Co.’s mission-critical systems are spread across 700 servers located mostly on-premise in the Tokei region of Japan, with a small server estate in a handful of other locations globally. But the company said it plans to migrate 100 per cent of its IT systems to the cloud by 2018.

The company said its motivation to move to cloud-based platforms to support its core IT systems is that it wants to to consolidate its server estate and make these systems more accessible and flexible for its Japanese offices – and critically, its international outfits. It operates 140 group companies in 30 countries, and the overwhelming majority of its revenue (about 90 per cent) comes from outside Japan. The firm added that standardising its core internal IT systems globally will help strengthen its business continuity and significantly cut its global IT costs.

Yamaha also said that it was concerned about the susceptibility of its current server estate in Japan, which serves its domestic and international offices, to natural disasters.

The cloud migration will begin in January 2014, and NTT Com said that it plans to help Yamaha Motor Company migrate all of its ICT systems over to its cloud over the next four years. Yamaha Motor Co. said that it will also begin migrating the on-premise IT systems in its group companies “within an appropriate timeframe.”

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