NTT Communications, Microsoft could strike cloud computing agreement

NTT Communications (NYSE: NTT) is keen on expanding its cloud computing capabilities through a partnership with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Bloomberg reports, citing a Nikkei newspaper article.

While the Nikkei story did not reveal where it got the information about a matchup between NTT and Microsoft, the two companies could launch an offering that includes Microsoft's Windows Azure and NTT Communications' cloud-computing services.

In related news, NTT Communications plans to open a new premium data center, the Hong Kong Tseung Kwan O Data Center, between January and March 2013.      

Providing co-located points of presence for NTT Com's Arcstar Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN services, the new Tier III (Tier IV-ready) center will target the needs of multinational IT, financial and other vertical industry segments that need constant network uptime.

Upon completion in 2013, the 30,000 square foot Tseung Kwan O Data Center will become NTT Communication's largest data center outside of Japan. The new data center features what one would expect at a premium facility: redundant commercial power supply, cooling systems, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, generator and distribution systems for potential power outages, and systems to prevent fire and water damage.   

For more:
- see the data center opening here
- Bloomberg's article chronicles cloud partnership

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