Japan serves as first market in Asia and third globally to launch VMware vCloud Hybrid Service ; Announces Joint Venture with SoftBank Group to provide Japan-based customers with hybrid cloud offerings

TOKYO – July 15, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ — VMware (NYSE: VMW), SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S), today announced the expansion of VMware vCloud® Hybrid ServiceTM in Japan – the first Asian market and third in the world to deploy this Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud solution.

vCloud Hybrid Service enables an organization to extend its private on-premise IT infrastructure seamlessly to the public cloud. The resulting hybrid cloud is compatible with a customer’s existing IT assets and allows them to build new cloud-native applications, delivering agility and efficiency to the business in a secure, reliable and compliant manner. IT departments can view, manage and operate this “best of both worlds” cloud environment in a totally unified way using the VMware vSphere® platform they already know and trust.

vCloud Hybrid Service is launching a Beta Program today in Japan and will become generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Initially, the Japan service will offer compute, storage, networking, data protection and disaster recovery. More capabilities will follow over time.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said: “VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is growing quickly in the US and UK, and the capability we are talking about today addresses Japan’s data locality, privacy, security and sovereignty challenges. Customers are looking for a way to seamlessly extend their applications to the cloud and we are excited to extend these capabilities to the Japan market. More such deployments will follow, each tailored to suit the needs of key markets in Asia Pacific.”

vCloud Hybrid Service, delivered by VMware, was launched in September 2013 and is available in five sites in the US and in the UK, with plans for further expansion in EMEA and APJ and a US Federal Government offering.

One “world” is the compelling economics and agility of a public cloud, while the other is a customer’s existing data centre, applications, management tools, networking and security. By using the same roles, responsibilities and knowledge in today’s private cloud, organizations can transition to the public cloud as a natural evolution.

Joint Venture with SoftBank Group
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will be provided under a joint-venture arrangement with Japanese telecommunications operator SoftBank Telecom Corp and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S). SoftBank Telecom Corp has been a VMware vCloud Datacenter Services®, Servce Provider Partner, providing hybrid solutions to Japanese customers in Japan since 2011.

VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud Hybrid Service and provide the primary sales route to market through VMware’s ecosystem of partners.

SoftBank Telecom’s contribution will include data centre facilities, the physical network and a dedicated sales force. SoftBank C&S contribution will include over 7,000 resellers in Japan and a strong sales force, leveraging their accumulated know-how.

SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp is a VMware authorized Distributor and Aggregator which strengthens and enhances the virtualization business with VMware partners in Japan.

VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Provides Opportunities for Partners
With vCloud Hybrid Service, channel partners play a key role of integrating private and public clouds and delivering hybrid solutions to customers. The service was designed specifically with the channel community in mind. VMware distributors, solution providers and OEM partners can now sell vCloud Hybrid Service the same way as any other VMware product.

In addition, VMware already has a network of close to 200 vCloud® Service provider partners in Japan that operate clouds based on VMware’s software. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is the next evolution of this programme, but is distinct from these 200 partners because it is fully owned, operated and supported by VMware

By operating vCHS, VMware will be able to drive more rapid innovation and service delivery to market, which VMware will then make available in the form of technology and IP to VMware’s growing ecosystem of service providers. VMware expect partners to build services and application based on vCloud Hybrid Service.

Yasuo Miki, President of VMware Japan, said: “We are very pleased that Japan has become the third market in the world to announce a vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware is offering a highly-differentiated hybrid cloud service. Working closely with SoftBank and other partners we see real opportunity to accelerate the use of our technology in the market the launch of vCloud Hybrid Service provides additional opportunities for our network of over 200 vCloud Service Provider partners to further empower and strengthen their offerings in this market.”

Ken Miyauchi, representative director & COO of SoftBank Telecom Corp. and chairman of SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. said: “We are very pleased that Japan is the first Asia-Pacific country to launch vCloud Hybrid Service and that we are developing the market together with VMware based on our strong partnership. The SoftBank Group will provide vCloud Hybrid Service to customers in Japan through its direct sales and reseller partners for VMware products.”

Additional Resources
·         Read more about VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service APJ expansion in a blog post by Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit
·         Connect with the VMware vCloud team on Twitter and Facebook

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

About SoftBank Telecom Corp
Founded in 1984, SoftBank Telecom Corp. delivers voice and data transmission services for businesses and provides a comprehensive mobile Internet environment. Maximizing the synergy effects brought by four other telecom companies in the SoftBank Group, SoftBank Telecom is a proven and trusted presence in the ICT industry. Addressing customer needs to solve a variety of business challenges, SoftBank Telecom delivers outside-the-box ICT services with its cloud computing service, White Cloud, which enables corporate customers to fully optimize their IT investments and assets.

For more information, please visit http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/group/sbtm/

About SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp.
SoftBank C&S distributes various IT-related products, the original business of the SoftBank Group, and also manufactures and markets “SoftBank SELECTION” mobile accessories. Additionally, by leveraging SoftBank Group synergies, SoftBank C&S provides ICT solutions that combine mobile and fixed-line infrastructure with ICT-related products for corporate customers, web services for various mobile devices, and e-procurement services.

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Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding VMware and its affiliates plans for further expansion of its vCloud Hybrid Service offerings, the general availability of the vCloud Hybrid Service in Japan, the benefits to customers of vCloud Hybrid Service, and the growth of Japan’s public cloud market.  These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the cloud computing market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; and (ix) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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