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IIJ and Microsoft Japan Cooperate on Cloud Service to Improve Business Continuity
Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Microsoft Corporation Japan
TOKYO-April 27, 2011-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774) and Microsoft Corporation Japan (Microsoft Japan) today jointly announced a new service to support businesses migrating their existing systems from on-site environments to cloud environments. IIJ's highly reliable "IIJ GIO Service" enables companies to migrate their information system assets - such as mail servers, database servers, and file servers built using a Windows® Server - quickly and at a low cost. This migration can help companies improve business continuity and reduce electric power consumption. The new "IIJ GIO Cloud Migration Factory for Windows®" system begins promoting migrations in May 2011.
The main support features of this cooperation are:
1. Improved business continuity and reduced electric energy consumption
IIJ and Microsoft Japan jointly support the migration of software assets run on existing Windows® Servers to cloud environment with the aims of improving corporate business continuity and productivity, and, especially, of alleviating electricity demands in eastern Japan. Migrating to a cloud service reduces the number of servers required and, thus, electric energy consumption. Facilities of IIJ GIO Service are now mainly located in western Japan, so migration also contributes to reducing electric energy consumption in eastern Japan.
2. Quick, low-priced automatic cloud migration
IIJ and Microsoft Japan use a tool *1 for migrating on-premises software to virtual servers within a short period of time and at a low cost. This tool also allows the smooth migration of the Windows® 2000 Server, for which Microsoft no longer provides maintenance support, to the latest operating system by temporarily migrating to the IIJ GIO service.
3. Reliability and security guaranteed
IIJ GIO's Windows Service *2, which uses Microsoft's Hyper-VTM virtual technology and System Center management tool, guarantees high reliability and has already been introduced by many customers. When combined with IIJ GIO's secure network service, it provides the same reliability and security as would a corporation's own servers.
With the cooperation of system integrators IT Crew Co., Ltd. and Japan Business Systems Inc., IIJ and Microsoft Japan will establish IIJ GIO Cloud Migration Factory for Windows® at IIJ headquarters with 20 full-time engineers. Microsoft Japan will provide continuous technical training to project members and other support. With IIJ GIO Cloud Migration Factory for Windows®, IIJ provides a one-stop cloud-migration service, including verification of the customer's current server environment and the migration server's software license, fixing the migration procedure, diagnosing the customer's server, and applying the automatic tool.
This service will be sold by IIJ and its partner corporations, ORIX Corporation and ORIX Rentec Corporation, with a target of migrating the Windows® Server assets of 300 customers (1,000 servers) in one year.
IIJ offers free monthly IIJ GIO service charges for up to three months *3 to new customers who use this cloud migration service, in order to promote the reduction of electric energy consumption and the improvement of business continuity. Moreover, customers can transfer their existing Microsoft Application Server License, as is, to the IIJ GIO environment with this service from July 2011. Therefore, existing software assets can be effectively utilized, without wasting their investment.
*1 IIJ created an automatic verification and migration tool using Novell's Plate Spin and provides the migration service implementing a VHD (virtual hard disk) on IIJ GIO servers. IIJ has validated the migration and operation of Windows® 2000 environments, for which Microsoft no longer provides maintenance support.
*2 The IIJ GIO service received the "Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider of the Year Award" in 2011. This award, given to outstanding cloud service providers around the world, has been bestowed on only one hosting company in Asia, and IIJ is the first hosting company in Japan to win this award.
*3 The free service is limited to the migrated Windows® Server and does not include the network connection, additional storage, and other services.