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IIJ Global to Launch SaaS-based Asset Management Service GLASS
IIJ Global Solutions Inc.
TOKYO-September 14, 2011-Internet Initiative Japan Inc.'s (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774) 100% owned subsidiary and developer of WAN services for corporate clients, IIJ Global Solutions Inc., today announced the addition of SaaS-based asset management service GLASS (*) to its ICT lifecycle management service, ICT LCM Service, starting January 2012.
The ICT LCM Service is used to manage the entire lifecycle for ICT infrastructure, from procurement and installation to operation, maintenance, and removal. Use of this service greatly reduces the overhead associated with introducing, operating, and maintaining new client terminals, thus improving the efficiency of the ICT department and reducing the TCO. The addition of GLASS enables centralized management of IT assets, including computers, servers, and other network equipment, and centralized management of security issues, such as the application of security patches.
GLASS boasts several advantages.
1. SaaS-based asset management service
GLASS uses IIJ's cloud service, IIJ GIO, as the infrastructure of this SaaS-based asset management service. As a result, the client can quickly introduce an asset management system without owning any of the necessary devices or equipment, thus reducing operational costs and operational overhead of the system. With the introduction of smartphone compatibility and other advanced features planned, the service will become even easier and faster to use.
2. Two types of service to choose from: Basic or Standard
Clients can choose from two service plans to meet their needs: the Basic Plan uses a public cloud service to provide affordable computer asset management and security management features, while the Standard Plan uses a private cloud service to provide IT asset management for all equipment, and includes features for detecting and blocking unauthorized access.
3. The scalable, flexible Standard Plan
With the Standard Plan the client is connected to the GLASS system via IIJ Global's WAN service, which enables the integrated management of all network equipment such as servers and computers. In addition, there are security functions-such as unauthorized access detection and blocking-remote control, and other add-on features that were never available with conventional SaaS-based asset management systems. This provides features and functions that put this cloud-based system on par with on-site systems and makes it suitable for a wide range of applications.
4. Multi-lingual support for globalization
GLASS is available in Japanese, English, and Chinese to be able to operate in a multi-lingual global environment. Central management at the home office of all IT assets anywhere in the world, can bolster the company's IT governance, which is an important issue for Japanese companies venturing overseas. We also provide multi-lingual technical support and a multilingual help desk for trouble-free installation and operation for our global clients.
We will be launching this service with the target of acquiring 200 clients by mid 2012. In preparation for the official launch, we will offering a free trial service to give potential clients a feel for how easy and effective the service is.
IIJ Global will leverage its WAN service expertise and synergy within the IIJ group to further expand the service lineup based on the IIJ GIO infrastructure.
(*) GLASS is an abbreviation of Global Asset and Security Management Service
IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ-Global) was established in September 2010 as an IIJ Group company by acquisition of AT&T Japan's local Network Outsourcing service business. IIJ-Global provides WAN Connectivity Services and Total Network Outsourcing Services from designing to building and managing corporate networks for enterprises. Not only limited to domestic but also offers Global network services. For more information about IIJ-Global, visit the IIJ-Global website at http://www.iijglobal.co.jp/en/