With so many companies promising to move to their businesses to the cloud, Microsoft is teaming up with NTT Corporation to help make that digital transformation a little easier.
The two firms are forming a multi-year strategic alliance bringing together their respective expertise across the IT sector, and have announced several key initiatives that will help enterprise customers on their path to digital transformation.
These key initiatives include:
Formation of a Global Digital Fabric
Global Digital Fabric is a combination of Microsoft Cloud and NTT’s globally connected ICT infrastructure. It brings together the strengths of the two companies in the areas of productivity solutions, public cloud, global data centre and network infrastructure. The Global Digital Fabric aims to create a highly sustainable, secure and robust environment for enterprises to accelerate their digital ambitions around the world.
Development of digital enterprise solutions
The alliance also covers the development of digital solutions built on Microsoft Azure to empower enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and to operate more securely from the enterprise to the edge to the cloud. Key initiatives include advanced analytics for cybersecurity threat intelligence, social robotics with relational AI for digital companions, digital workplace solutions, as well as knowledge discovery and management.
Co-innovation of next-generation technologies
The alliance will also explore research and development of all-photonics network and digital twin computing as part of NTT’s Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) concept. The goal is to provide a more natural interaction between people, nature and technology, and to support sustainable growth with an optical-based networking and information processing platform of the future.
“NTT is committed to helping enterprises realise their digital transformation initiatives to help create a smarter world. We believe that the combination of the Microsoft Azure platform along with NTT’s connected infrastructure and service delivery capabilities will accelerate these efforts. Additionally, the companies will collaborate on IOWN, including areas such as all-photonics network and digital twin computing,” said Jun Sawada, president and CEO of NTT.
“Our strategic alliance combines NTT’s global infrastructure and services expertise with the power of Azure,” added Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.
“Together, we will build new solutions spanning AI, cybersecurity and hybrid cloud, as we work to help enterprise customers everywhere accelerate their digital transformation.”