The market for cloud computing services in Asia Pacific is forecast to be a thriving industry, with a 40% growth per annum. In Japan alone, the market for cloud computing services is forecast to grow to US$ 29.2 billion by 2015, according to IDC. Given the foreseen demand, local service providers are gearing toward filling in the gap.

NTT Communications (news, site) has recently announced the launch of a new cloud-optimized service for enterprise customers. Branded as Universal One, the service aims to provide flexibility in terms of location, operations, layers and the kind of cloud service that clients want to use, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS deployments. This will come at a starting cost of 16,800 JPY (US$ 204) monthly for the most basic service.

Benefits of Universal One

According to NTT Com, clients will benefit from a flexible service provisioning, as well as cost-savings with the service offering a comprehensive suite of applications. NTT Com highlights Universal One's rapid network deployment, reliability and cost-performance as among its main benefits. Additionally, it will include a global deployment later in the year, which should improve the performance of its services for clients with multinational business operations.

Universal One will consist of a four-tiered plan, with varying levels of quality and cost, giving users a choice of plans most appropriate to their needs. With NTT having its own broadband service, users also benefit from not needing additional network facilities to gain access to Universal One cloud services.

Cloud Computing in Japan and Asia Pacific

Security is seen as a key issue when dealing with cloud deployments, according to a study by IDC Japan. "Currently when cloud service providers have yet to develop an extensive range of security solution menus, there are opportunities for product vendors to gain market share," says research manager Hideki Hanaoka. However, Japan is a thriving market for cloud services.

A 2010 study by Springboard research has determined that Japanese firms are most interested in cloud services in the Asia Pacific region, with a 92% relevancy. In terms of businesses actually running cloud deployments, Japan also leads APAC, with 36% of respondents saying they use one form of cloud computing. The country also has one of the highest quality of internet service in the region, with a 24.9% broadband penetration.

NTT Com will start accepting domestic applications for its Universal One service April of 2011. Global roll-out begins September 2011.