Interview Series: NTTS

DSA did a series of interviews at Cloud Expo Asia a couple weeks ago. While the expo featured many international companies, we had a special treat to interview Director for NTTS Cloud Matsumoto Kiyoshi. The interview was conducted in Japanese by our editor and translated below. We took the most interesting excerpt.

Data&StorageAsean: How is the adoption rate in Asia for cloud at the moment?

Matsumoto: “In terms of the Asian market, I see that customers in Singapore have the most willingness to adopt cloud, in some instances customers see the absolute need to move to cloud. So, it’s becoming more important to adopt cloud. In Thailand and Malaysia, we also see some adoption in cloud, but the [rate of adoption] is probably next to Singapore. While there are many customers that leave things as it is, customers who are not currently using cloud are also slowly migrating their systems to cloud.”

Data&StorageAsean: What are the common implementation methods that you see?

Matsumoto: “In terms of the technology, we see a lot of customers adopting a hybrid cloud approach. Reason being, with public cloud, there’s a security worry for some customers; however, there are also customers using certain application workloads that cannot perform as well on a private cloud. This has contributed to the increase in adoption of hybrid cloud.”

“It’s not just hybrid cloud, customers also rely on multi-cloud environments, where they use multiple cloud providers. Of course, customers are using NTT cloud, but some customers don’t only use NTT cloud, but also other cloud services. In those instances, NTT has a cloud management portal which can sit on the top layer. NTT Cloud Management Platform supports third party clouds, so you can manage multiple cloud environments in a single platform.”

Data&StorageAsean: Are there enough knowledge and awareness in this region?

Matsumoto: “Different customers have different requirements. For some customers, being able to do self-management is a huge advantage for them. However, many of our customers are just beginning to learn more about cloud and cloud systems. NTT provides consulting for these customers, through our managed cloud service, we help them with the management of software, OS and applications.”

“For many customers who may not have the technical abilities, a lot of them will rely on professional services, whether it’s for optimising systems for cloud or migrating systems from an on-premise model. These services provide end to end support from checking, designing, scheduling and the actual migration.”

Data&StorageAsean: What are some of the most common issues or worries that customers have?

Matsumoto: “The largest worry for most of the customers is security. In a public cloud environment, or internet reliant cloud, and in multi-tenanted environment, your data is mixed in with other customers’ data. NTT has a specialist security branch called NTT security, which provides consulting for customers including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, giving customers a peace of mind.”

Data&StorageAsean: What are some factors that are important to consider before moving your workloads?

Matsumoto: “Firstly it’s connectivity. At the end of the day, agility is very important for a cloud environment. [Apart from that] the ability to immediately use your systems or virtual machines; have a certain verification, or development environment; the ability to have a test environment that is able to be set up in minutes, or in a few hours. Finally, your systems should be running on a verified environment.”

Data&StorageAsean: In the next 3 – 5 years, which technologies do you see gaining popularity?

Matsumoto: “Object, block or file storage each have different usage. For databased type systems requiring speed, I see that there are huge interests garnered around SSDs such as flash. For many systems and applications residing in cloud, they require the speed from SSDs to run and cloud provides that performance. For customers in the media industry, they create TBs and PBs of data, whether it be video, audio, visuals; with these many file types, we do see an increase in adoption for object storage as well.”

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