MSP Today Expert Feature
January 30, 2013

AT&T Extends Managed Services and Hosting in Asia Pacific with New Tokyo Internet Data Center

AT&T announced the opening of its second Internet Data Center (IDC (News - Alert)) in Tokyo as part of its efforts to ramp up its hosting capabilities in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. The move also shows the telecom giant's commitment to expanding its portfolio of managed communications and networking solutions.

The company has a network of strategically located data centers throughout the world, and is working to make advanced IT and networking services available through all of them.

The new center adds to AT&T's (News - Alert) ability to provide multinational companies with a variety of services, enabling them to focus more on their core business while also increasing productivity, lowering costs and improving operational efficiency.

The new IDC is located in central Tokyo in Shinagawa, and this area was chosen to facilitate access from anywhere within the capital. The center offers secure IT infrastructure services and the facility features a seismic isolator for protection from earthquakes.

Additional features include fire detection and suppression capabilities, strong physical security and backup power for protecting customers' mission-critical applications and services.

The facility has been awarded an AAA safety level, the highest ranking in Japan, from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It can accommodate new technologies as they are introduced and also has the ability to extend services to other data centers or to clients' premises.

The IDC offers personalized and secure access to detailed reports about hosted infrastructure and applications as well, to better align with customers' business planning.

AT&T's managed, network-based security services include denial of service prevention, hosted firewall, intrusion detection and anti-virus protection. The company also offers managed global connectivity services, hosting, cloud computing applications, mobile enterprise applications, application management, telepresence and unified communications services.

"With demand for managed hosting and cloud services growing globally, we are investing to provide enterprise-class infrastructure capabilities and advanced network based services to our customers," said Steve Caniano, vice president, Hosting, Managed Applications and Cloud Services, AT&T Business Solutions. "With the opening of this state-of-the-art IDC, we are building on existing demand for managed hosting services in Japan and Asia Pacific, while looking ahead to the growth of cloud services."

"This expansion reflects AT&T's commitment to Japan and to hosting services for our multinational customers in Japan," said Manabu Oka, president, AT&T Japan. "As Japanese companies internationalize, they need fast and accurate global access to data. Our customers will be able to experience the benefits of our expanded capacity and gain further advantage from our network and global footprint."

Edited by Braden Becker