Ichiro Fukuda, Chief ArchitectSince NTT Group opened NTT i3, its global innovation center, in Silicon Valley in 2013–the organization has been focused on bringing together ideas and talent from around the world to engage in open innovation practices addressing some of the most difficult and challenging problems facing the enterprise. Out of these practices have come some powerful new ways to address the end-to-end lifecycle of IT networks–approaches that provide new flexibility and speed by breaking down IT silos and addressing more responsive management of the cloud and the network edge.
“Being based in Silicon Valley enables us to engage with a remarkable network of talent and ideas. Additionally, having access to the vast financial, talent, and client resources of NTT Group gives us an advantage over many startups in our ability to prototype, test, and take technology to the market,” states Ichiro Fukuda, Chief Architect, NTT i3.
NTT i3 is a pioneer in harnessing the power of Software- Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to overcome the security and management hurdles that are growing in today’s hybrid IT environments. In a typical hybrid cloud setup where a part of a service operates in the cloud, while the other is on premises that may be in multiple locations, networks often fail to deliver the expected responsiveness and application traffic management required. NTT i3 developed its Elastic Services Infrastructure (ESI) platform to address this challenge of the rapid adoption of cloud environments–with the accompanying increase in security threats, network appliance management, and traffic volume. With ESI, enterprises are able to use software to quickly setup and mange network operations in multiple locations with carrier-grade functionality–rather than deploying and maintaining hardware with labor-intensive configuration and management needs.
ESI’s approach to unified Network-as-a-Service provides control and orchestration of the cloud data centers.
Our focus is on the end-to-end lifecycle of IT to solve business problems in the development of infrastructure, cloud, and security
The flexible and scalable platform combines multiple network function boxes into a single endpoint and assists in increasing control over network functions, security, and vendor management with a central cloud-based management console. ESI also offers data center NFV along with automatic gateway services like MPLS VPN and inter data center connection.
As an orchestration layer to ESI, NTT i3’s technology offering of Enterprise Service Catalog [ESC] serves as the orchestration layer that enables enterprise companies to better manage deployment of apps to public, private, and cloud environments, as well as the network edge. “ESI and ESC facilitate the deployment, orchestration, and management of end–to–end IT stacks,” states Fukuda.
The strength of NTT i3’s innovation investigations and platform development in the SDN space is found in its dedication to open innovation practices, deeply understanding customer needs, and taking a vendor agnostic approach that understands the changing needs of the multi-vendor, hybrid cloud IT environment of the modern enterprise.
As Ichiro says, “Synonymous with innovation, NTT i3’s is committed to exploring game-changing and novel ideas to fuel its applied R&D and platform development efforts. We are dedicated to pushing the edges of innovation in the enterprise by continuing to enhance our SDN offerings to deliver even smarter and more flexible solutions to address end-to-end IT lifecycle needs.”