How NTT Communications’ Enterprise Cloud Service Helps Honda With Their Global Network of Suppliers

Interesting news in the technology, automobile, and business worlds today! NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, made the announcement that car manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will now be using  NTT Communications’ Enterprise Cloud service to significantly strengthen its supplier network through faster, more secure file sharing, and reduce annual operating costs (by 30%). That’s a major win for both companies!

NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud, the very first private cloud to deploy Software Defined Networking (SDN), is built on a cloud infrastructure provided from 11 different delivery centers in 9 different countries. This allows them to offer complete enterprise solutions with the highest levels of security. The cloud also leverages SDN to provide flexible support for critical enterprise applications. Honda’s global network encompasses more than 10,000 suppliers and 54 countries, so it makes sense they would want to use someone like NTT Com. In 2011, Honda began reorganizing their internal system for development, procurement and production in specific markets, aiming to strengthen cross-group collaboration to help quickly launch price-competitive products that meet local demands. Such collaboration requires the sharing of CAD and other huge data files all around the global, but Honda experienced difficulties with differing systems and security levels among its many markets, resulting in slow data transfers along with added time and cost to introduce new systems. This kind of setbacks mean a loss of profit for companies!

The solution that NTT Com came up with was to use Enterprise Cloud to standardize existing systems, while also reducing the time and cost of deploying new systems with a virtual environment. As a result, Honda has vastly increased its large data transfer speeds and standardized its supplier network across the board, thereby supporting faster and more cost-efficient development, procurement and production operations.

 

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of exactly how it was done:

High-speed file transfers

Honda’s cloud infrastructure for file transfers is connected directly to Arcstar Universal One, NTT Com’s high-quality managed network service. In addition to high-speed transfers among differing systems (in differing markets), Honda has used this infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency for some internal operations.

Globally standardized security

Moving to NTT Com’s cloud environment has enabled Honda to standardize its global security policy in an integrated manner with Camellia file encryption, one of the world’s strongest encryption technologies, and the SSL communication encryption protocol. Security is so important in this digital age.

Fast, low-cost global cloud infrastructure deployment

Honda also benefits from a flexible cloud environment that is connected to NTT Com’s high-quality global network. NTT Com’s cloud infrastructure, provided from 11 delivery centers in 9 countries, has enabled Honda to deploy systems that are 90% faster and cost 30% less to operate than before.

What Honda Has to Say

“NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud solution has significantly strengthened and upgraded our global system for collaborative product development,” said Honda’s Mikiya Fujita, Manager of System Service Division, Global Master Management Department. “Their cloud infrastructure has enabled us to collaborate much more closely with our suppliers around the globe. We also have streamlined and standardized processes and increased security while slashing the cost and time of new system deployment.”

 

About NTT Communications Corporation

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal OneTM VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 150 secure data centers. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA. www.ntt.com | Twitter@NTT Com | Facebook@NTT Com | LinkedIn@NTT Com