NTT Launches U.S. and European Platforms for UCaaS Service

VMWare Plans to Acquire AirWatch

We reach across the ocean to Tokyo for today’s coverage:  NTT Communications recently announced that it has begun offering U.S.- and Europe-based platforms for Arcstar UCaaS,  the company’s global cloud-based unified communications service designed for enterprises. Arcstar UCaaS features VoIP phones, web and audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence and other collaboration tools in the cloud.

With platforms now operating in three regions (also including Japan) Arcstar UCaaS’s latest cloud-based infrastructure is designed to assure low-latency and improved redundant communications so customers can better unify their communications, rather than operate independent systems in each region.

The multi-region infrastructure offers improved benefits including:

* Significantly reduced communication delays for global businesses. With communications equipment now based in these multiple regions, latency has been drastically reduced for local Arcstar UCaaS customers.

* Compliance with regulations protecting personal information, such as conforming to the strengthened regulations under the EU Data Protection Directive, enabling the ability to store personal information locally.

* Global-scale business continuity planning and disaster recovery. Customers can use the Arcstar UCaaS to construct business continuity planning and disaster-recovery readiness.

In other news, VMware announced plans late last month to acquire AirWatch, a provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. Commenting on the acquisition in a statement, VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger said, "AirWatch provides best-in-class, secure, enterprise-mobile management to thousands of businesses around the world. With this acquisition VMware will add a foundational element to our end-user computing portfolio that will enable our customers to turbo-charge their mobile workforce without compromising security."

Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of VMware's End-User Computing group, added, "The combination of AirWatch and VMware will enable us to deliver unprecedented value to our customers and partners across their desktop and mobile environments."

The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both VMware and AirWatch and it is expected to close during late Q1 2014 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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