NTT and VMware team up to deliver fully managed Edge+Private offering

Shahid Ahmed, Group Executive Vice President at New Ventures and Innovation & Chief Executive Officer at NTT

NTT Ltd, an IT infrastructure and services company, recently announced the launch of Edge-as-a-Service, a managed edge compute platform that gives enterprises the ability to deploy quickly, manage and monitor applications closer to the edge. NTT and VMware, in collaboration with Intel, are partnering to innovate on edge-focused solutions and services.

What are the terms of the partnership?

NTT uses VMware’s Edge Compute Stack to power its Edge-as-a-Service. Additionally, VMware is adopting NTT’s Private 5G tech as part of its edge solution. The companies will jointly market the offering through coordinated co-innovation, sales, and business development.

NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service offering is a globally available integrated solution that accelerates business process automation. It delivers near-zero latency for enterprise applications at the network edge, optimizing costs and boosting end-user experiences in a secure environment.

What is the product offering the customers?

NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service offering, powered by VMware’s Edge Compute Stack, includes Private 5G connectivity by NTT across its global footprint running on Intel network and edge tech.

As factories increase their reliance on robotics, vehicles become autonomous and manufacturers move to omnichannel models, there is a greater need for distributed compute processing power & data storage with near-instantaneous response times. VMware’s secure app dev’t, resource mgt automation, & real-time processing capabilities combined with NTT’s multi-cloud & edge platforms, creates a fully integrated Edge+Private 5G managed service.

VMware & NTT’s innovative offering resides closer to where the data is generated or collected, enabling enterprises to access and react to info instantaneously. This solution, which leverages seamless multi-cloud & multi-tenant connectivity, combined with NTT’s capabilities in network segmentation, & expertise with movement from private to public 5G, provides benefits for multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, logistics, & entertainment.

What do the executives think about the partnership?

“Combining Edge and Private 5G is a game changer for the customers and entire industry, and it’s available today,” said Shahid Ahmed, Group EVP, New Ventures and Innovation CEO, NTT.

“The combination of Edge Compute Stack and Private 5G brings a unique solution driving powerful outcomes for enterprises eager to optimize the cost efficiencies and performance of critical apps at the network edge. Minimum latency, maximum processing power and global coverage for enterprises to accelerate their unique digital transformation journeys,” he added.

“Enterprises are increasingly distributed — from the digital architecture they rely on to the human workforce that powers their business daily. This has spurred a sea change across every industry, altering where data is produced, delivered, and consumed,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, service provider, and edge business unit, VMware.

“Bringing VMware’s Edge Compute Stack to NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service will enable our mutual users to build, run, manage, connect and protect edge-native apps at the Near and Far Edge while leveraging consistent infrastructure and operations with the power of edge computing.”

NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service platform is to help secure, optimize & simplify organizations’ digital transformations. The service is part of NTT’s Managed Service portfolio, with Network-as-a-Service & Multi-Cloud-as-a-Service, designed for enterprises to focus on their business.