Cloud Services: Stretching From Asia to North America?
Two major cloud services developments in Asia — involving large service providers and Google Apps rival Zoho — have captured The VAR Guy’s attention. If you’re a VAR trying to track turnkey SaaS (software as a service) offerings, keep an eye on Zoho’s work in Asia. Our resident blogger believes similar cloud trends will unfold in Europe and North America. Here’s the scoop.
First, the news: Japan’s NTT Communications has unveiled its first foray into Cloud Computing through a concept called “Setten,” notes Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna. In the understatement of the day, Vegesna adds: “We are very excited to announce that some of Zoho’s Applications are included as part of NTT’s offerings.”
Start of Something Big?
So what’s actually going on in Japan? NTT’s cloud targets businesses across the country and includes the following components:
- Email Application (Based on Zoho Mail)
- Office Suite (Zoho Writer, Sheet & Show)
- Virtual Desktop for PC/Mobile devices)
- Business Goo (a Groupware from NTT Resonant) market.
Hmmm. Is this the start of a larger global trend? The VAR Guy offers up a “definite maybe.”
Back in North America, Google’s own data centers host Google Apps. And the same is true for Zoho hosting its own apps. But that could change, especially as big service providers — like cable broadband providers — increasingly offer hosted and managed applications to universities, K-12 schools, state and local government and so on.
Still, Zoho’s Vegesna concedes:
We are actually open [to US service providers] in terms of hosting. I think US service providers are very slow in moving in this direction. We have been seeing more interest from Asia and Europe.
Will big service providers and hosting companies line up with Zoho? It’s already happening in Asia.