— NTT Communications Corp. announced the planned March 2014 launch of Arcstar Universal One Virtual Option, which will allow users to create, use and control
overlay networks on-demand via existing corporate networks or the
Internet using software-defined network virtual technology.
Arcstar Universal One Virtual Option initially will be available in
21 countries, including Japan, the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong,
Germany and Australia, eventually expanding to 30 countries.
Reservations will be accepted starting in March 2014.
One or more flexible, secure, low-cost, on-demand networks can be
created simply by installing an application on a PC, smartphone or
similar device, or by using an adapter. Since the user will remain in
their existing network environment, there will be no need to change IP
Integrated management and operation of newly created virtual networks
will be possible using the NTT Communications Business Portal, which
greatly reduces the time to add or change network configurations. The
portal, a free online site for NTT Com corporate users, was launched on
Arcstar Universal One Virtual Option is said to cost less than half of what establishing a conventional dedicated gateway and reassigning IP addresses to connect a new network to a common server, and take about one-fifth of the time to configure. NTT said it based its estimates on integrating 100 loctions with two virtual private networks and overlapping IP addresses.
SDN architecture is used to define data flows in a network, enabling
the customer to divide or integrate a network’s pooled resources
regardless of its physical configuration. NTT Com said its original network
virtualization technology securely encrypts communication on the overlay
network. NTT Com also developed the controller function to freely
connect to or disconnect from the network via the Business Portal.
The service application will be free to download and will cost JPY ¥250 per month to use. The dedicated adapter will cost JPY ¥15,000 and
JPY ¥1,500 per month to use (prices exclude 5 percent consumption tax, which
will change to 8 percent from April 1, 2014).