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Nina Simosko, CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc., On The Driving Force Behind Technology Innovation

Richard Pain | Oct. 19, 2017
Find out what is NTT i³'s unique approach to technology innovation and their latest projects.

The latest solution to come out of NTT i³ is the CloudWAN solution, which combines both software-defined Wide Area Network technology (SD-WAN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) into one environment, enabling enterprise customers to deliver advanced services to the computing edge.

According to Simosko, "There are many SD-WAN products out there and a lot are being sold separately, so integrating these components into one operable system is a big issue to many customers. With CloudWAN, customers can have one multipurpose platform without being annoyed with the integration issues. So our product is multi-tenant which many of our competitors are not."

It's innovations like this which are enabling NTT's many operating companies to help their customers' digital transformation strategies. For example, NTT Communications has incorporated similar technology which it offers as part of its "Software Defined Everything + Management" solution (SDx+M). The principle is that whilst technology solutions like SD-WAN enable digital transformation, enterprises also need the ability to visualise and manage their entire ICT systems to ensure productive operations.

"Our latest software-defined networking product is extremely disruptive, even to some of our operating companies," explained Simosko. "If we don't disrupt ourselves, someone else will, and it's better that we do it rather than some random start-up or major competitor." Crucially, it is this capability and freedom to innovate that make NTT i³ and its operating companies, including NTT Communications, leading global ICT solution providers.

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