May 17, 2020

A closer look into NTT Data

Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
Gigabit Magazine takes a look at NTT in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and its global data centres.

NTT Data is headquartered in Tokyo, with business opera...

Gigabit Magazine takes a look at NTT in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and its global data centres.

NTT Data is headquartered in Tokyo, with business operations in more than 50 countries and regions, it emphasizes long-term commitment and combines global reach and local intimacy to provide premier professional services from consulting, system development to business IT outsourcing.

In the Magic Quadrant report, it is stated that “NTT should be considered by all enterprises with global WAN needs”. The report also showcases the benefits and limitations of the company, we summarise these below:

Strengths

  • In addition to good MPLS coverage of APAC, North America, Europe and Africa, NTT also offers a global internet backbone with premium internet and a good range of access providers.

  • NTT’s portal can offer a real-time integrated view of granular network and security analytics in a single dashboard.

  • NTT has a strong NoD offering, with Ethernet, internet and MPLS services, and dynamically configurable bandwidth, as well as the ability to add additional cloud endpoints.

Limitations:

  • NTT’s network coverage in Latin America is more limited, compared with other leading providers in this Magic Quadrant

  • The provider’s brand awareness outside the APAC region is still limited, meaning it does not get considered for many opportunities for which it might be suitable.

  • NTT’s pricing for network transport services, such as MPLS, outside the APAC region, can be higher than that of other leading providers

NTT Data Centres:

Its data centres provide state-of-the-art, secure and interconnected solutions that extend across a global platform. The reach spans across 20 countries, with more than 140 data centres, each holding industry-leading design and operational credentials, to ensure that your global needs are met. As a carrier-neutral operator, its connectivity-rich data centre network provides a scalable and resilient platform.

NTT Data Centres provide many services, such as: 

  • Colocation - Accelerate your global business with our data centres in over 20 countries.

  • Data Center Infrastructure Management - Simplify the operations of your data centre infrastructure through a centralized management portal.

  • Data Center Technology - Embrace modernization with secure, automated data centres designed to help you achieve your business goals.

  • Managed Hybrid Infrastructure Service -  Delivering a unified experience throughout the most sophisticated and complex hybrid IT environments.

  • Infrastructure Consulting Services - Deliver IT and business transformation strategy through an agile, hybrid infrastructure.

  • Support Services - Accelerate technology availability and reduce operational complexity.

  • Technical Services - Design and deploy your digital transformation initiatives quickly and effectively.

 

We find out how NTT Data Business Solutions uses its SAP expertise to establish customer trust and add value here

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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