Yamaha Motor makes motorcycles and other power products (Photo: Yamaha)

NTT Communications Corporation will deliver a cloud computing platform to Yamaha Motor, as the Japanese motorcycle and power products group moves to streamline global IT operations.

In a press release, NTT said the platform will let Yamaha operate mission-critical systems in Japan for production, procurement, product development, human resources and finance operations,starting in January, 2014. All of the company's ICT systems in Japan will be migrated to the platform by 2018 and international operations are also slated to move in coming years as well.

The two companies said the change aims to strengthen business continuity and slash ICT costs by "consolidating currently dispersed servers, networks and other IT systems." Yamaha now has some 700 servers running mission-critical systems for its worldwide operations. Most are located on premises in central Japan, an area that is susceptible to earthquakes and other natural disasters. NTT said its cloud platform uses a large number of redundant data centers in locations where natural-disaster risks are low.

The NTT platform will deploy the company's Enterprise Cloud service as well as its Arcstar Universal One global network service.

Yamaha Motor operates 140 group companies in 30 regions and has about 90 pc of its sales outside Japan. The various country organizations run different ICT systems with varying security and availability levels. Yamaha said many of its IT costs, therefore, are fixed. With NTT's cloud solution, more IT resources are available on an as-needed basis.

Yamaha Motor makes motorcycles, marine products, power products and surface mounters.