Daiwa Institute of Research, Fujitsu, and KDDI Build Myanmar's F

Daiwa Institute of Research, Fujitsu, and KDDI Build Myanmar's First
Cloud-Computing Environment 
Deployed to the Central Bank of Myanmar, cloud-enhanced operating efficiency
will contribute to development of the nation's financial markets 
Tokyo, Dec 25, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
(DIR),Fujitsu Limited, and KDDI Corporation today announced that they have
collaborated to build the Republic of the Union of Myanmar's first cloud
computing environment. Built for the Central Bank of Myanmar, the new cloud
environment is designed to improve efficiency in the bank's operations. It
consists of a private cloud platform designed, constructed, and operated in
compliance with the Alliance Cloud, a standardized cloud model certified by the
DIR-led Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing, as well as a desktop
service that features security countermeasures. 
In advance of the fast-approaching economic integration of ASEAN nations
scheduled for 2015, Myanmar, now rapidly implementing democratic reforms, has
been actively seeking to modernize its financial sector by relaxing financial
regulations, making preparations to establish a stock exchange(1) and taking
other initiatives. Under these circumstances, operating stability at the
Central Bank of Myanmar is ever-more crucial to the country's financial
system given its pivotal role in issuing and managing currency and implementing
monetary policy. 
Up until now, many aspects of the Central Bank of Myanmar's complex
operations were being performed by hand. With the volume of the bank's
work expected to rapidly increase in line with the country's economic
development, handling a higher volume of paperwork was considered a potential
problem. In addition to significantly improving the bank's operational
efficiency, the new computing environment incorporates high-grade security
levels required by government financial institutions, and allows for the quick
and stable implementation of monetary policy measures by the central bank,
thereby supporting the sustainable growth of Myanmar's economy. 
In introducing the new computing environment, DIR was in charge of designing
and building the cloud platform and terminal environment. Fujitsu was
responsible for providing hardware equipment, such as servers and computer
terminals as well as building and delivering palm vein authentication systems.
KDDI was responsible for designing and building the bank's local area
network. Going forward, the three companies intend to use Japanese-level
quality, highly reliable solutions to promote the adoption of ICT within
Myanmar's finance industry as well as among a variety of other companies,
thereby contributing to the further development of Myanmar's economy. 
Comment by Takashi Fukai, President, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd. 
For many years, DIR has been providing support for the cultivation of
Myanmar's financial markets. In May of this year, DIR and Tokyo Stock
Exchange Group, Inc. concluded a memorandum of understanding with the Central
Bank of Myanmar to collaborate on the establishment of a securities exchange.
This new computing environment paves the way to build an ICT infrastructure
that is indispensable for the modernization of Myanmar's financial system
and represents an important milestone toward the establishment of a stock
exchange. We are honored that this important computing environment employs our
cloud platform and uses our desktop services. As we move ahead, DIR would like
to leverage its diverse expertise, such as its experience as a think tank in
developing financial markets and building systems. We will also be making a
significant contribution to the development of Myanmar's financial markets
using the securities business know-how of the Daiwa Securities Group. 
Comment by Masami Yamamoto, President, Fujitsu Limited 
Fujitsu is honored to participate in this project to build an ICT environment
for Myanmar's financial markets, which will be undergoing rapid
modernization. Even prior to this project, Fujitsu has built cloud platforms
that comply with the Alliance Cloud standards, making an array of proposals
that leverage our cloud capabilities. We aim to utilize this expertise to
support the development of Japanese-level quality cloud-based ICT resources in
Myanmar and other Asian countries to contribute to the sustainable development
of society. 
Comment by Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI Corporation 
For over 51 years, KDDI has had local subsidiaries in Southeast Asia and
provided solutions to support both the local companies based in the region as
well as the local subsidiaries of Japanese businesses. We want to use that
wealth of experience and expertise to help build the office networks of
companies establishing operations in Myanmar. We will also use the KDDI
Group's ICT business experience in Southeast Asia to contribute to the
development of Myanmar while delivering services that are equivalent in quality
to the services we provide in Japan. 
Overview of the Computing Environment 
This particular computing environment is a thin client system employing
DIR's THiNC desktop virtualization solution, which has a proven track
record in a host of applications within the Daiwa Securities Group. The system
platform for THiNC utilizes a cloud environment that is designed, constructed,
and operated in compliance with the Alliance Cloud, a standardized cloud model
certified by the Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing. A virtual
desktop environment will be accessible from each thin client terminal and
applications needed for carrying out word processing and work on spreadsheets
will be available for use just like on regular computers. 
The environment is composed of Fujitsu hardware, including PRIMERGY x86
servers, ETERNUS storage systems, and LIFEBOOK notebook PCs. A total of 150
terminals are currently in operation at the Central Bank of Myanmar's
office in Yangon. For enhanced security, a secure printing system has been
introduced that uses the Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein authentication
The bank's local area network is being developed by KDDI, which boasts a
lengthy track record of delivering solutions in Southeast Asia, as well as
experience in supporting the construction of offices for many Japanese
corporations in Myanmar. Within the bank's building, from access points to
individual terminals, connections are made via a wireless LAN that maintains
the same high security standards that can be found in Japan. Moreover, in light
of Myanmar's unstable supply of power, the system incorporates
capabilities such as uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and Power over Ethernet
(PoE) functionality. 
System Overview 
By leveraging the know-how in building and operating systems in Myanmar gained
through this project, Fujitsu, DIR and KDDI will strive to meet the demand for
ICT in Myanmar, which is expected to grow considerably in the future. As a
result, the companies will support the country's continued development
through the provision of leading-edge services and solutions with Japan-level
quality and high reliability. 
About the Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing 
The Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing is an effort spanning
multiple companies that pursues, and implements via cloud computing, ICT
services that meet the needs of users from a user-driven perspective. One main
priority of these activities is to bring together multiple cloud platforms
configured with a diversity of devices and software and develop a framework for
sharing surplus resources among these various platforms. 
To meet this goal, the Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing is
collaborating with a wide range of vendors to test cloud platform technologies
capable of running as mission-critical systems. As part of this initiative, the
group is working to develop virtualization technologies and establish operating
guidelines that can help to assimilate differences between devices used among
each platform. It is also building a framework that will benefit both users and
vendors by providing feedback to vendors regarding problems discovered during
the tests. 
As one example of how the results of these tests have been put to use, in
November 2011 operations commenced for Japan's first hybrid cloud
platform, compliant with the Alliance Cloud. The new platform is operated from
Fujitsu's Tatebayashi System Center and is connected to Daiwa Institute of
Research's own datacenter. In addition, in October 2012, two verification
centers in Kanagawa and Osaka were connected and are currently holding
continuous tests using the latest technologies, including the construction and
verification of a fully automatic disaster recovery system between the two
There are currently three participant companies that form the Global Alliance
for User-driven Cloud Computing: Daiwa Institute of Research Holdings Ltd., NS
Solutions Corporation, and Panasonic Information Systems Co., Ltd. Going
forward, the society plans to continue promoting the development of cloud
platforms and ICT services that are easy to use for users inside and outside of
Japan, with an eye toward expanding its efforts in Myanmar and other Asian
* Establishment of the Myanmar stock exchange: On May 29, 2012, DIR, Tokyo
Stock Exchange Group, Inc., and the Central Bank of Myanmar concluded a
memorandum of understanding pertaining to cooperation toward establishing a
stock exchange in Myanmar. 
About Fujitsu Limited 
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT)
company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services.
Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We
use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our
customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5
trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more
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