Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), and Nomura Research Institute, (NRI) announced that they have reached an agreement to form a strategic alliance in the corporate IT solutions market.
The objective of this alliance is to combine IIJ's expertise in network services and cloud service infrastructure and operations with NRI's expertise in consulting and in building IT solutions for specific industry needs.
They will utilize the strengths of each company to jointly develop and manage IT solutions and to expand their business to new markets.
Firstly IIJ and NRI will commence collaboration in network and security fields, and will expand it to cloud service and big data.
IIJ has expanded its business on the strength of its high-quality infrastructure services, including network and cloud services.
Recently, there has been a growing demand for more advanced solutions, such as industry-specific consulting in and construction of business systems, which is the reason IIJ was looking for a partner with strengths in those fields.
IIJ and NRI already have a working relationship through various projects, such as the one in 2002 with an NRI subsidiary, NRI Secure Technologies, Limited, to create a security assessment service, and a partnership agreement in 2010 for the cloud service IIJ GIO Service. This latest alliance will take the relationship to new heights, with even greater cooperation on many fronts.