TOKYO, March 5, 2012 — On April 1, 2012, I-NET CORP. and Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. will launch a new cloud service for corporate customers by linking Cloudstor®, a storage service for corporate customers developed by I-NET using HadoopNote1 distributed file systems, and the Net Print ServiceNote2 offered by Fuji Xerox. The new service will enable Cloudstor® users to print stored digital files at Seven-Eleven stores in Japan, enhancing convenience in various business situations.
This service will enable Cloudstor® users to use printing functions through the Net Print Service in addition to the management and sharing of digital files. I-NET has been enhancing the functions of Cloudstor® in order to facilitate information sharing including a function to send digital files stored in Cloudstor® as email attachments and a new web publishing function. With the Net Print Service, it enables information sharing not only online but also through print media, thus providing flexibility and greater usability.
Meanwhile, Fuji Xerox will expand the Net Print Service for corporate users by improving usability for the enterprise market which is expected to generate large, steady demand in the future.
The new cloud service, which combines the strengths of a high-capacity storage service with greater mobility and a printing service at Seven-Eleven stores nationwide, will bring benefits to users.
With this service, users do not have to carry around large amounts of sales materials when going directly between customers and home without returning to the office, as they can simply store the materials in Cloudstor® and print them out at a Seven-Eleven store just before visiting customers. It enables a fast response to customers' urgent requests for any documents, thus improving customer satisfaction and capturing opportunities.
Furthermore, in case of a sudden need to revise the documents, the staff at the office can make the changes and store them in a shared folder, which allows sales representatives to access the latest documents.
As sales representatives do not have to take catalogs from the office, there is no need to store large quantities of catalogs as inventory. This eliminates the disposal of old catalogs when they are updated, helping reduce costs.
As for invoices issued at the headquarters, which need to be delivered to customers in remote places, sales representatives in local branches can print them at a Seven-Eleven store near the customer's office and deliver them to the customers directly. This eliminates the processes from printing to delivery at the headquarters, reducing related costs and also enabling a faster, more reliable action without worrying about whether documents will arrive on time or not.
With this collaboration as the first step, I-NET and Fuji Xerox will continue to work on adding functions to enhance the usability of the Net Print and expand its services. In addition to Cloudstor®, the two companies will jointly work on the tie-up with VIDAAS® -- a common VAiOS application as Cloudstor® provided also by I-Net, which is a virtual desktop service enabling virtual computing -- to become leading companies in the cloud services.
Only in Japan
Cloudstor® is a private cloud service for corporate customers, which is provided as a shared application of VAiOS (Virtualization All in One Services) provided at one of Japan's leading data centers operated by I-NET.
Cloudstor®, which uses Hadoop distributed file systems and the REST interface, a Web2.0 technology, was launched in February 2011 as an inexpensive and scalable storage service that allows future service expansion. Cloudstor® enables easy and secure sharing of various types of files used throughout offices such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF, as well as it can be accessed from anywhere at any time using various devices including PC, iPhone, iPad, Android™ and tablet device, allowing users to share information more easily within the company.
Fuji Xerox launched the Net Print Services in February 2003 to allow documents and photos registered at the Net Print Center, a file storage site on the Internet, to be printed from a multi-use copierNote3 installed at approximately 13,700 Seven-Eleven stores in Japan, by entering an eight-digit confirmation number. The total number of registered users of the Net Print Service now exceeds one million. By meeting a variety of user needs including printing registration not only by PC but also via iPhone, iPad and Android™ smartphone and tying up with other firms, the service is now widely used for both business and personal use.
I-NET CORP. is an independent IT service provider offering data center and cloud computing services. The company was established in 1971 as an agent to streamline complicated sales administration and credit card processing for vehicle fuel service stations. The company has continued to expand its services and approximately a quarter of Japan's service stations are now connected to I-NET's data centers, which is the top share in the industry, and utilize its information processing services. Furthermore, I-NET's data centers are used by a wide range of industries including the finance, logistics, government agencies, E-businesses and foreign companies.
Through its experiences, I-NET has accumulated know-how on data center operations and gained users' trust. I-NET began to focus on cloud computing in the early stage and now provides a wide range of cloud solutions such as VAiOS which covers from introduction to operation of virtual systems.
Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation (U.S.A.) that develops, manufactures and markets world-class office and publishing equipment/systems, digital color/monochrome multifunction devices, as well as document management software, solutions and services in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. It also manufactures digital copiers, multifunction devices and printers for worldwide distribution. Founded in 1962, the company currently employs approximately 42,000 people globally, and has more than 70 domestic and overseas affiliates and sales subsidiaries.
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Public Relations: Takamiya and Kinoshita
Public Relations Group, Corporate Communications