Astellas Pharma chooses Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect to centralize global cloud connectivity

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NEW YORK – Astellas Pharma Inc. selected Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Secure Cloud Interconnect solution to simply and securely connect to and manage its Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments. Secure Cloud Interconnect will enhance the centralized governance of Astellas’ IT systems, providing secure, reliable access to its various cloud-hosted global applications, whilst also giving Astellas the flexibility to quickly expand its overall cloud deployment to support future growth.

Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, has approximately 17,000 employees around the globe. The company is dedicated to improving the health of people through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. Astellas has sales, marketing, manufacturing, and R&D subsidiaries around the world and sees itself as being at the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients.

This focus on innovation means that Astellas Pharma Inc. has expanded its business rapidly over recent years, moving many core business applications into the cloud to support business agility and maintain availability for its global workforce. However, as demand for cloud services within the business continued to increase, the company became worried about the potential for shadow IT, the possibility of information leakage, and the increased risk of non-compliance with data protection regulations.

It therefore decided to streamline how its business functions were using the cloud by deploying a standard solution, by which all lines of business could securely connect to AWS, which would also centralize service provider security and governance. Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect was chosen as it provides the quality and reliability of an MPLS-based Private IP network, backed by Verizon’s stringent service level agreements, along with the flexibility and cost-efficiency of the cloud.

Secure Cloud Interconnect can help customers:
  • Control access to critical data to maintain privacy and security.
  • Connect quickly to AWS with pre-provisioned, high-speed virtual connections.
  • Predict and manage costs with usage-based billing.
  • Keep applications available with reliable connectivity.
  • Manage network bandwidth and cloud environments online through the Verizon Enterprise Center
  • Get access to detailed reports on data usage and traffic patterns through Secure Cloud Interconnect’s customer portal
“Our focus is no longer on supporting fundamental business connectivity, but rather on deploying strategic solutions that are going to support our future business growth,” said Yasunori Yakabe, Associate Director, IT Infrastructure & Communications, Information Systems, Astellas Pharma Inc. “We’ve used AWS for some time, but really wanted a cloud solution that was ‘future-ready’ and able to keep our mission-critical applications secure, while we also had the flexibility to accelerate the delivery of new IT services. Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect has given us just that, while also helping to dramatically improve the overall governance of our global network.”
Secure Cloud Interconnect is also available with Virtual Network Services (VNS), a comprehensive suite of network resources that supports virtual functions built on Verizon’s Hosted Network Services platform. Both VNS and Secure Cloud Interconnect are key components of Verizon’s Software Defined Networking strategy--offering greater flexibility, visibility and control over your network.

Amazon Web Services Network Competency Award

In addition, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has now also achieved AWS Networking Competency status. This designation recognizes that Verizon helps customers like Astellas adopt, develop and deploy networks on AWS. Achieving AWS Networking Competency differentiates Verizon as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has demonstrated specialized AWS technical proficiency and has proven customer success with specific focus on networking based on Direct Connect.
AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. The AWS Partner Competency Program was created to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Members with deep industry experience and expertise who can support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions.

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