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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.

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