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IIJ Global to Launch Cloud-Based Federated Authentication Solution for Connecting Corporate Authentication Systems With Cloud Services


TOKYO, April 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq: IIJI) (TSE1:3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, and 100% owned IIJ subsidiary and developer of WAN services for corporate clients, IIJ Global Solutions Inc., today announced the release of the new "Cloud Federated Authentication Solution", which works with corporate authentication systems to connect the corporate systems with multiple cloud services.

With the launch of this solution, IIJ Global will conclude an agency agreement with U.S.-based Ping Identity Corporation, and will use PingFederate, a cloud-based identity management software that is already in use by about 800 of the world's largest corporations and government agencies, to provide this solution.

Below is a list of solution highlights.

  • Enabling secure federated authentication for inter-company, intra-company, and cloud service connections

This solution enables single sign-on (SSO) for inter-company and intra-company Web applications as well as federation with over 180 cloud services, providing secure SSO convenience for external connections. The federated authentication supports global standards such as SAML 2.0, OAuth 2.0, OpenID 2.0(*), and can meet a wide range of requirements.

  • Minimizing reconfiguration or modification of existing systems, compatible with automatic provisioning

The Cloud Federated Authentication Solution works with existing internal authentication systems and can be quickly implemented using the multi-vendor, +30 variations implementation kit, designed to minimize modification of existing company Web applications and SI costs. The solution also comes with a provisioning feature that will automatically synchronize the cloud service with any changes to the corporate authentication system, greatly reducing the burden on system administrators.

  • Introduction to all Asian countries

IIJ Global will be introducing this solution to all Asian countries in the future. Coupling this solution with a global network service, a 24/365 multi-lingual help desk and other services, we will be able to provide a federated authentication solution at the global level.

Initially, this solution will include building an on-premise environment, but the plan is to offer it as an SaaS via the IIJ GIO cloud service in the second half of 2012.

IIJ Global will continue to develop new, innovative services that support our client's global expansion.

* SAML 2.0, OAuth 2.0, OpenID 2.0

These are protocols for describing user authentication and attributes and information related to permissions, and by exchanging this information with websites and Web services, users can access multiple services with a single authentication, which is called "single sign-on" (SSO).

About IIJ-Global

IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ-Global) was established in September 2010 as an IIJ Group company by acquisition of AT&T Japan's local Network Outsourcing service business. IIJ-Global provides WAN Connectivity Services and Total Network Outsourcing Services from designing to building and managing corporate networks for enterprises. Not only limited to domestic but also offers Global network services. For more information about IIJ-Global, visit the IIJ-Global Website at

About IIJ

Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq: IIJI) (Tokyo Stock Exchange TSE1:3774) is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group of companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. The company's services include high-quality systems integration and cloud computing/data center services, security services, Internet access, and content distribution. Moreover, the company has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, and between Japan and the United States. IIJ was listed on NASDAQ in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006. For more information about IIJ, visit the IIJ Web site at

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The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: IIJ Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-5259-6310 E-mail: URL:

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