Yahoo Japan, the other crown jewel besides an Alibaba stake in the US-based web company’s otherwise troubled portfolio, is preparing to undertake a complete revamp of its IT platform.
The company, a joint venture between Yahoo and Japan’s SoftBank Group, is planning to build what it says will be the world’s largest private cloud powered by OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. The unified platform will support Japan’s most popular web company’s shopping, auction, media, and other services.
Yahoo Japan is the top web property among PC users in the country and is a close second to Google among mobile users, according to the Wall Street Journal. US-based Yahoo’s 35.5-percent stake in the joint venture will be an attractive acquisition target as potential buyers look at the American company’s portfolio that’s currently up for sale.
It is teaming up with Pivotal, the software company backed by EMC and VMware, to build its next-generation infrastructure platform. The platform will run Pivotal Cloud Foundry, a distribution of the open source Platform-as-a-Service technology that came out of San Francisco-based Pivotal.
The initial deployment is planned for the second half of 2016.