MSP Today Expert Feature
February 24, 2017

Orange Launches International Public Cloud for Global Enterprises


Global enterprises with legacy systems face many challenges when it comes to competing internationally with companies that have deployed next generation communications solutions. In today's digital ecosystem, businesses have to integrate a wide range of technologies to bring together their employees, partners, vendors and customers in a collaborative environment with every available platform and touch point without compatibility issues. Cloud technology is making this possible, and the new public cloud service for multinational corporations from Orange (News - Alert) Business Services is going to provide a comprehensive platform that will include advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications.

The new service is going to be delivered in partnership with Huawei (News - Alert) to help large enterprises as they migrate and transform their organizations to cloud and digital initiatives. According to Orange, one of the primary goals of this public cloud strategy the company is adopting is to assist multinational corporations (MNCs) in making their resources available in the geographic regions they are being hosted.

“Our customers have a genuine need for an international public cloud offering that will allow them to adapt to the uses imposed by new technologies and meet the challenges of transforming their IT services on a global scale. By collaborating with Huawei’s OpenStack experts, we are providing a secure and flexible platform built on an open architecture which will enable seamless end-to-end services, less vulnerability to tie in and ultimately more choice,” said Philippe Laplane, Director of Orange Cloud for Business, Orange Business Services (News - Alert).

Huawei's hardware is going to be incorporated with OpenStack technology, which is an open-source software platform for cloud computing. With an open-source platform, international companies will be able to integrate hardware and software without having to worry about propriety technologies and vendor lock-ins that limit growth.

According to Orange, it selected Huawei because it is one of the proponents of open source technologies in networking, including software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) and their development globally. As part of this arrangement, Huawei is going to provide the hardware, develop the technology platform, OpenStack OS, and provide level-three support.

Orange Business Services will support cloud migrations along with data center facilities, network and security infrastructure, customers’ infrastructure and applications management and professional services.

Initially, the service will be available in Western Europe and Southeast Asia by April 2017, followed by the U.S. in October 2017, and with the Middle East and Africa scheduled for 2018.




Edited by Alicia Young




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