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February 21, 2017

Orange introduces public cloud service with Huawei in OpenStack partnership

The partnership will use OpenStack technology for cloud computing.

By CBR Staff Writer

Orange Business Services, the business services arm of Orange, has introduced global public cloud services for multinational corporations, as part of its international cloud strategy.

The services offered include advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications.

Orange’s cloud services have been designed to help multinational corporations migrate from their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and to ensure the availability of infrastructure and applications in all geographic regions around the world.

Services are expected to be rolled out in Western Europe and Southeast Asia by this April and will later be extended to the US in October. These services could be available in the Middle East and Africa by 2018.

The company has formed a partnership with Chinese handset-maker Huawei and says that the new service complements its existing private cloud portfolio. The partnership will use OpenStack technology for cloud computing which is an open-source software platform for cloud is computing.

Read more: OpenStack private cloud: benefits, challenges and what the future holds

Orange Business Services says that open standards and interoperability play a key role in meeting demand for large, scalable public cloud solutions with economies to scale and avoiding the dangers of proprietary lock-in.

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The business services arm says that it will provide data centre facilities, network and security infrastructure, customers’ infrastructure and application management and professional services to support cloud migrations.

Huawei will offer hardware, develop the technology platform and OpenStack OS and provide level-three support.

Orange Cloud for Business director Philippe Laplane said: “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.

“Business Services To continue to support them, it is essential for us to have the best technology, combined with the highest levels of security and services, that can meet the challenges of both digital transformation and international development.

“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.”

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