Orange Business Services sets out its ambitions in cloud computing

Orange Business Services, which has already rolled out cloud services, such as IT Plan and Flexible Computing, will launch a dozen of new cloud computing services in the coming 24 months, covering six main areas including real-time applications, collaboration, security, infrastructure, cloud-ready networking and vertical solutions for specific industries.

Cloud computing allows users, whether companies or individuals, to access IT resources and applications from the network relying on its processing and storage capacities.

Orange says ‘complete cloud computing solutions include a full range of services, from infrastructure to real-time business applications, supported by our cloud-ready network ensuring rapid scalability with full security and end-to-end service level agreements.

Our full lifecycle approach allows us to provide our customers with step-by-step guidance during their transition to cloud-based services, accommodating hybrid models, which are the most suitable for many enterprises.’

While Internet-class cloud computing brings cost reduction and scalability, it delivers very little visibility on security and can generate performance issues. Within the Orange cloud, we can deliver and manage all business critical applications and IT infrastructure as a service, with a one-stop-shop approach. The complete, end-to-end solutions provide customers with usage-based pricing and self-service through a user-friendly portal.

Orange already has solid expertise with cloud services, in part thanks to a strong existing portfolio and 150 cloud computing specialists. In addition to managing 12,000 servers for enterprise customers, we can design, build and operate private clouds for large multinational companies.

“Operating cloud computing services is in our DNA,” said Barbara Dalibard, president and CEO, Orange Business Services. “The network is the cloud, and our experience and expertise in network and communications services place us in the best position to deliver high performance cloud computing services to support our customers’ transformation. We are committed to leveraging our global capabilities to deliver secure and flexible cloud computing services to our customers.”

“Telecom operators are ideally positioned to provide secure and resilient cloud services,” said Camille Mendler, vice president of global service strategies at Yankee Group. “Enterprises need pervasive connectivity to virtualised assets, backed with robust performance guarantees and transparent monitoring tools. Not least, there is an urgent need for trusted intermediaries to federate private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Telecom operators are stepping up to play this critical role.

Leveraging our position as ‘Best Global Operator’, Orange can rely on its international network, high standard service and security, as well as end-user and device management capabilities, to drive this new generation of cloud services.”