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Orange Announces Complete Cloud Computing Services

Orange announces complete cloud computing services, from infrastructure to real-time business applications

Telecom Pavillion at Cloud Expo

Cloud Computing Expo - Orange announces complete cloud computing services, from infrastructure to real-time business applications.

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 126 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates.

Leveraging its cloud-ready network, Orange is best placed to provide enterprises with simpler, safer and more flexible cloud services.

Orange Business Services, which has already rolled out successful cloud services, such as IT Plan (desktop virtualization) and Flexible Computing (hosted virtualized infrastructure) 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.

Complete cloud computing services
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.

The Orange expertise
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 virtualized 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”, voted Best Global Operator by the World Communications Awards four consecutive years (most recently on November 25, 2009), 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.

Helping customers transform their businesses
Enterprises are seeking ways to transform their businesses, yet most cannot implement change faster than their IT can support. The need for change is the driving force behind the evolution to cloud computing capabilities. This new computing model alleviates the need for upfront investments when deploying new applications. In addition, cloud computing services are yet another way to help our customers achieve their green IT objectives. The Orange Business Services complete cloud computing portfolio also includes consulting services to both help customers understand the potential of cloud computing for their business and to plan their transition. For more information: http://www.orange-business.com/en-cloud

More Stories By Salvatore Genovese

Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)sys-con.com.