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Orange forms Flexible 4 Business cloud alliance

Orange Business Services joins with Cisco, EMC and VMware to offer enterprise cloud computing

Orange forms Flexible 4 Business cloud alliance
The alliance will build on Orange's partnership with the other three member companies.

Orange Business Services has joined together with Cisco, EMC and VMware to form a new business alliance around enterprise cloud computing services.

The Flexible 4 Business alliance will see Orange act as service provider for four models of pay-per-use managed cloud solutions, based on each partners technology capabilities, and Orange’s experience as a service provider to business customers. The alliance is intended to help businesses to tap cloud computing without building their own infrastructure.

The deal builds on Orange’s certifications as a partner at the highest level for all of the partner companies, and their technology leadership in all elements of the cloud including network, server, storage, virtualization and management expertise.

The alliance will offer end-to-end cloud services which are pre-integrated and pre-tested for performance, in key areas including infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions, including private cloud and back-up services, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, including security and unified communications services. All services will also be governed by tiered end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs).

“Cloud computing has truly come of age with Flexible 4 Business,” said Vivek Badrinath, CEO, Orange Business Services. “Today’s business alliance will make cloud computing a reachable reality for global enterprises, providing for our customers’ security requirements and mitigating the complexity of technical migration. Orange Business Services has built its reputation catering to the global business needs of multinationals. With industry’s top cloud players we will ease the migration for our enterprise customers.”

Peter Hall, principal analyst at Ovum commented on the alliance: “Orange Business Services has a long heritage in providing managed data centre services and hosting and has combined this with its networking and security expertise to provide a growing suite of cloud computing services. The Flexible 4 Business alliance brings together leading players in cloud computing so enterprises can have the confidence that solutions, including private cloud, are delivered and managed on a global scale to the highest standards.”

Howard Elias, president and chief operating officer, Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services, EMC said that the alliance would both form a new partnership for the existing Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) joint venture, which is made up of VMware, Cisco and EMC, and go beyond owing to the depth of the existing relationships Orange has with the three companies in areas beyond the Vblock private cloud infrastructures promoted by VCE.

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