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Orange reveals cloud computing targets

Orange targets $660m revenues from cloud computing by 2015

Orange reveals cloud computing targets
Rudolf Sarah sees huge potential for cloud-based services in the MEA region.

French telecom operator, Orange Group, aims to generate revenue of EUR500 million ($660 million) from the nascent cloud computing sector by 2015.

Rudolf Sarah, regional cloud director, EMEA, Orange, said that "many components" will contribute to the company's target for cloud computing.

"There will be network led components, infrastructure services such as hosting on a cloud base, and software as a service," Sarah told itp.net.

Sarah added that he expects cloud computing in the enterprise sector to start moving into the mainstream in 2012.

"By 2012 we will reach the tipping point, and we can just look at how Europe and the US are doing now," he said. "2011 is going to be a key year for most markets."

Sarah also believes there is significant potential for cloud computing in the Middle East and Africa. He said that in the GCC countries, the financial crisis had forced companies to look at more flexible IT strategies that allow for rapid growth and contraction, without leaving firms burdened with costly IT equipment.

In Africa, many companies could move straight to a cloud-based model rather than investing in their own ICT infrastructure, according to Sarah.

In less developed African countries, there is likely to be a convergence of mobile and cloud sectors, with people accessing cloud-based applications from mobile phones.

"Cloud will have a tremendous offering, and especially the mobile cloud," Sarah said. "You will see the conjunction of the traditional cloud, which has been internet led, with apps that are going to be designed for mobiles and smartphones. We are going to see a slow convergence."

The global market for cloud services is expected to reach some $149 billion by 2014, according to a recent report by US research firm Gartner.

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