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Orange gathers cloud computing vendors

SMBs are demanding cloud services from their communications providers

Clouds continue to gather above the telco space with Orange Business Services together with Cisco, EMC and VMware, on Monday launching end-to-end cloud computing services for enterprises.

Under the business alliance, called Flexible 4 Business, Orange Business Services is the service provider, capable of delivering the four types of pay-per-use managed cloud services from the four vendors, with a services portfolio composed of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), including private cloud and back-up, and software-as-a-service (SaaS), including security and unified communications. As the service provider Orange will commit to tiered end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs).

“Orange Business Services has a long heritage in providing managed datacenter services and hosting and has combined this with its networking and security expertise to provide a growing suite of cloud computing services,” said Peter Hall, principal analyst at Ovum. “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.”

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