half-way through its 2015 Conquests Plan, Orange Business Services accelerates its cloud strategy
With €113 million in 2012 revenue from cloud computing, representing 33% annual growth over 2011, Orange Business Services confirms its objective to generate €500 million in revenue from cloud computing in 2015 as highlighted in Orange Business Services 2015 Strategic Conquest Plan.
In 2012, cloud computing gained momentum on the enterprise market. In France, 60% of companies with more than 1,000 employees have deployed or plan to deploy a cloud project1 An increasing number of companies, in France and globally, rely on Orange Business Services to achieve this major step in IT transformation.
"To facilitate this migration, Orange Business Services clearly positions itself as a trusted operator and integrator providing enterprise-grade cloud solutions globally through a set of dedicated support services," said Vivek Badrinath, CEO, Orange Business Services.
To meet its business objectives, Orange Business Services has the ambition to extend its strategy through new hybrid cloud models, combining various clouds (private, public, virtual-private) while providing a unified service experience to the customer and its end-users.
Orange Cloud Project - federation of Group and customers' cloud resources
To provide a unified experience to the Group and its customers in France and all over the world, France Telecom-Orange entrusted Orange Business Services with its new Orange Cloud Project. The objective of this project is to federate the cloud computing expertise of the Group and to migrate all IaaS-based (Infrastructure as a Service) projects to Orange Business Services' Flexible Computing platform. By pooling internal and external cloud resources, the Orange Cloud Project intends to: reach critical mass on the cloud computing market; standardize the approach to accelerate time-to-market of new offers and optimize costs and deployment; and improve user experience. The Orange Cloud Project also stimulates innovation and provides new opportunities for Orange Business Services to launch new PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions. PaaS solutions will allow companies to develop their own applications hosted within Orange Business Services infrastructures.
1/ Source: IDC 2/ Product Line Flexible Computing 3/ Business Together Ready
Flexible Computing - new services to develop cloud computing uses
In spite of the tremendous success of cloud computing, each company has its own migration process and business specificities. This requires developing simple solutions and dedicated support services. For this reason, Orange Business Services expanded the services offered with the Flexible Computing solution, its family of IaaS solutions.
Flexible Computing Premium now integrates pay-per-use managed services.
This solution provides a Web administration portal to access on-demand infrastructure management services. Four levels of services are offered to delegate all or part of the management of the operating system, infrastructure software and applications. Orange Business Services provides an exclusive usage-based invoicing for these managed services (by operating system, software, application, etc.). With this approach, each company can manage service usage on the same basis as current IT resources.
Orange Business Services also launches Cloud Coach for its turn-key solution Flexible Computing Express.
Orange Business Services completes its Flexible Computing Express solution with a new service: Cloud Coach. Included in Flexible Computing Express, customers can access a team of Orange Business Services cloud experts by contacting their customer service center, to add a new virtual machine, provision storage capacity or obtain expert advice on application architecture, for example. With Cloud Coach, Orange Business Services' customers will benefit from the support of a team of seasoned experts that will help them use and develop efficiently their own cloud computing solution.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom industry's highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 - Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User's Choice Award. Orange Business Services is a five-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 43.5 billion euros and has 170,000 employees worldwide at Dec. 31, 2012. Orange is the Group's single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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