Orange Business, Cisco, EMC VMware strike cloud computing pact

Orange Business believes the best way to advance its cloud computing delivery vision will be through a united front so it's working with Cisco, EMC, and VMWare to form the Flexible 4 Business alliance.

Combining the best of network, server, storage, virtualization and management in one package, Orange Business serve as the service provider for the alliance to deliver four types of pay-per-use managed cloud services that leverage technologies from the four alliance partners.

The Flexible 4 Business service suite will include a mix of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services, including private cloud and back-up services, and SaaS services such as security and unified communications (UC) services. Under the IaaS umbrella will be private cloud customized services based on Vblock Infrastructure Packages that combine virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware, together with a service catalogue (computing, storage, operating systems, and middleware) based on platforms hosted in Orange data centers, sub-parties data centers or in customers data centers. On the SaaS side, the alliance will deliver security services, including anti-virus and URL filtering tools-as-a-service.

"Cloud computing has truly come of age with Flexible 4 Business," said Vivek Badrinath, chief executive officer, Orange Business Services in a release announcing the alliance. "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."

For more:
- see the release here

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