New alliance addresses enterprise cloud needs

Orange Business Services, together with Cisco, EMC and VMware, have teamed up on offering end-to-end cloud computing services for enterprises.

Known as Flexible 4 Business, this newly formed alliance is formed to aid customers to easily transition to cloud computing and enjoy its benefits such as infrastructure flexibility, cost reduction and business performance optimisation.


Each team member has been provided a specific task and to this end, Orange Business Services will work as the service provider for the business alliance. In its new role, the company is responsible for delivering the four types of pay-per-use managed cloud solutions based on the technologies from the four partners.

The companies note that initially, the Flexible 4 Business cloud services portfolio will comprise infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

This alliance will help enterprises to realise the benefits of having IT as a service without building their own cloud computing infrastructure. The teamwork between these companies has ensured that customers can accelerate the deployment of highly secure cloud services across their enterprise while reducing management complexity through a single service provider.

End-to-end cloud services

For this project, Cisco will deliver the network and unified computing infrastructure for the cloud computing services as well as its unified communication and security solutions. EMC provides VMware-aware storage platforms that form the foundation of cloud computing services while data deduplication solutions enable customers to gain critical efficiencies through backup-as-a-service.

VMware will provide VMware vSphere, VMware vCentre Server and VMware vCloud Director, comprising the virtualisation platform that helps enable the agility, flexibility and high availability required to deliver IT-as-a-service.

“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,” 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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