Cisco, EMC, VMware To Offer Cloud Services with France Telecom Business Unit

Flexible 4 Business alliance to deliver pay-as-you-go managed cloud solutions framed on Vblock infrastructure packages from VCE coalition formed last year.

October 5, 2010

D.H. Kass

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Cisco Systems Inc., VMware Inc. and EMC Corp. said they will collaborate with Orange Business Services, a business-to-business unit of telecommunications giant France Telecom, to provide pay-as-you-go cloud computing services to business customers.

The alliance, dubbed Flexible 4 Business, is intended to enable businesses to more readily transition to cloud computing with its associated benefits in flexibility, cost and performance, the companies said in a statement.

The founders said that the alliance offers enterprises the benefits of IT-as-a-service with none of the costs tied to building a cloud computing infrastructure.

“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,” said Vivek Badrinath, chief executive officer, Orange Business Services.

“With industry’s top cloud players we will ease the migration for our enterprise customers,” he said.

Flexible 4 Business builds on an existing framework constructed last year by Cisco, EMC and VMware called the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), the aim of which is to help customers saddled with mixing and matching equipment from a variety of vendors locate simpler, more cost effective answers for their data centers.

The alliance will offer the Vblock infrastructure packages, which are integrated and pre-tested products of the VCE coalition combining virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security and management technologies.

“With Vblock as the core to the cloud service coupled with complementary IT services based on EMC’s industry-leading storage platforms and backup and recovery software, customers will have more choice and flexibility as they take advantage of cloud computing services,” said Howard Elias, EMC president and chief operating officer, Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services.

The participants said that Orange Business will operate as the alliance’s service provider and will deliver four pay-as-you-go managed cloud service, including private cloud, back up, security and unified communications based on the VCE technology platforms.

The alliance’s cloud services portfolio will encompass infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, the members said. Orange’s service catalog, which includes computing, storage, operating systems and middleware, is based on platforms hosted in its data centers, third-party data centers or in its customers’ data centers.

“This business alliance brings together four industry leading companies with complementary global expertise to offer our customers new choices with a comprehensive set of cloud services built on Cisco’s innovative Unified Computing System and Cisco’s industry leading collaboration and security applications,” said Robert Lloyd, Cisco executive vice president, worldwide operations.

Orange said that it maintains technology certifications from all three vendors in network, server, storage and virtualization. The company said that it will commit to tiered end-to-end service level agreements (SLA).

“This new business alliance will leverage industry-leading cloud infrastructure technologies underpinned by our VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter Server and VMware vCloud Director virtualization solutions to deliver IT as a service for enterprises, helping them achieve greater levels of availability, reliability and agility in a secure, scalable cloud platform,” said Carl Eschenbach, VMware executive vice president, global field operations.

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