28 February 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Orange Business Services has set up a global public cloud service, operating out of a data centre in Singapore in association with equipment vendor Huawei.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding
on the project, which will have a revenue-sharing investment
According to Thierry Bonhomme, head of Orange Business Services
(OBS) and a deputy CEO of Orange group, the venture will start
working in Singapore "in coming weeks".
Speaking to Capacity at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in
Barcelona today, Bonhomme said that OBS will operate the
service on behalf of customers, from the company’s
local office and with a Singapore data centre. "We have a
strong presence in Asia, with our headquarters in Singapore,"
OBS said that the new cloud services will roll out across
western Europe as well as south-east Asia in April, followed by
the US in October. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for
The global public cloud offering will include advice, auditing,
integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and
applications. They complement the existing Orange private cloud
portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital
The main aim of the cloud strategy is to help multinational
corporations migrate their legacy enterprise applications to
the cloud, said OBS, and ensure that their infrastructure and
applications are available in all geographic regions in which
they need to be hosted.
The public cloud service is based on OpenStack technology, an
open-source software platform for cloud computing.
The service is being run by Philippe Laplane, director of
Orange Cloud for Business, part of OBS. Laplane said: "Our
customers have a genuine need for an international public cloud
offering that will allow them to adapt to the uses imposed by
new technologies and meet the challenges of transforming their
IT services on a global scale."