Telefónica adds Microsoft Azure to its mutli-cloud offering

06 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

Telefónica Business Solutions has included Microsoft Azure services to its cloud services portfolio.

The company says the decision to include Microsoft Azure in its cloud offering is driven by the popularity of the public cloud as well as the different requirements and variety of workloads each business needs. When deciding where to run their workloads, Telefónica says that most customers choose a multicloud strategy to provide a flexible IT infrastructure that meets its needs.

Commenting on the news José María Cuéllar, director of Telefónica Business Solutions Cloud, said: "Clients demand a complete IT infrastructure solution where they can consume a range of cloud services and reach them in a way that is secure, reliable, flexible and cost-effective. We have been very successful selling and supporting Microsoft Office 365 for our B2B customers, and now we are repeating the growth story with Azure."

By integrating Microsoft Azure into its portfolio Telefónica says it can offer its customers the most complete, flexible and secure multicloud services portfolio in the B2B market. What makes the offering unique is that by combining its local datacenter services with Azure, along with it connectivity and security services. Telefónica has already begun offering Azure services to its customers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain, and will roll out these services to more countries throughout 2018.

"Organizations are looking for the right platforms and trusted partners to help accelerate their digital transformation. We are building the next level on our partnership with Telefónica to empower their customers to run their infrastructure, applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure," added Mark Rice, general manager of Microsoft Managed Services Partners.

Telefónica recently announced a partnership with China Unicom to combine their services and networks in the internet of things (IoT) in an effort to accelerate deployment around the world. Under the terms of the agreement the two parties will have access to each other’s network to deploy IoT.

Topics: Telefónica Business Solutions, Microsoft Azure, Cloud, José María Cuéllar, Mark Rice, China Unicom, Microsoft Managed Services Partners