Oracle to build cloud regions with Orange infrastructure

01 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Oracle is launching a series of new cloud regions using Orange’s infrastructure in Senegal and Ivory Coast.

The two confirmed a collaboration agreement last week for West Africa under which they will jointly offer cloud services for enterprises and public sector organisations in the West Africa, starting Senegal and Ivory Coast.

Orange said it plans to use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to complement its portfolio of enterprise-grade managed cloud services.

“We strongly believe that digital technology is a catalyst for economic transformation on the African continent, contributing to sustainable employment and socio-economic development," Alioune Ndiaye (pictured), chairman and CEO, Orange Middle East and Africa.

"Cloud infrastructure is one of the key solutions Orange brings to companies and public institutions in its role as a multi-service operator. Oracle’s industry-recognized solutions should bring additional value to Orange’s Cloud portfolio."

The planned joint go-to-market model is intended to support West African enterprises and public organizations in addressing the challenge of digital transformation through advanced cloud services, enabling operational efficiency, lower costs, and high security standards. It will also mean customer data can be hosted locally, providing customers with cloud services that meet their data latency and performance requirements.

The two companies also plan to collaborate on a project to migrate part of Orange’s internal applications onto Oracle Cloud and discussions are ongoing to jointly define the scope, conditions and feasibility of this.

Orange said it "has the potential to generate considerable synergies across the group’s footprint in the region".

Finally, Oracle and Orange intend to jointly promote their health solutions, particularly around vaccination.

Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “With improved bandwidth access, and increased awareness of the benefits of cloud computing, organisations in the West and Sub-Saharan Africa region have begun exploring migrating workloads to the cloud. This initiative with Orange is an important step toward introducing world-class cloud infrastructure in the region."