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The members of the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition have joined forces with global IT service provider Orange Business Services to bring cloud computing to the masses. As part of the initiative dubbed Flexible 4 Business services Orange will offer cloud solutions based on the VCE coalitions integrated Vblock system, which combines networking, servers, storage and virtualization components into an integrated solution set. ServerWatch has the story.
With the new alliance, Orange is aiming to deliver a turnkey managed private cloud approach to users around the world, leveraging technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware. The new Flexible 4 Business alliance builds on the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition that Cisco, EMC and VMware forged in 2009.
During a conference call with reporters announcing the new venture, Orange CEO Vivek Badrinath explained that the managed cloud model for pay-per-use IT services is a natural extension of the telco model for delivering services. He added that Orange will now use the cloud as a way to help its customers transform their IT operations with new managed services.
What financial impact the new effort might yield is unclear. Cisco, EMC, VMware and Orange each declined to respond to a question from InternetNews.com about the potential financial implications and value of the new Flexible 4 Business alliance.
Initially the offering will be targeted at providing private cloud services, with a move toward hybrid public/private cloud offerings slate for some point in the future.
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