June 27, 2011
By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor
Air transport industry IT specialist SITA and Orange Business Services (News - Alert), a provider of integrated communications service, have agreed to jointly build a global, managed cloud computing infrastructure.
Once completed, both the companies are expected to use the infrastructure to deliver cloud services portfolio to their markets with added global reach, reliability and minimum latency.
“Thanks to this joint infrastructure, we will bring increasingly varied and flexible cloud services to the international market like never before, providing the global reach and the reliability our customers need to catch the promises cloud computing can deliver,” said Vivek Badrinath (News - Alert), CEO at Orange Business Services.
The cloud computing infrastructure will be based on six interconnected Tier III+ and Tier IV data centers in five continents, in Atlanta, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.
In addition to covering its respective region, each data center will be interconnected via Orange’s MPLS network, said companies’ officials.
The companies plan to offer their individual portfolio of cloud computing services over this infrastructure. These services include infrastructure as-a-service (Iaas), platform as-a-service (PaaS), desktop as-a-service, and software as-a-service (Saas). Companies’ officials said that both Orange Business Services and SITA will continue to own the service relationships with their end customers.
Premium levels of protection against malicious threats secure network connections between the data centers. Companies’ officials said that resilient service is ensured through redundant connections, failover sites, and network-based intelligent re-routing that can transfer traffic around any disruptions, leading to “significantly” higher performance levels between the data centers.
The companies are aiming to achieve no more than 100 milliseconds of latency when their customers are operating their applications in the cloud.
“Cloud computing is a network-centric concept so when we were looking for a partner to build the infrastructure for the ATI Cloud, we knew it would be strategic to partner with a global operator,” Francesco Violante, CEO at SITA, adding that Orange Business Services was the obvious choice.
Violante said that sharing the building and operation of the infrastructure brings economies of scale to both companies. He said that only by working together the companies are able to bring a fully formed, high-end cloud computing infrastructure that can meet the complex and global requirements of the air transport industry.
The rollout of the infrastructure has already started with the data centers of Atlanta. Frankfurt and Singapore are expected to be fully operational in Q1 2012, while all the six data centers by Q3 2012.
Also, Orange Business Services has introduced Business Together as a Service, a unified communication solution designed to enable an innovative way of working and collaborating.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell