Orange Egypt has announced the inauguration of its advanced data centre for cloud computing services “Orange Business Cloud” for the first time in Egypt, in cooperation with its global partner, Huawei Technologies.
The launch of the new services comes as part of Orange Egypt’s strategy to transform from a mobile operator to an integrated telecommunications provider and expand its services that specifically target corporate clients in cooperation with various major international companies.
The new data centre was established to be environmentally friendly with a “free cooling” system that preserves the environment and saves electricity consumption from 30% to 40%. This system also contains reliable energy resources equipped with full separate backup sources for each server.
Orange cloud computing services are the first True Cloud product provided to large enterprises in Egypt where Orange has managed to provide telecommunication services at the highest standards of efficiency after signing a series of cooperation agreements with specialised international companies. Recently, Orange Egypt signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies with the aim of providing the necessary infrastructure to avail services, especially Cloud IaaS services.
The new cloud computing services are provided through a subscription-based system, and grants Orange corporate clients a simple, flexible, secure, and comprehensive cloud computing solution, allowing them to benefit from cloud infrastructure and manage data centres virtually, supported by effective protection according to the latest security upgrades. Corporate clients will also be able to leverage the highest performance advantages in using information technology resources such as Virtual Storage, Virtual Network, Virtual Firewall, and Virtual Load Balancer, without having to spend their own investments on advanced services.
In addition, Orange Egypt’s cloud computing services provide a local alternative solution to global services, enabling companies operating in Egypt to create virtual data centres pursuant to local laws, manage service accounts locally, as well as offer Orange Egypt support, the local partner that has considerable global expertise in the ICT field.
On this occasion, Ayman Amiri, Chief Technology Officer at Orange Egypt, said, “The new data centre, which was established according to state-of-the-art ICT technology, is privileged by its strategic location, as it is close to major communication cables and various energy resources. Additionally, the centre meets the global requirements for business continuity in disaster situations such as the ability to retrieve data virtually”.
Moreover, Hisham Mahran, Enterprise Line of Business Officer at Orange Egypt, expressed his pride in the inauguration of this advanced data centre which he believes will achieve the key objectives of corporates business, support their geographical expansion, maximise revenues growth, help them provide diversified services, and save costs thanks to the smart management of their cloud applications.
Jerry Cui, President of Carrier & Network business group for Huawei Egypt, commented, “We are honoured to be part of this achievement with our partner Orange Egypt. This project lays a cornerstone for public cloud computing in Egypt. Cloud is the trend in this new era and cloud transformation for enterprise is the main direction in the Cloud 2.0 Era. Huawei is confident that Orange will lead the cloud transformation in Egypt.”