SITA and Orange Business Services launch global cloud

| July 5, 2011

SITA, the air transport industry IT specialist, and global communications provider, Orange Business Services – the former communications arm of SITA, have agreed to jointly build a global, high performance, managed cloud computing infrastructure and offering.

The new platform will see six seamlessly interconnected Tier III+ and Tier IV data centres in five continents, in Atlanta, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. Each data centre will cover their regional hemispheres and will be linked together via Orange’s MPLS network.

Over this infrastructure, Orange Business Services and SITA will offer their individual portfolio of cloud computing services, encompassing infrastructure as-a-service, platform as-a-service, desktop as-a-service, and software as-a-service. Both Orange Business Services and SITA will continue to own the service relationships with their end customers.

The companies say the new infrastructure will be secured with ‘premium levels of protection against malicious threats,’ and offer enhanced reliability features through redundant connections, failover sites, and network-based intelligent re-routing of traffic during network impacts. The two companies are aiming to achieve no more than 100 milliseconds of latency when their customers are operating their applications in the cloud.

Rollout of the infrastructure has already started with the data centers of Atlanta, Frankfurt and Singapore being fully operational in Q1 2012 and all six data centers in Q3 2012.

Francesco Violante, chief executive officer, SITA, said: “SITA has a successful 60-year track record of working solely for the air transport community, taking a long-term view and investing for the industry’s future. The globally managed network delivered to our customers as well as our industry knowledge provides the foundation for our investment in the air transport industry (ATI) Cloud. SITA continues to have a successful partnership with Orange Business Services, built on our network business. 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. Orange Business Services was the obvious choice. Sharing the building and operation of the infrastructure brings economies of scale to both companies. Only by working together are we able to bring a fully formed, high-end cloud computing infrastructure that can meet the complex and global requirements of the air transport industry.”

Vivek Badrinath, chief executive officer, Orange Business Services, said: “By working for so many years with SITA, we know that the air transport industry is highly demanding. Therefore partnering on a managed cloud computing infrastructure is real-world proof that Orange Business Services can deliver the same high-performance, high-security cloud services to its multinational customers. The ambition of Orange Business Services is to make it easy for customers to access the IT resources they need by providing a one-stop-shop for a range of cloud computing services. By taking an integrated approach, Orange Business Services can deliver network and IT with end-to-end service level commitments wherever our customers do business. 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. It is a key milestone in our ambition on the cloud computing market.”

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