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Orange eyes APAC cloud market, expands footprint in Malaysia

French IT service provider Orange rolls out public cloud services in the APAC region and plans to grow its workforce in Malaysia by 70%

French IT service provider Orange Business Services has rolled out a suite of public cloud services in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, pitting itself against a growing list of suppliers hoping to capture a slice of the fast-growing cloud computing market.

The services include Flexible Engine public cloud, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering jointly developed with China’s Huawei, along with professional and managed services to assist businesses with cloud migrations and application management.

Orange said its public cloud services, already available in Europe, will support Asian businesses that are looking to expand across China, Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as European companies operating in Asia. The company is planning a US roll-out in 2017, followed by the Middle East and Africa in 2018.

Besides touting its global network reach, along with data security and service management capabilities, Orange said the services will make it easier to manage a multi-cloud environment securely by tapping the expertise of Orange Cyberdefense, a dedicated business unit formed in 2015.

Helmut Reisinger, executive vice-president for international business at Orange Business Services, noted that while cloud adoption remains a focus among businesses in 2017, enterprises still face significant challenges such as infrastructure constraints, security concerns and limits in scalability.

“The launch of our suite of global public cloud services demonstrates our commitment to support enterprises’ digital transformation pursuits in Asia-Pacific and beyond,” Reisinger said, adding that businesses will also get the best of public and private cloud models in a highly tuned hybrid cloud environment.

To support its growth in the region, Orange has recently moved to an office in Malaysia that will support the delivery of cloud services across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and South Korea, as well as ASEAN, the fastest growing region for the company.

In addition to providing sales and operations support, the Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur will offer services such as network design, with localised language support for all Asian customers. It will also bring together global employees skilled in cyber security.

“We believe that this cross-sharing of knowledge and expertise will further elevate our teams’ skillsets and capabilities to better serve our customers in Asia,” said Tuan Le, general manager for ASEAN at Orange Business Services.

Read more about cloud computing in APAC

  • Oracle is counting on its enterprise-grade cloud services to stand out from the crowded cloud computing market in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Public cloud supplier Virtustream is eyeing the APAC’s booming cloud market by touting the ability to host mission-critical applications.
  • Google is opening up the Southeast Asian market to its range of cloud products with a new product range and a datacentre in Singapore.
  • Austalia’s Airtasker is using Amazon Web Services to ramp up its storage capabilities to meet the needs of an expanding user base.
  • Storage is moving to the cloud in the ASEAN region and a number of storage companies are jostling for position.

The company plans to grow its workforce in Malaysia by 70% by the end of 2018.

Orange’s latest expansion in APAC follows the heels of a slew of cloud and IT infrastructure suppliers that have recently beefed up investments in the region.

In February 2017, Oracle started offering a broader range of cloud services from its Sydney datacentre to meet the needs of enterprises that have data sovereignty and low-latency requirements. That same month, Microsoft added two Azure regions in South Korea, bringing the total number of Azure cloud availability regions in Asia to 13.

According to Gartner, the public cloud services market in mature APAC economies is expected to grow by 17.7% in 2017 to reach $10bn, up from $8.5bn in 2016.

Much of this growth will be driven by the demand for PaaS offerings, which are expected to grow by 26.7% in 2017 as more enterprises move their applications and workloads from on-premise datacentres to the cloud.

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