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Orange Business Services inked a three-year deal with Haier that will see the electronics manufacturer deploy Orange's IaaS platform

Orange Business Services inked a three-year deal with Haier that will see the electronics manufacturer deploy Orange’s IaaS platform

Orange Business Services, the enterprise IT-focused wing of French telco Orange announced Thursday a three-year contract with Chinese consumer electronics giant Haier that will see the latter deploy Orange’s infrastructure as a service platform.

The initial deployment will see Haier’s China headquarters connected with its sales centre in India using the IaaS platform, which will also host a catalogue of remotely accessible operating systems and applications used to support the company’s operations.

“Chinese as well as Asian multinationals are realizing the value of cloud,” said Patrick Li, general manager-China, Orange Business Services. “We are delighted to support Haier, one of the world’s most innovative companies, with our industry-leading cloud solution and our expertise as a global IT services provider.”

Orange Business Services’s cloud platform launched in China last year, and the company is pitching the platform mainly to large multinational companies with an interest in using a single provider for communications and IT services. At the time the company’s lead for international cloud operations Chis McKay told Business Cloud News that it is aiming to rake in €500m in cloud revenues annually by 2015.

The company recently ramped up its cloud capabilities. In January the Orange Business Services acquired French security firm Atheos, which helps enterprises design and implement cybersecurity strategies, and in April formed an alliance with Accenture to jointly offer consulting services on cloud migration and enterprise IT strategy.

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