Orange Business Services unveils Business Together as a Service


Orange Business Services announced that it is introducing
Business Together as a Service, a unified communication solution designed to
enable an innovative way of working and collaborating.


Business Together as a Service allows Unified
Communications solutions to be offered via the cloud, using an as a service”
model that allows enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively access
communication and collaboration tools any time, anywhere, on any device.


Business Together as a Service will benefit from the
upcoming dedicated cloud computing infrastructure recently announced with
partner SITA. This infrastructure will provide an even higher level of network
reach with six cloud-ready data centers on five continents secured with premium
levels of security required by global enterprises.


Based on the Cisco Hosted
Collaboration Solution, Business Together as a Service is already available in
France where it is being delivered to six customers already, among which Xerox
General Services and Orange Labs. It will be available in Europe later in 2011,
and in all other regions in 2012.


Applications include: telephony, unified messaging, IM with
presence, conferencing (audio, Web and video), support for mobile devices and a
contact center option. Through an easy-to-use portal, companies can select from
five pre-set profiles to match different employee group needs and change the
number of end user accounts up or down quickly and easily.


This level of agility and flexibility allows companies to
quickly open new offices, integrate a newly-acquired company or react to
changing business needs. Additionally, customers pay as they go, only pay for
the applications their employees use, and they do not have to expend Capex or
internal resources.


With more than 2.7
million business clients, 3,700 multinational clients, and 325,000 IP VPN
access points in 177 countries, Orange Business Services

provides fully managed, global unified communications services with end-to-end
service level agreements and customer support.


Offering Business Together as a Service adds the flexibility
and cost efficiency benefits of cloud computing to our existing Business
Together offer,” said Paul Molinier, vice president, Unified Communications
& Collaboration, Orange Business Services.


Employees need productivity tools that make it easier
and faster for them to get things done. Business Together combines Orange
Business Services’ expertise with the powerful technologies of our partners to
offer a wide range of global collaborative services. Business Together as a
Service helps employees collaborate together more efficiently using a complete
suite of best-in-class and on-demand tools,” Molinier added.


Orange Business Services and Cisco are helping IT
departments access collaboration and unified communications applications based
on the deployment model of their choice: in the cloud, on premise or both.
Companies now have flexibility and choice in how they deploy these advanced and
business-critical technologies to their end users,” said Eric Schoch, senior
director for the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution.


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