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Orange partners with Google to boost edge computing focus, create joint Innovation Lab

Orange partners with Google to boost edge computing focus, create joint Innovation Lab

Orange and Google Cloud have partnered to accelerate the transformation of Orange’s IT infrastructure and the development of future advanced cloud, edge computing and cybersecurity services, according to the announcement.

The companies note they will work closely together to ensure the partnership’s success. Google will provide its know-how in cutting-edge cloud technologies, analytics and AI tools, as well as proven digital transformation methodology and dedicated resources. Orange will contribute its expertise in information and communication technology services and its multi-national network infrastructure.

The strategic partnership will benefit consumers and businesses across Europe by bringing powerful cloud-computing capabilities to the edge of the network, such as in retail, gaming, and other industries. It will also strengthen Orange Business Services’ portfolio by bringing value-added analytics and additional cloud services based on Google Cloud solutions, and strengthening Orange Cyberdefense’s leading capabilities.

Google Cloud will further reinforce its presence in Europe as a significant player in the cloud sector providing advanced technologies and services across all major industries, including businesses both small and large.

The partners will also work on the development of future edge computing services. Edge computing will be key in the race to meet new consumer and enterprise requirements for low-latency and high-speed services, the announcement notes. The cooperation will combine the strengths of Google Cloud and Orange to provide flexible, secure and cutting-edge solutions for the B2B, Wholesale and B2C markets and will contribute to the connectivity offerings that Orange provides to its wholesale, B2B and retail customers.

Orange and Google Cloud also agree to jointly create an Innovation Lab and a Center of Excellence. The Innovation Lab is expected to enable new industry solution development based on data and AI within the broader framework of the evolving 5G / edge computing ecosystem. The Center of Excellence will provide Google Cloud support for Orange France and other Orange affiliates as they engage in their cloud transformation. The center will provide training in data, AI and cloud services for several thousand Orange employees.

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