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Aircel, Virtela partnership to give Indian businesses a level playing field

30 августа 2011

Cloud service provider Virtela teamed up with Indian telecoms operator Aircel this week, forming a partnership designed to help companies based in emerging markets compete more effectively with global corporations.

The will enable Aircel's business customers to place their IT infrastructure into the cloud using Virtela's Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) platform.

"Today, every company is doing business globally," Jian Li, Virtela's chief technology officer, told Total Telecom in an interview on Thursday. "[The ESC will] enable [developing companies] to be able to compete and leapfrog their competitors."

"[It] makes it easier for multinationals to do business with those [developing market] companies... by [bringing] them up to the same level of technology," Jason Redisch, senior principle architect, added.

Under the terms of the agreement, Aircel can resell all Virtela's ESC services to enterprises. The pair have already signed up their first joint customer, a multinational pharmaceutical company, but declined to provide a name.

Virtela runs its ESC through 50 local cloud centres across the globe which it uses to aggregate all local services into the cloud. It claims its cloud-based application acceleration service can make business applications run up to 25 times faster. Microsoft Exchange runs between five and 17 times quicker, for example, Redisch explained.

By offloading these services into the cloud, companies can save on purchasing the infrastructure required. "It's all about eliminating upfront capex," he stated.

The cost to the customer varies depending on throughput, Li said. Prices begin at 50 cents per hour.

"[ESC isn't] limited to application acceleration though," Redisch said. It also facilitates "various types of security services"; for example, a user's firewall could be run offsite. "We can now push [security and remote access] into the cloud," Redisch said.

Источник: Total Telecom

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