Oracle and Orange have announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement to accelerate cloud-led digital transformation in West Africa.
Under the agreement, Oracle and Orange plan to jointly offer cloud services for enterprise and public sector organizations in West Africa, beginning with Senegal and the Ivory Coast. Orange plans to use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to complement its portfolio of enterprise-grade managed cloud services.
The companies also announced plans to assess building additional Oracle Cloud regions using Orange’s infrastructure in Senegal and the Ivory Coast. This aligns with a common objective of ensuring that all customer data is hosted locally as well as providing customers with cloud services that meet their data latency, performance, and data sovereignty requirements.
“With improved bandwidth access, and increased awareness of the benefits of cloud computing, organizations in the West and Sub-Saharan Africa region have begun exploring migrating workloads to the cloud. This initiative with Orange is an important step toward introducing world-class cloud infrastructure in the region,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Orange has an extensive footprint in West Africa, reaching more than 130 million customers in the region; and its B2B services are supported by its extensive network as well as capabilities including Internet of Things, applications, cybersecurity, cloud, and data center management. OCI delivers superior performance, built-in security, and lower cost and is ideally suited for mission-critical and cloud-native workloads in enterprise and public sector environments.
“We strongly believe that digital technology is a catalyst for economic transformation on the African continent, contributing to sustainable employment and socio-economic development. Cloud infrastructure is one of the key solutions Orange brings to companies and public institutions in its role as a multi-service operator. Oracle’s industry-recognized solutions will bring additional value to Orange’s Cloud portfolio,” said Alioune Ndiaye, chairman and CEO, Orange Middle-East and Africa.
“As organizations in West Africa start their digital transformations, we look forward to joining with Orange to offer a rich portfolio of cloud infrastructure services,” said Jonathan Tikochinsky, executive vice president, Global Strategic Clients Group at Oracle. “This partnership brings the power of Oracle’s OCI services and Orange’s extensive managed cloud services that will empower organizations to take advantage of the efficiency, cost savings and increased security that the cloud provides.”
Finally, Oracle and Orange intend to jointly promote their health solutions, especially in the area of vaccination. This cooperation has the potential to bring considerable benefits to local populations, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, through a fully-digitalized process and improved vaccine stock management.