Orange Business Services has become "one of the first" top-tier providers to join Microsoft Azure's Networking MSP programme.
The programme is designed to address enterprise cloud networking needs and challenges spanning all areas of cloud and hybrid networking.
Other channel firms in the programme include ANS and BT, as well as vendors Aryaka Networks and CenturyLink (now Lumen Technologies).
Orange's new certification will allow it to help customers navigate their digital transformation strategies - including networking models, security and end-to-end protection - using tools from the Azure portfolio.
"As a network-native digital services company we are positioned as a full-stack player, providing an end-to-end journey to the cloud via our network to cloud offers," stated said Paul Joyce, EVP of global solutions at Orange Business Services.
"Our partnership with Microsoft enables us to now go a step further enriching our value proposition within the Azure ecosystem, allowing us to provide our customers with products and services to advance their cloud strategies for even better, more resilient business outcomes.
Orange's status as a networking MSP will allow it to develop managed services within the Azure network, including network transformation, connectivity, monitoring and performance managed services, as well as security for Azure traffic.
The services will be marketed in Azure Marketplace, enabling Orange to reach both current and new customers.
Sunil Kishen, principal programme manager of Azure Networking at Microsoft added: "Enterprises can benefit from Orange's extensive networking expertise and service capabilities to leverage the power of Orange Flexible SD-WAN's native cloud connectivity combined with Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN automation value proposition.
"Azure networking managed services developed for our mutual customers will reinforce their autonomy and agility from the edge to the cloud."
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