As an early adopter of software-defined access, cloud and virtualization, Orange Business Services uses the empowering technology to accelerate change and foster agility across its own infrastructure, and improve its revenue through margin-rich, sticky services that retain enterprise customers' loyalty across its expanding European footprint.
Leading these initiatives is John Isch, practice director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services -- and he will join Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana and Light Reading Executive Editor Mitch Wagner on Feb. 14, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UK on BBWN Radio. Register here.
Unscrambling the Alphabet of Virtualization
Orange Business Services' John Isch talks software-defined access and other techs close to his heart.
This Valentine's Day appearance is not the first time Isch has shared his experiences with BBWN. It is, however, a particularly busy time: In late January 2019, for example, Weener Plastics chose Orange Business Services' Flexible SD-WAN
to improve operational flexibility as it expands globally to ensure a presence in each country in which it operates. Fully automated Flexible SD-WAN is an "intelligent network with on-demand, virtualized services, centrally orchestrated for end-to-end performance and control," according to the French service provider.
This is the kind of simplicity and integrated interface enterprises want from service providers, Isch believes. During the IP radio broadcast, audience members can share their questions via BBWN, and hear Isch's thoughts and Orange Business Service's strategies in areas such as:
- What are some of the major benefits the service provider sees from SD-WAN and related broadband infrastructure changes?
- Do end-customers still have any misconceptions about cloud, virtualization or software-defined access?
- How about service providers?
- Is this a ubiquitous technology, in that it's suitable for providers of all sizes and geographies?
- The role of fiber -- which executives credit for much 2018 revenue growth of broadband and services -- in Orange Business Services' network infrastructure design and support?
In fact, total IT and integration services kept a growth trajectory of plus 4% year-on-year during Orange's third-quarter earnings report, for the period ending last October. Cloud business increased more than 10%, said Ramon Fernandez, deputy CEO of finance and performance in Europe, during that period's earnings call.
Join John Isch, practice director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services -- and BBWN's Alison Diana and Light Reading's Mitch Wagner on Feb. 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UK by registering here! Bring your real questions and coffee. Alison and Mitch will bring an endless supply of virtual cake (no calories).
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.