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Clearwater center offers IT strategy

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In the ever-changing world of business technology, one communication package doesn't fit all.

To make it easier for enterprises to experience and evaluate new IT infrastructures, Orange Business Services, a global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations, recently opened its first U.S.-based integration and briefing center at 420 Park Place Blvd., Clearwater..

Managing Orange Business Service's Clearwater location is Jim Macchiarola, head of Integration Services Center of Excellence-North America, Orange Business Services.

The facility, a joint investment between Orange and top technology partners, contains equipment that can demonstrate the latest in cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, mobility, network and application optimization, infrastructure management services and customized implementations.

The center also houses an on-site data center, labs where customer conditions and migration strategies can be simulated, and a site-to-site virtual private network for connecting remote locations to the testing process. Technologies from different vendors can be integrated, then mixed and matched to ensure compatibility before a mitigation strategy is made, promoting faster implementations and giving customers confidence to experiment with innovations.

"Previewing tailored solutions at our integration and briefing center helps assure companies that new IT innovations can be implemented successfully," said Diana Einterz, senior vice president of the Americas and French major accounts for Orange Business Services. "Upgrading an IT infrastructure, especially one containing a mix of different technologies and vendors, has always carried a certain amount of risk. 'How effective is this new piece of technology? Will this work with that? Will I face higher costs or down times if I proceed?' At Orange's integration and briefing center, we can help our customers with their migration strategies, while they can test drive their solutions in a safe environment to make sure they are a good fit."

Orange Business Services operates in 220 countries and territories offering communication services to thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users.

At the annual World Communication Awards 2012, the company earned Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User's Choice Award.

It is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information visit orange-business.com.

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