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Orange Launches 'X By Orange' Venture with Red Hat's 'Cloud-Native' Tech

RALEIGH, North Carolina -- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that X By Orange, a subsidiary of Orange Spain focused on business-to-business (B2B) digital services, selected Red Hat as a core technology partner to help create its software-defined strategy with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in collaboration with Red Hat Consulting. With the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, X by Orange is building a greenfield, cloud-native platform, enabling the service provider to embrace DevOps and agile development and more rapidly create and deliver digital services to business customers.

The shift to software-defined, and virtualized infrastructure changes how services can be created, provisioned and operated, and is altering the competitive dynamics of the industry. To keep ahead of the curve, the Orange Group decided to embrace this new approach, changing the technology it buys and how it operates infrastructure, in order to deliver services that are more competitive in the digital age. Rather than evolve its existing infrastructure based on legacy hardware, Orange chose to create a separate platform, culminating with the launch of its new software-based, cloud-native subsidiary, X by Orange. Focusing on the needs of business customers, X by Orange aims to provide digital services and solutions to improve productivity for enterprises, in the areas of collaboration, privacy and security, and cloudification of infrastructure. Initial offerings cover unified communications, data privacy based on SD WAN, and legal music for retail stores, and the company plans to grow its services portfolio progressively.

It was important to X by Orange to have the freedom to use the public cloud provider or providers of its choosing, especially to help scale operations as the initiative grows. X by Orange selected Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to help it more quickly create and release new services and give it a “provider agnostic” Kubernetes platform on top of multicloud infrastructure. Delivering a common hybrid cloud foundation, Red Hat OpenShift’s API-driven architecture enables X by Orange to work with a diverse partner ecosystem, helping the company offer a range of its own and third-party services without sacrificing platform stability or reliability. Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift opens up Red Hat’s vast ecosystem of certified container solutions, providing an avenue for X by Orange to use the latest enterprise-ready, cloud-native innovations to meet emerging needs.

For a software-based CSP like X by Orange, DevOps and enhanced IT automation are critical in providing customer value, especially in delivering innovations to market more quickly and in removing manual intervention from the application development process. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is designed to support a DevOps strategy by uniting developers and IT operations on a single platform to build, deploy, and manage applications consistently across hybrid cloud and multicloud infrastructures. Built on the backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform tightly integrates across Red Hat’s broader technology portfolio in areas such as storage, management and middleware, providing additional paths for X by Orange to expand innovation as it grows.

Emphasizing its software- and services-defined strategy as both a philosophy and technology, X by Orange worked with Red Hat Consulting to benefit from Red Hat’s experience and expertise in helping organizations around the globe evolve their cultures, processes and technologies to enable a digital future. Skilled in helping customers to better adopt DevOps and agile workflows to foster open innovation, Red Hat can help organizations combine automation and infrastructure with more open culture and collaboration, providing a faster route to innovation and delivering more business.

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