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CLOUD FUSION FROM PROXIMUS

Companies are increasingly opting for hybrid cloud solutions. To respond to this trend, Proximus built Cloud Fusion; an open ecosystem that connects these different storage environments. Joining these environments up means management is simplified and security maximized.

Groep Autoveiligheid issues inspection certificates and arranges driving tests with applications that are always available. The group duplicates its hardware in two Proximus datacenters. Until recently, the group’s data and applications were hosted in their own datacenter in Geel. “Every winter we hear reports of imminent power shortages, the resultant power cuts and other risks in general”, says CIO Rudi Op de Beeck. “Were our datacenter to go down because of this, our sites would only be able to carry on working to a very limited extent.” High availability for applications is important not only for our own activities but, more generally, for providing services to the public.

Groep Autoveiligheid migrates to two datacenters

Anyone who succeeds in tailoring their cloud model to the needs of their organization will immediately create the ideal framework for a digital business transformation.

The transition to the cloud

AMIT SINHA
Executive Vice-President Telecom, Media & Hi-Tech at HCL Technologies

ALEX LORETTE
Director Enterprise Solutions & Platforms at Proximus

How do you protect data and applications in the cloud? 

Cloud computing is changing the way organizations use, store and share data, applications and workloads. Bart Callens, Product Manager for security at Proximus, points out the challenges involved – and the measures to take.

Research and consulting firm Gartner predicts that, by 2025, 99% of all security breaches in the cloud will be linked to unsafe actions or incorrect configuration by the end-user. Callens points out that the question today is no longer whether the cloud is safe, but whether we use it in a safe way. "The cloud is certainly not inherently insecure, but working with it in the right way is crucial. It is about implementing cloud security company-wide and involving all actors in that process."

Amit Sinha 
Executive Vice-President Telecom, Media & Hi-Tech at HCL Technologies

“The Innovation Lab offers a safe environment where companies can try out ideas with different partners.” 

Alex Lorette, 
Director Enterprise Solutions & Platforms at Proximus

“Thanks to the partnership with HCL, our customers get access to an even broader portfolio of datacenter and cloud services.”

HCL TECHNOLOGIES
is a world-wide technology company that helps businesses prepare for the digital age. HCL mainly offers cloud and virtualization solutions.

Guidance over a wide scope of activity

 

The partnership with HCL and the joint Innovation Lab clearly indicate the direction that Proximus is taking. “We’re an ICT partner with a very wide scope of activity for our customers,” Alex Lorette concludes. “The market expects that too. For every issue our customers face – cloud, security, communication, collaboration – we want to offer the best solution. We do that ourselves, but also through the companies in our ecosystem and through close partnerships like the one with HCL.”

Innovation Lab for test cases 

Proximus and HCL are putting that into practice with the new Innovation Lab for cloud solutions. “It's an important feature of the partnership,” says Alex Lorette. “We’re positioning ourselves as the digital transformation partner for our customers. We’re developing an ecosystem in which customers can build and test specific cases with partners.” The Innovation Lab offers a safe environment, supported by Proximus and HCL, where companies can try out ideas with different partners. “A lab like this breaks through the feeling of ‘business as usual’,” says Amit Sinha,

Catalyst in digital evolution

To guide them along their path to the hybrid cloud, companies are looking more and more to their ICT partner. “They’re also doing that for everything related to multi-cloud orchestration,” says Amit Sinha. “That’s just where we want to play a decisive role with HCL. We consider ourselves a catalyst. In the past two years, Covid has only accelerated the digital evolution,” Amit Sinha continues. Customers count on Proximus to guide their entire digital journey. The collaboration with HCL helps meet that expectation.

Very often a part has stayed on-premises, in addition to a part in the public cloud and a component in the datacenter of an external service provider like Proximus. Seamlessly integrating those three platforms is among the major current challenges. “We offer that service with our Cloud Fusion platform,” explains Alex Lorette. “This involves a solution with which we manage and automate the hybrid cloud for customers via a ‘single pane of glass’, regardless of the technologies used.”

This shows how Proximus is further expanding its role as an ICT partner for customers, not only with private cloud, but also security, workplace, public cloud and all the accompanying professional and managed services.

Manage a hybrid cloud via the Cloud Fusion platform 
Hybrid reality based on three pillars

The collaboration with HCL allows Proximus to further develop its datacenter services for businesses. “We’re making the Proximus datacenters more resilient, more robust and better focused on innovation and transformation,” says Amit Sinha. That gives Proximus more digital clout, especially in the hybrid world in which companies work. “Traditionally, a business managed its own ICT infrastructure,” says Alex Lorette. “Then came the shift toward the public cloud. Today we see that the reality is hybrid, based on three pillars.”

Maintenance and operation of datacenters

 

“This involves a twofold partnership,” says Alex Lorette, Director of Enterprise Solutions & Platforms at Proximus. “HCL is responsible for maintenance and operation of our datacenters. We’re adding a business partnership to this so that we offer our customers additional services, with a broader range and higher quality.” It’s the combination of both companies that makes the difference: the in-depth technological knowhow of HCL, combined with the close contact that Proximus has with its customers.

“The telecom market is extremely dynamic and has changed very rapidly in recent years,” says Amit Sinha, Executive Vice-President of Telecom, Media & Hi-Tech at HCL Technologies. “Telecom used to be synonymous with connectivity. Later IT services were added to this. Today, customers expect their telecom partner to guide them in their digital transformation.” That evolution ensures that an ICT service provider like Proximus takes a flexible approach, always staying in the forefront and anticipating the future needs of customers. In that context, Proximus is now further expanding its long-time collaboration with HCL, exclusively for Belgium and Luxembourg.

Proximus and HCL continue to strengthen their longstanding partnership by, among other things, transforming the Proximus datacenters. In addition, the companies are starting a new Innovation Lab together for cloud solutions.

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Groep Autoveiligheid issues inspection certificates and arranges driving tests with applications that are always available. The group duplicates its hardware in two Proximus datacenters. Until recently, the group’s data and applications were hosted in their own datacenter in Geel. “Every winter we hear reports of imminent power shortages, the resultant power cuts and other risks in general”, says CIO Rudi Op de Beeck. “Were our datacenter to go down because of this, our sites would only be able to carry on working to a very limited extent.” High availability for applications is important not only for our own activities but, more generally, for providing services to the public.

Groep Autoveiligheid migrates to two datacenters

Anyone who succeeds in tailoring their cloud model to the needs of their organization will immediately create the ideal framework for a digital business transformation.

The transition to the cloud

CLOUD FUSION FROM PROXIMUS

Companies are increasingly opting for hybrid cloud solutions. To respond to this trend, Proximus built Cloud Fusion; an open ecosystem that connects these different storage environments. Joining these environments up means management is simplified and security maximized.

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How do you protect data and applications in the cloud? 

Cloud computing is changing the way organizations use, store and share data, applications and workloads. Bart Callens, Product Manager for security at Proximus, points out the challenges involved – and the measures to take.

Research and consulting firm Gartner predicts that, by 2025, 99% of all security breaches in the cloud will be linked to unsafe actions or incorrect configuration by the end-user. Callens points out that the question today is no longer whether the cloud is safe, but whether we use it in a safe way. "The cloud is certainly not inherently insecure, but working with it in the right way is crucial. It is about implementing cloud security company-wide and involving all actors in that process."

HCL TECHNOLOGIES
is a world-wide technology company that helps businesses prepare for the digital age. HCL mainly offers cloud and virtualization solutions.

Guidance over a wide scope of activity

 

The partnership with HCL and the joint Innovation Lab clearly indicate the direction that Proximus is taking. “We’re an ICT partner with a very wide scope of activity for our customers,” Alex Lorette concludes. “The market expects that too. For every issue our customers face – cloud, security, communication, collaboration – we want to offer the best solution. We do that ourselves, but also through the companies in our ecosystem and through close partnerships like the one with HCL.”

Innovation Lab for test cases 

Proximus and HCL are putting that into practice with the new Innovation Lab for cloud solutions. “It's an important feature of the partnership,” says Alex Lorette. “We’re positioning ourselves as the digital transformation partner for our customers. We’re developing an ecosystem in which customers can build and test specific cases with partners.” The Innovation Lab offers a safe environment, supported by Proximus and HCL, where companies can try out ideas with different partners. “A lab like this breaks through the feeling of ‘business as usual’,” says Amit Sinha,

Catalyst in digital evolution

To guide them along their path to the hybrid cloud, companies are looking more and more to their ICT partner. “They’re also doing that for everything related to multi-cloud orchestration,” says Amit Sinha. “That’s just where we want to play a decisive role with HCL. We consider ourselves a catalyst. In the past two years, Covid has only accelerated the digital evolution,” Amit Sinha continues. Customers count on Proximus to guide their entire digital journey. The collaboration with HCL helps meet that expectation.

Very often a part has stayed on-premises, in addition to a part in the public cloud and a component in the datacenter of an external service provider like Proximus. Seamlessly integrating those three platforms is among the major current challenges. “We offer that service with our Cloud Fusion platform,” explains Alex Lorette. “This involves a solution with which we manage and automate the hybrid cloud for customers via a ‘single pane of glass’, regardless of the technologies used.”

This shows how Proximus is further expanding its role as an ICT partner for customers, not only with private cloud, but also security, workplace, public cloud and all the accompanying professional and managed services.

Manage a hybrid cloud via the Cloud Fusion platform 

Amit Sinha 
Executive Vice-President Telecom, Media & Hi-Tech at HCL Technologies

“The Innovation Lab offers a safe environment where companies can try out ideas with different partners.” 

Hybrid reality based on three pillars

The collaboration with HCL allows Proximus to further develop its datacenter services for businesses. “We’re making the Proximus datacenters more resilient, more robust and better focused on innovation and transformation,” says Amit Sinha. That gives Proximus more digital clout, especially in the hybrid world in which companies work. “Traditionally, a business managed its own ICT infrastructure,” says Alex Lorette. “Then came the shift toward the public cloud. Today we see that the reality is hybrid, based on three pillars.”

Maintenance and operation of datacenters

 

“This involves a twofold partnership,” says Alex Lorette, Director of Enterprise Solutions & Platforms at Proximus. “HCL is responsible for maintenance and operation of our datacenters. We’re adding a business partnership to this so that we offer our customers additional services, with a broader range and higher quality.” It’s the combination of both companies that makes the difference: the in-depth technological knowhow of HCL, combined with the close contact that Proximus has with its customers.

Alex Lorette, 
Director Enterprise Solutions & Platforms at Proximus

“Thanks to the partnership with HCL, our customers get access to an even broader portfolio of datacenter and cloud services.”

“The telecom market is extremely dynamic and has changed very rapidly in recent years,” says Amit Sinha, Executive Vice-President of Telecom, Media & Hi-Tech at HCL Technologies. “Telecom used to be synonymous with connectivity. Later IT services were added to this. Today, customers expect their telecom partner to guide them in their digital transformation.” That evolution ensures that an ICT service provider like Proximus takes a flexible approach, always staying in the forefront and anticipating the future needs of customers. In that context, Proximus is now further expanding its long-time collaboration with HCL, exclusively for Belgium and Luxembourg.

Proximus and HCL continue to strengthen their longstanding partnership by, among other things, transforming the Proximus datacenters. In addition, the companies are starting a new Innovation Lab together for cloud solutions.