Orange Business Services, the global IT and communications services based in France, is taking its Flexible Computing IaaS offering on the road. Specifically, the company is launching the service in North America and Asia through several cloud-ready data centers.

Never heard of Orange before? The company has been quiet on the Talkin' Cloud front for the last couple of years, but in 2011, the company made several announcements related to cloud, including the launch of a Microsoft Office 365 offering, a cloud UC offering and other enhancements to its cloud portfolio.

Orange will be hitting the ground running in Flexible Computing's new markets. The company boasts 500 IaaS customers in Europe. With other products and services, Orange operates in 220 countries around the world, making its launch into North America and Asia a big deal. It will be entering the market with an IaaS offering that will be scalable beyond what smaller providers are able to offer.

What does Flexible Computing offer? Here's the list of key features straight from the company:

  • Rapid scalability and flexibility. Flexible Computing offers a scalable and modular service for fast and easy provisioning of resources that can scale up and down to meet fluctuating demand and dynamic business growth.
  • Self-managed or fully-managed service. Multinational corporations can choose either self-managed infrastructure-as-a-service accessed through a secure easy-to-use self-service portal, or a fully managed service, allowing them to further optimize internal IT resources to focus on strategic projects and application delivery.
  • Usage-based pricing. Through usage-based invoicing, customers can predict and monitor both their IT resources and service consumption. Paying only for the resources and services they use helps companies better align IT costs with business activities.

"The international expansion of Flexible Computing, coupled with Orange's seamless cloud-ready network, offers the reach, flexibility and unmatched coverage that our customers are looking for," said Thierry Bonhomme, Orange Business Services CEO, in a prepared statement. "The on-demand IT resources and infrastructure enables them to seize new markets and opportunities, as well as accelerate time-to-market for new products and services."

Orange has been growing quickly in the cloud space, but Flexible Computing seems intended for large enterprises rather than the midmarket or SMB. That could mean it will only compete indirectly with a lot of cloud services providers, but in other cases, its presence in North America could mean heightened competition.