Amcor Unpackages Apps in Hybrid Cloud

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Global packaging company Amcor has further consolidated its corporate applications in a hybrid cloud and remodeled its enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools.

Amcor’s hybrid cloud integrates its global data centers and network infrastructure utilizing Orange Business Services solutions and expertise to make its overall business more responsive.

The packaging giant, an Australian-American company domiciled in the U.K., had previously deployed Orange Business Services hybrid cloud solutions, consolidating its private cloud-managed infrastructure and global public cloud services.

For the public cloud services, including OS and middleware management plus hosting and operating the IT applications, Amcor uses Orange Business Services’ Flexible Engine Public Cloud solution, combined with the new SAP HANA certified cloud solution.

Orange Business Services has now further extended this agreement by providing Amcor with a fully managed end-to-end hybrid cloud solution that includes the operating system, databases, and disaster recovery and backup. Orange upgraded and combined the existing data center environment by integrating some of Amcor’s legacy ERP workloads with an SAP Hana solution and relevant workloads.

As part of the consolidation, workloads have been balanced in different data centers to allow both high availability and the business to effectively benefit from operational efficiencies.

Workloads have been migrated to the private cloud, while SAP workloads are managed on Orange’s SAP HANA certified platform called Flexible Engine for SAP, ensuring business continuity with complete flexibility. It will also provide Amcor with an easy migration path to SAP HANA, the new SAP in-memory database.

At the same time, other corporate applications have moved to Flexible Engine. The entire hybrid cloud is now integrated with Amcor’s existing Orange Business VPN network to securely manage growing internet traffic and optimize cost and performance.

Joel Ranchin, vice president for IT at Amcor, said the company’s priorities were to simplify its operations while ensuring security, performance, and 24/7 accessibility to mission-critical applications and data.

Equinix and Orange Business Services are also collaborating so that multinational enterprises can grow their infrastructure securely with scalable and robust IT infrastructure solutions. It makes it easier for them to enter new markets, launch new data driven services and deliver outstanding experiences to globally distributed employees and customers, while driving their multicloud journeys. See more information about the collaboration here

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