Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include AWS in its cloud offering portfolio, as well as provide trained and certified specialists in AWS services, while on the other side of the coin AWS will dedicate resources to support Telefonica and its customers.

What’s more, a Cloud Center of Excellence has been created in Spain, ‘using the AWS Well-Architected Framework and AWS recommended best practices for secure and scalable infrastructure to realise the full potential of cloud-based services’, as the company puts it.

This makes for an interesting comparison with Verizon’s announcement earlier this week. The US telco is to select AWS as its preferred cloud provider, migrating more than 1,000 business critical applications and backend systems in the process. As sister publication CloudTech pointed out, the move makes for an interesting next step in Verizon’s chequered cloud history, having bought Terremark in 2011 to ‘clear the way for Verizon to lead the rapidly evolving global managed IT infrastructure and cloud services market.’ Verizon shut down part of its public cloud service in 2016, and sold up to IBM a year later.

Here, the focus is on holding customers’ hands throughout their digital transformation projects. “AWS, with its depth and breadth of services as well as global presence, is a piece that fits perfectly in our cloud portfolio,” said Hugo de los Santos, Telefonica director global B2B products and services. “Telefonica’s cloud offering thus empowers our customers to run their infrastructure, applications and workloads on the most suitable cloud service possible.”

“Service providers are playing an important role in driving innovation and creating value for organisations,” said Niko Mykkanen, AWS head of EMEA partners and alliances in a statement. “We are excited to work with Telefonica to enable the digital transformation of enterprise customers and help them leverage the scalability and breadth of services that AWS offers.”

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