Amazon and Eircom form strategic cloud alliance

28 Nov 2012

Terry Wise, director of Worldwide Partnerships, Amazon Web Services (left), and Ronan Kneafsey, managing director of Eircom Business

Cloud giant Amazon has revealed a strategic relationship has been agreed between it and Irish telecoms player Eircom. The deal, announced at Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) inaugural re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, will centre on cloud-based delivery of IT services.

The deal represents yet another telecoms company that has joined the AWS fold.

For Eircom it will mean being able to offer pay-per-use cloud services and allow businesses to scale their use of cloud services as the situation demands.

“This strategic offering, powered by Amazon Web Services technology, significantly expands the breadth of Eircom’s cloud services portfolio, allowing clients to access their data and content anytime, anywhere,” said Ronan Kneafsey, managing director of Eircom Business.

“Ireland is at the forefront of a growing cloud industry, with leading players such as Amazon Web Services providing established best-in-class services.”

Interestingly, Kneafsey said the agreement will enable Eircom to serve businesses and public-sector organisations not only in Ireland but also the UK in terms of cloud services.

“We are excited to work with Eircom, to help businesses save money, speed time to market and expand their businesses using Amazon Web Services,” Amazon Web Services’ director of worldwide partnerships Terry Wise said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years