Altice, Portugal’s leading telecoms firm, has announced it has partnered with technology giants Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to launch Azure Stack Hub, described as the first Azure hybrid cloud solution in the country.
The initiative was unveiled at the Covilha Data Center, the biggest data storage facility in Portugal.
Commenting on the partnership, Altice Portugal Chairman Alexandre Fonseca said: “This infrastructure will allow business clients of Altice Portugal not only to gain access to the suite of benefits associated with the public cloud, but also to store and process data within Portugal itself. This launch makes clear our intent that bringing Azure Cloud to Portugal […] should also be a critical step for the business network”.
Paula Panarra, General Manager of Microsoft Portugal, added that the service would “complement Azure services already available in Portugal, with the advantage that this is a hybrid solution that allows customers to access Azure services which are also stored in Portugal”.
Portugal Managing Director and Southern Europe Head of Partner Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Carlos Leite noted: “A hybrid cloud is the best of both worlds. It combines the public cloud component – meaning flexibility, speed and pay-per-use – with the lower latency, improved performance, enhanced security, and data sovereignty of the private cloud”.
In parallel, Altice announced a range of other initiatives, including a mobile base station in Proenca-a-Nova, as well as enhanced fibre optic coverage in the municipalities of Tomar and Vila Nova da Barquinha.
Source: Altice / Observador