Telefónica Business Solutions and Huawei have announced a global partnership to help enterprises migrate to the cloud.

Under the agreement, Huawei will deploy Telefónica’s OpenStack-based Open Cloud Service in eight data centres, beginning in Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

Businesses will be able to move their IT servers to the platform and use the computing, storage and backup capabilities of Telefónica’s data centres on a pay-per-use basis.

[Read more: Telcos must do more in bid to provide cloud services to SMEs]

Huawei will also offer experience of providing public cloud services in the Chinese market to help Telefónica achieve economies of scale and price its services competitively.

Juan Carlos Lopez-Vives, CEO Telefonica Business Solutions, said: "With this agreement Telefónica will be better positioned to serve the needs of thousands of enterprises that require an easily scalable platform in the cloud at a competitive cost and with full reliability and security.

“This is all possible thanks to Telefónica’s capabilities providing end-to-end service management including the network and data centre. The smart combination and scale of Telefónica’s and Huawei’s capabilities reinforce both companies and furthermore represents the best guarantee for our customers"

Telefónica and Huawei will also jointly deploy a cloud innovation centre, which they said would allow Telefónica to offer further support to open standard platforms such as OpenStack.

Ryan Ding, Huawei’s Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions, said: “This global collaboration agreement represents a unique milestone in our long successful partnership with Telefonica, and will certainly have a big impact in promoting the migration of enterprises to the cloud and the digital world in all Telefonica footprint.”

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