Swisscom and Nokia have bolstered their public cloud offerings through new agreements with Amazon and Microsoft.

The Swiss operator is rolling out service suites to support enterprises as they migrate their IT infrastructure to either the Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure public clouds.

The bundles include an introductory workshop with a proof of concept developed for a specific business use case. A design service then clarifies the enterprise’s requirements and provides advice on the optimal solution, before the operator migrates and integrates it into the public cloud.

Each suite offers an additional range of expert services such as a cloud readiness assessment, AWS back-up solutions, data security and anonymisation, automation and global website architecture. They will be continually expanded with new offerings.

The Swiss operator also announced it has become a provider of Microsoft’s Azure cloud under its official Cloud Solution Provider programme. It will offer customers a secure, direct network connection to Azure, with Microsoft providing the infrastructure and platform from its data centres and Swisscom providing support and billing.

It is also exploring the possibility of hosting the Azure cloud in its own data centres.

Marcel Walker, Head of Network and Cloud at Swisscom Enterprise Customers, said the agreements would allow customers to benefit from a range of new services alongside the local expertise of Swisscom.

He said: “With these services, we are able to generate added value for cloud customers and remain true to our claim of being a trustworthy companion in the digital world."

Meanwhile, Nokia’s agreement with Amazon, also announced today, will see it offering services to help operators migrate to AWS more quickly.

This will include consulting and design on projects as well as integration, migration and operation of infrastructure and applications.

The two companies will also work together to help operators develop strategies for 5G and edge computing.

On the enterprise side, Nokia’s Nuage Networks SD-WAN offering will be integrated with AWS to provide an improved user experience to customers of both services.

Kathrin Buvac, Nokia's Chief Strategy Officer, said the collaboration would “accelerate the migration of service provider applications to the cloud and enable [the companies] to forge new opportunities together by delivering on next-generation connectivity and cloud services.

“This is a wide-ranging collaboration, spanning our services capabilities in application migration, SD-WAN from Nuage Networks, 5G, and IoT, allowing new growth opportunities for our top customers across both the service provider and large enterprise market segments."

Terry Wise, Global Vice President of Channels and Alliances at AWS, said: "Service providers are accelerating their migration to AWS in order to drive innovation for their customers and deliver lower total cost of IT to their organisations.”

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