Vodafone and Microsoft team up for cloud push in Italy

Vodafone Business partnered with Microsoft’s Italian unit to boost cloud and connectivity services in the country, as part of a wider initiative to promote the digital economy, which the pair stated would include businesses of all sizes.

The UK-based company said it is the first operator to join Microsoft’s partner alliance program for the cloud region, part of a five-year digitization program to provide Azure cloud services to local enterprises.

Vodafone explained that the partnership will see Microsoft getting advanced network connectivity to accelerate cloud migration in business sectors, in addition to “strategic investments” in training and marketing related to cloud infrastructure.

Vodafone Italia CEO Aldo Bisio underlined that the digital economy could be a key to the country’s post-Covid-19 (coronavirus) recovery, citing technologies such as “5G, edge computing and IoT” enabling new business models.

These will use Microsoft Azure and Vodafone’s 5G network to provide edge computing services to industries such as manufacturing and retail.

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