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BT stakes its claim in cloud IT

Article Type: Analysis          Published: 05-2015         Views: 2667      



BT is aiming to be the world's 'cloud services integrator of choice' with its new Cloud of Clouds vision. Cloud Hosting magazine takes a closer look.

BT has announced what it describes as 'a new generation of cloud services' that allow large organisations around the world to connect easily and securely to the applications and the data they need, independently of where they are hosted. They will empower customers to integrate and orchestrate the IT resources hosted on their own private clouds as well as on BT's global cloud platform and on the platforms of other leading cloud providers. The new services take advantage of BT's global network infrastructure and build on BT's long standing expertise in the delivery of enterprise-grade cloud services.

BT's 'cloud of clouds' vision builds on a roadmap for future service delivery and is underpinned by a wide range of services and industry sector solutions, delivered over BT's global network infrastructure. The services are managed by customers through a single user-friendly service catalogue, using BT's new Cloud Management System. They include:

• IT infrastructure and applications delivered "as a service" to customers across BT's global network;

• Seamless provision and integration of cloud and non-cloud services;

• Integration of private, public and hybrid cloud services to support all the IT needs of customers;

• Bringing together services in the cloud from BT and partners such as AWS, Cisco, Equinix, HP, Interxion, Microsoft and Salesforce;

• Transition to the cloud through global network optimisation, application performance acceleration and management capabilities leveraging proven technology from BearingPoint, Dynatrace, Ipanema, Riverbed and others;

• Apps from BT allowing the deployment of applications on the cloud and supporting the development of new cloud services;

• Control and security of customer data to protect information and meet global and local regulations based on the BT Assure portfolio;

• Accelerated transition to the cloud-enabled economy using BT Advise professional services expertise to get the benefits faster.

Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services, said: "In the future digital age, no business will be successful unless it makes the most of the cloud. CIOs ask for choice and flexibility, trusted security and the best know-how in the industry to meet their business challenges. This matches perfectly with our network-centric vision of the 'cloud of clouds' and leverages the experience gained through the cloud ecosystems we have already built for the global financial services and life sciences sectors. We aim to be the leading global cloud services integrator."

Melanie Posey, Research Vice President at IDC comments: "The term 'One size fits all' does not apply to cloud services. Enterprises will be operating in diversified IT environments and consuming more and more cloud-based services from a range of providers. Therefore, enterprise customers need heterogeneous cloud frameworks that support a range of solutions tailored to different business requirements. They will want a provider that can serve as a trusted broker -- a partner capable of integrating and managing 'multi-cloud' IT estates in a secure fashion. As such, BT with its 'cloud of clouds' vision is well positioned to guide enterprises into the next-generation of federated cloud IT."
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