Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Colt Builds Pan-European vCloud Linking its Data Center

Colt, which operates 20 data centres (one in development) and a fiber network spanning 43,000km across 22 countries, has deployed a pan-European vCloud based on the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1.

The deployment, which is the largest and most extensive vCloud Datacenter Service estate in Europe, enables customers in any Colt country to access enterprise cloud services from Colt data centres in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.

In addition to the native vCloud capabilities, Colt is launching complementary backup and disaster recovery services for vCloud, designed specifically to address the needs of its channel partners.

"We were the first European-based partner with a VMware vCloud Datacenter Services offering and we have worked closely with VMware’s development teams to ensure the latest vCloud software release meets the specific needs of our enterprise customers and partner community,” said Mark Leonard, Executive Vice President, Colt. “VMware’s recognition of the customer need for heterogonous infrastructure and its commitment to an open API-centric strategy means our enterprise customers will be able to build solutions from a broad service portfolio. Also, based on feedback from our resellers, we are seeing real demand for new channel-friendly solutions for vCloud backup and disaster recovery. These new offerings will help resellers operate their own services in this area."