Monday, April 29, 2013

BT Cloud Compute Makes Global Debut

BT announced the international launch of its Cloud Compute service, offering "pay as you go" cloud pricing and consistent levels of quality, security and service from BT.

BT Cloud Compute will be hosted in more than 45 data centers around the globe and managed by customers through a self-service dashboard.  BT said its service will help CIOs meet their stringent compliance requirements and local law and regulatory obligations by letting them decide exactly where they want their sensitive data to be hosted. Its cloud infrastructure uses industry standard secure data centers located in Brazil, Colombia, US, UK, Spain, Benelux, France, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong and will soon be in Germany, China, India, Argentina and Mexico.

BT also said its Cloud Compute differentiates itself from run-of-the-mill cloud offerings by being self-healing and resilient, bringing customers an expected service level of 99.95%. Hybrid capabilities are also supported.

Neil Sutton, Vice President, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services, said: “As a company, we are serious about Cloud. We invest millions every year to regularly refresh, update and evolve our datacentre infrastructure and our service to our customers. Cloud is about more than technology; it’s about the service and the possibilities it can enable locally and globally in a reliable, trusted and assured way, helping CIOs find answers to the unique questions their market and regulations demand.

Key features of BT Cloud Compute

  • Service availability: 99.95 per cent, dynamic provisioning, 24/7 with local service desks 
  • Delivered from Tier 3 or better data centres 
  • Access options: Portal, multi-lingual and multi-currency, open API, role-based access 
  • Architecture: Multi-availability zones across public and private resources 
  • Security: Role-based access, virtual security appliance, port forwarding 
  • Integration: Active directory and LDAP supported 
  • Network: Load balanced, multi VLAN, WAN connectivity available, virtual routing 
  • Commercial: Flexible pricing per hour, per month, or per annum 
  • OS supported: Microsoft, Linux, customer generated templates, ISO images 
  • Hypervisors supported: VMware, Citrix