Friday, May 24, 2013

Colt: Largest Cloud Footprint in Europe

Colt Technology Services announced "the largest cloud footprint in Europe" via its data centers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.

Colt is using a standardised orchestration layer in these data centers to ensure that regardless of where the business is located, or where the applications are hosted, customers can access, provision, manage and automate their network, infrastructure and storage via a single, online portal.

In addition to enabling network, server and storage provisioning, Colt’s orchestration layer also links service management to flexible commercial frameworks in a simple-to-use online service request catalogue, accessible from anywhere, via any device. Service levels can be designed to reflect different business priorities and scaled up as required all the way from self-service through to a fully-managed service. Customer support is provided in 15 languages from Colt’s dedicated customer service centres.

“To date, CIOs have faced the choice between public cloud and outsourced IT services,” explains Jon Bennett, VP of Portfolio and Strategy. “But the ability to scale compute resource should not exclude flexible commercial and service levels that allow the CIO to guarantee business outcomes.”

“Our enterprise cloud services are designed to deliver scalable cloud solutions as well as flexible service and commercial levels delivered via our service catalogue. After consulting closely with our customers, it is clear that being able to offer infrastructure, platforms and workloads will give the CIO confidence that they can focus on delivering business objectives, rather than managing technology.”

Colt also operates a 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings and its 20 Colt data centers.