British Telecommunications (BT) Joins Forces with Microsoft to Simplify Hybrid Cloud

British Telecommunications (BT) has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new service that will allow BT customers to build hybrid cloud infrastructure with a single service wrap, contract and on a single bill. Known as BT Compute for Microsoft Azure, the new service will also make it possible for BT customers to order Microsoft Azure alongside BT’s own cloud services. This will be done through its winning Compute Management System (CMS) online management tool.

BT customers already use private and public cloud services – also known as hybrid cloud – hosted in BT Compute’s 48 data centres globally. With BT acting as their cloud services integrator, and by using CMS, customers can manage their cloud services end-to-end from data centre to network, maximising the benefits and minimising the complexity, risk and costs of moving to the cloud. Using local delivery with global scale allows BT to meet the evolving needs of organisations for cloud services and at the same time address the complexity of regulatory requirements.

Integration of Microsoft Azure into the CMS according to BT expands the choice its customers. They gain access to Microsoft’s rapidly growing collection of integrated cloud services, including leading Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) computing capabilities.

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“Hybrid cloud has become a major focus for many large enterprises as they choose a variety of cloud solutions to suit their complex business needs. In fact, BT research suggests that 90% of its largest customers expect to be using a combination of public and private cloud in the next few years. Through our relationship with Microsoft, customers can build their own hybrid cloud environment and enjoy the benefits of Azure whilst removing costly management concerns from the equation. Our Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy is all about empowering our customers to take advantage of the choice, flexibility and control of cloud without concerns about the complexity and security.”  Neil Lock, vice president of BT Compute at Global Services, BT, said.

Aziz Benmalek, vice president, Worldwide Cloud and Hosting Services, Microsoft Corp, added that “BT is a natural fit to provide managed cloud services on Azure. Through our relationship with BT, we’re able to help customers with their infrastructure management and give them the ability to scale their business in a consistent hybrid cloud environment.”

The service will be available during the final quarter of 2016, adding further value to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute available through BT Cloud Connect Direct.

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