BT accelerates ‘Cloud of Clouds’ with new hosted Riverbed service

DC15-574 (09 December 2015)

Customers to benefit from improved performance when connecting to applications in the cloud

BT announced today that as part of its Cloud of Clouds vision it will deploy virtual Riverbed SteelHead application acceleration technology in the core of its global network, providing superior application performance for customers accessing BT’s own cloud services as well as other leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings. It is the first time Riverbed technology has been deployed into the core of a global telecoms network.

BT and Riverbed are embedding their services at global business hubs in Europe, North America and Asia in locations where BT has direct links to leading cloud providers and high-capacity internet breakout. The service will be available globally from early 2016 and accessible through BT’s IP Connect VPN from 198 countries and territories.

A series of pilots of the new capability showed substantial network performance improvements for SaaS applications such as the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite.

In addition to application acceleration and network bandwidth optimization, customers using the new service also gain increased control over their applications, better end-to-end visibility into performance, and significantly improved reliability and security compared to delivering applications over the internet.

BT’s technology vision: the Cloud of Clouds

Using Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), the new service will help customers take advantage of broader virtualised functions, such as application performance management and the management of high speed access to private and public clouds.

Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead and SteelFusion, at Riverbed said, “CIOs want to enjoy all of the benefits of the hybrid enterprise while solving the challenges of application delivery in this complex environment. Riverbed invented WAN optimization in 2004 with the launch of SteelHead and is today the leader in application performance infrastructure. The new integrated cloud-based solution from BT and Riverbed will provide unmatched application availability and acceleration as a service, offering an easier on-ramp to cloud computing via BT’s Cloud Connect service.”

Keith Langridge, vice president, network services at BT Global ServicesOur Cloud of Clouds vision is rapidly coming to fruition. By including Riverbed-as-a-service in our offering, we address one of the key issues faced by our customers: the performance and reliability of applications hosted in the cloud. The new service builds on the direct network connectivity we already provide to major cloud providers by bringing better speed, performance and control to applications hosted with these cloud providers. This joint offering with Riverbed is a milestone on the journey to software-defined networks, and creates an additional differentiator against our competitors.”
- Keith Langridge, vice president, network services at BT Global Services

BT’s technology vision: the Cloud of Clouds

The cloud is creating choices that never existed before. Through understanding those choices comes the confidence and the ability to harness change and do things that matter: get to market and innovate faster, keep costs down, and keep customers happy.

BT’s Cloud of Clouds vision is about allowing customers to connect easily and securely to the applications and data they need, regardless of where they’re hosted and where they are based.

As a cloud service integrator, we help customers move confidently and successfully along their cloud journey whilst minimising the complexity, risk and cost; to give them a choice of roadmaps that work for their organisation, in a way that will deliver the results they need.

We manage the whole process from network to cloud, we deal with third parties, deliver performance and security and simplify pricing, all under a single Service Level Agreement.

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About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at

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