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BT to broaden Cloud of Clouds offering with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute for Microsoft Office 365

DC15-444 (29 September 2015)

BT Cloud Connect customers among the first to benefit from lower latency, more predictable performance and enhanced security when connecting to Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite

BT today announced it is further broadening its Cloud of Clouds offering by providing customers the ability to connect directly to the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.

The offer builds on BT’s vision of the Cloud of Clouds by enabling its corporate customers to establish a privacy-enhanced, managed connection to consume Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 capabilities with the highly predictable performance and the reliability that come with dedicated connectivity.

BT will offer Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 at global locations in Europe, the USA and Asia, where the service is available. BT is also among the first global network providers to offer this service in Europe through connectivity in Amsterdam and London. This capability leverages BT Cloud Connect, BT’s high performance connectivity to cloud services.

Cloud of Clouds

- Keith Langridge, vice president, BT Connect portfolio Our vision of Cloud of Clouds is all about giving customers more choice, more security and a better user experience as they orchestrate their increasingly diverse cloud environments. Our global network infrastructure helps them bring it all together by connecting them directly with enhanced security to a whole ecosystem of cloud providers. Our customers are looking forward to accessing Office 365 in the cloud as if it was hosted in their own data centers. Being among the first providers able to deliver this connectivity is an important milestone in our journey to be one of the world’s leading cloud services integrators.”
- Keith Langridge, vice president, BT Connect portfolio

BT was already, in 2014, among the first global providers to enable its customers to connect directly to Azure through a security-enhanced, reliable and resilient connection. As a result, BT’s enterprise customers can build a seamless, hybrid IT environment encompassing their corporate networks, data centers and Azure. It also includes single billing facilities for the BT Compute and Azure services. Customers can leverage BT’s network and systems integration strengths, in combining their own cloud with Microsoft’s cloud under a single service wrap from BT.

Houlder, a global marine and offshore design and engineering company, was one of BT’s first customers to take Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to the Azure. Andy Matthews, IT Manager at Houlder said: “Adding Office 365 to the existing Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity provided by BT is a logical extension of the service for us. In our own testing of ExpressRoute for Office 365, the service delivered consistently high performance, security and reliability. The new service also simplifies management so customers can operate both Microsoft cloud environments through one resilient connection. This supports Houlder’s goal of reducing our in-house infrastructure, freeing up resources to focus on our innovative engineering output instead.”

Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 adds to the wide range of business solutions that BT already offers with Microsoft, and demonstrates both companies’ commitment to cloud interoperability for their customers.

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.

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.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com.

For further information

Alan Ball, Head of Global PR and Suzanne Masterton, Head of UK PR