Maximising the benefits of cloud

Maximising the benefits of cloud Maximising the benefits of cloud.

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The reality

Exploit the many benefits of cloud, faster

Every organisation knows about the benefits of the cloud – more flexibility, less cost; more computing capacity, applications and services available on demand, as well as less capital tied up in maintenance-hungry systems on the premises. And as more and more businesses make the move to cloud it is now seen as a critical enabler for enterprise IT delivery. In fact, by 2018 it’s predicted at least half of all IT spending will be in the cloud (i) and by 2020 a ‘no cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today (ii). The challenge however is how to navigate the myriad of choices on offer while ensuring the cloud services you are running work together seamlessly providing the best outcomes for your business, and best experience possible for your people.

(i) IDC, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions Mastering the Raw Material of Digital Transformation, November 2015)

(ii) Gartner, Predicts 2016: Cloud Computing to Drive Digital Business, December 2015

Give me choice and control in the cloud

“BT’s Compute Management System enables you to create, deploy, monitor and manage your cloud services. View all your resources as a virtual data centre, set up new infrastructure, deploy and manage applications, get cloud-based file storage, data protection, sharing services and more – in minutes”.

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The problem

Avoiding lock-in

To take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer, having choice and control is fundamental. Organisations shouldn’t have to decide which vendor’s technology they’ll be locked in to, if that decision curbs their ambitions later. They need access to systems they’re already using, as well as being able to switch on new independent apps in a moment. They should have the option to run private and public clouds together and blend their own data centres with cloud-enabled ones, and be sure everything will run seamlessly together. And moving to the cloud shouldn’t have to be a dramatic throw of the on-off lever.

It can often be a complex environment to navigate. However, with the right partner who can advise on cloud strategy and steer you through the choices on offer, you should be able to do what you want at the pace that’s right for your aims and ambitions.

How we can help

Making the right choices

Our aim is to help you exploit the many benefits of cloud, faster whilst ensuring you still have choice and control with peace of mind that everything will run seamlessly together. We can help advise you on a cloud strategy that is tailored for your business, migrate services and applications to the cloud, put the infrastructure in place and give an end-to-end service to manage it.

We deliver flexibility, from how to connect to the cloud, to where your applications run. Our Compute Management System puts you in control enabling all your resources to be viewed, configured and managed as a virtual data centre with applications, data and storage from a single portal. You can get new infrastructure whether private or public up and running in minutes, deploy and manage applications and get cloud-based file storage, data protection and sharing services and more.

We deliver choice, as we recognise that you want to use different clouds to do different jobs. We connect to most of the major third-party cloud suppliers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure – and the connections are private, so performance and security never suffer. And we’ve put our local data centres close to where our customers are, meaning you get the performance you and your customers expect with the choice of cloud services for you to exploit and use to innovate. This all means we can offer the kind of cloud services that could bring competitive advantage. We can bring those clouds together to deliver a seamless service across them all so they perform smoothly, and then manage your cloud service for you.

We want to help you to take even more advantage of cloud services and use them to really transform your business to deliver even more value. We’ve delivered complex cloud projects worldwide and our team of 2,000 highly skilled BT Advise consultants is here to help you.

Key portfolio

Bringing cloud services together

  • Compute Management System - Our Compute Management System (CMS) provides an overarching platform bringing together a range of cloud based services enabling them to be accessed, managed and monetised all in to one place. We connect you across our global network through a secure central dashboard giving you control to manage the infrastructure, applications and data you need. We offer a choice of pay-as-you-go pricing or pre-pay compute allowances to offer greater agility and more control over your costs.

  • Cloud Connect - Providing high performance network connectivity to cloud services from providers such as Microsoft or Amazon, we can simplify your move to cloud. Whether you are connecting to a cloud service provider using direct private (MPLS) connections or the internet, your customers and users will be able to benefit from improved performance from our Cloud Connect platform. With connectivity to the major cloud service providers already in place, you will save money from the lower cost of our connectivity and from the scale advantage of the cloud service provider. 

  • Advise Compute  - Professional services expertise from 2,000 consultants globally, ensuring your journey to the cloud delivers to timescales and with the benefits you demand. We can assess your current IT, analyse your business objectives and come up with a cloud strategy for you. We’ll test each element of the service to make sure it works with the others and is fit for the job. Then we’ll create a process to make your strategy happen with timelines, resource planning, data protection and service continuity. Once it’s in place we can support you to manage your cloud activities and make sure everything is working the way it should.

At first we thought the cloud journey would have been too risky and costly, but BT managed our expectations all the way and right-sized us accordingly.”
- James Neilson, Chief Digital Officer, Formwize

Why BT

BT is the ideal partner to help you reap the benefits of cloud.

  • The ‘Cloud of Clouds’ – our portfolio strategy - allows you to connect easily and securely to the applications and data you need, globally. We have the infrastructure, platform, tools, people, experience and relationships, making us the best partner for you to go on your cloud journey with, both now and into the future.
  • We have the best cloud infrastructure coverage in the world amongst global telcos with more BT data centres enabled for cloud services than any other provider, offering a choice of 22 locations across 5 continents.
  • We’ve put our data centres near to our customers meaning you get the speed of performance you need from applications delivered locally but with global scale.
  • We can help you make the most of cloud connectivity, whether you are looking to connect to a new cloud service provider or implement a new cloud application you will be able to implement at speed and realise the benefits for your organisation faster than ever before.
  • We work with some of the world’s biggest organisations and it’s given us a depth of experience we can apply to different industries, from financial services and automotive to life sciences and retail. And because we’re not tied to any one supplier we can offer the widest choice of solutions, through our strong partnerships with major IT vendors.
  • Our capabilities are recognised across the industry. For the third consecutive year, we have been recognised as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe, July 2014 (i). We have also been rated ‘very strong’ in the Current Analysis Data Centre & Cloud Service Product assessment, January 2016 (ii)

(i) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Europe, Tiny Haynes, Gianluca Tramacere, Gregor Petri, 30 June 2015.

(ii) Current Analysis, Global Data Centre and Cloud Services, John Marcus, January 2016