BT Cloud Connect

Cloud connectivity

BT Cloud Connect


Make the most of cloud connectivity

BT Cloud Connect is a combination of cloud based services which include:

  • Cloud Connect Direct – direct connectivity to 3rd party cloud provider

cloud provider

  • Cloud Connect Data Centre – connectivity to global data centres
  • Internet Gateways – secure regional breakout locations for internet bound traffic
  • Cloud Connect Security – cloud based security utilising checkpoint
  • Cloud connect Acceleration – virtualised acceleration using Riverbed

Cloud is here and its centre stage. Today nearly every organisation is gaining advantages from Cloud services. With 90% of our largest customers planning or already using multiple cloud service, our Connect services are evolving so you can seize the opportunity.

This evolution is being delivered by the Cloud Connect portfolio, which is delivering a range of capabilities and benefits:  

  • Simplifying your move to the cloud, making the most of what you already have. With our cloud platform you can make the most of your existing investment in BT Connect services, reducing the risk and making it easier to move to the cloud.
  • Move faster. Whether you are looking to connect to a new cloud service provider or implement a new cloud application, you will be able to implement faster and realise the benefits for your organisation faster than ever before.
  • Improve performance. 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.
  • Improve security. With Security built into the Cloud Connect platform, you can benefit from enterprise security already built in.
  • Save money. 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.
  • Global service, delivered locally. Cloud Connect is a global service using local infrastructure located at major Internet peering and business hubs.

The details

Cloud Connect specifications

Cloud Connect platform

In the age of the Cloud you expect to be able to implement new services and make changes to existing services rapidly.
To meet this need we are building an agile cloud platform that uses Network Function Virtualisation (NfV) and Software Define Networks (SDN) technologies.
This goal is not limited to a single service, but a chain of services built on each other, for example, if you order a new BT Cloud Compute Virtual Machines additional IP Connect network capacity can be ordered and delivered at the same time.

Cloud Connect Points of Presence

Building on our coverage to over 198 countries and territories, we have created “Cloud Connect Points of Presence” located at major internet peering and business hubs around the in all regions around the world. These Cloud Connect Points of Presence offer a range of capabilities that can be provided on their own or together.

Cloud Connect Datacentres

In the age of the cloud, you expect to connect rapidly to a wide range of datacentres where your equipment is housed.

  • Over 250 datacentres on dedicated fibre today
  • Dedicated connectivity to datacentres through a growing number of carrier neutral meeting points including: Equinix, Interxion, and Telecity.

Cloud Connect Direct

Our direct connectivity to 3rd party providers gives you confidence in a connection your organisation relies upon. The connection is direct from your private network and therefore can deliver improved performance, reliability and security. We currently connect to the following partners and constantly looking to expand the list: 

Microsoft – ExpressRoute to Azure / O365 Salesforce – ExpressConnect to Salesforce Customer Success Platform  Salesforce – ExpressConnect to Salesforce Customer Success Platform

Microsoft – ExpressRoute to
Azure / O365

Amazon web Services – Direct
Connect to AWS

Salesforce – ExpressConnect to
Salesforce Customer Success Platform  

Oracle – FastConnect to Oracle Public Cloud

 HPE – Rapid Connect to HPe Helion

IBM Cloud

Oracle Network Cloud Service – FastConnect to Oracle Cloud

HPE – Rapid Connect to
HPE Helion 

IBM – IBM Cloud


 BT Cloud Compute



BT Cloud Compute 


We have delivered cloud connectivity to organisations in every sector, that means we have experience of what needs to happen to make sure the connection is a success. This isn’t just a connection for you, the move to the cloud is a transformational step for you. That’s why we have completely changed our service model to make sure we support you throughout the process.

Internet Gateways

Over the last decade hybrid MPLS / internet networks have become the standard for many organisations. As internet bound traffic has grown exponentially, organisations have looked to free up their core network by offloading the traffic on to the internet at the nearest possible location. To meet this requirement we have launched 18 regional internet gateways and improved the functionality by adding sophisticated security features.

  • Located at the world’s major internet peering locations
  • Breakout options: regional breakout (close to the originating users site) or optimised at the gateway closest to the traffic’s destination to offer an optimum choice of performance and cost.

Cloud Connect Acceleration

As organisations make increasing use of Cloud Applications, which can increase the distance between the end user and where their application is hosted, end user experience can be affected. To address this issue, we have built acceleration into our network using Riverbed Technology Inc’s Steelhead technology. As a result end user experience can be improved and bandwidth reduced.

Cloud Connect Security

Security is a critical issue. Embracing the cloud can result in a re-design of an organisations security. To meet this need we are building security into our network using Check Point Software Technologies. You can benefit by having your own security policy implemented within the BT network, so you don’t have to go to the time and expense of installing and managing your own dedicated security equipment.


Available across 5 continents

Availability of Cloud Connect varies by capability and region, please contact BT for more information.