Connecting to the cloud

Connecting to the cloud

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The reality

Realising the benefits of the cloud

The age of cloud is well and truly here, you are dependent on cloud services, or if you aren’t now you soon will be. You need to be able to connect to range of different cloud services, securely and quickly.

This means you need connectivity to the leading 3rd party providers such as Microsoft and Salesforce, you need connectivity to your data centre services and BT data services and you need access to the internet from your network.

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Find out why the cloud means a new kind of IT and a new kind of CIO.

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The problem

Reliability and simplicity

You need to connect to 3rd party suppliers, that connection is crucial to your organisation but the usual way to connect is the internet and the internet isnt what you would normally use for a connection of this importance. The internet is usually cheap, it’s a connection which is usually widely available, but the trade-off is that it doesn’t usually offer the assurance of connectivity that direct connectivity delivers. You need a direct connection from your network. This not only offers you the assurance of service you need for such an important connection but it also offers you simplicity, it’s a simple extension of your own network.

BT Cloud Connect ExpressRoute brings with it a management wrap that matches the service levels enjoyed by enterprise networks. It confers greater integrity and robustness to the cloud, something you don’t get with public internet connections.”
- Andy Matthews, IT Manager, Houlder

How we can help

Complete cloud solution

We offer a complete cloud solution, our cloud of clouds vision offers you the range of cloud services you need to realise the benefits of the cloud, key to that is our cloud connectivity.

We offer direct connectivity to 3rd party providers, it’s a simple extension of your network which offers the assurance of service you need for such a crucial service. Those 3rd party providers include Microsoft, Salesforce, HP Helion and Amazon Web Services. We offer internet gateways which allow local breakout to the internet from your network. We offer cloud based security and acceleration which provide added confidence and performance. Last but not least we offer connectivity to over 250 data centres, providing lower cost quicker connectivity, including our own Compute data centres and their market leading services. We do all of this globally, we offer services where you want to do business, ensuring you don’t have to carry traffic across the globe.

We offer a complete cloud solution which ensures you can realise the benefits of the cloud.

Key portfolio

  • Cloud Connect – offering direct connectivity to 3rd party cloud providers, cloud security and acceleration and connectivity to more than 250 data centres across the globe.
  • IP Connect – Our IP Connect service offers an intelligent flexible VPN, the platform to your complete ICT solution. We offer complete coverage globally and in the UK, utilising a range of different access and service options. Cloud connect is an extension of our IP Connect service.
  • Internet Connect – Our Internet connectivity comes in a range of different options. We offer business grade connectivity, which is the ideal solution for key applications and .com presence. We also offer a lower cost Internet Connect Reach solution, which has greater reach and perfect for local breakout from a branch network.
  • Cloud Compute – Cloud Compute is a pre-provisioned data centre infrastructure that enables you to create, deploy, monitor and manage your own cloud service.

The real challenge for GIS is no longer the analysis itself, but the vast amount of data produced during analysis that needs to be managed and stored. And this is where the cloud computing resources that BT provides really help us advance the science.”
- Niranjan Nagarajan, Associate Director, Computational and Systems Biology Genome Institute of Singapore

Why BT

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

  • Our technology strategy, the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ 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 network, recognized by analysts as market leading for its reach and capability. It is the perfect platform to your cloud based solution.
  • We have the connectivity to the leading 3rd party cloud providers such as Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, AWS and Salesforce, this is direct connectivity offering the assurance of service you need.
  • Our Internet Connectivity leads the market because of its reach and range of choices; we can meet the different demands of different organisations.
  • We have done it before, many times, we have the experience as well as the capability. We can make sure your cloud based solution is a success.