BT Boosts Cloud Cover Across Four Continents

                 BT Boosts Cloud Cover Across Four Continents

PR Newswire

IRVING, Texas, April 29, 2013

IRVING, Texas, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BT is accelerating its push into
cloud computing all round the world by launching BT Cloud Compute, an enhanced
service that allows CIOs far greater control in terms of designing, building,
buying and operating a cloud solution that is tailored to their specific
needs.

CIOs can keep pace with the changing demands of their customers and
confidently build powerful 'pay as you go' cloud solutions that they can use
from anywhere in the world with consistent levels of quality, security and
service from BT.

From the boom economies of Latin America and the financial hubs of Europe to
the huge developing markets of Asia and the fast-moving retail sectors of the
US, BT's smartest, fastest customers are transforming their businesses by
creating or changing their service in response to new demands. BT research has
shown that customers using BT Cloud Compute make an average saving of 40 per
cent against traditional ways of working. By using BT's advanced Cloud
orchestration of infrastructure, network, applications and services, customers
can align costs directly to their business needs.

With services hosted in more than 45 datacenters around the globe and managed
by customers through a self-service dashboard, BT Cloud Compute is designed to
help CIOs meet their stringent compliance requirements and local law and
regulatory obligations by letting them decide exactly where they want their
sensitive data to be hosted. Its cloud infrastructure uses industry standard
secure data centers located in Brazil, Colombia, US, UK, Spain, Benelux,
France, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong and will soon be in Germany, China,
India, Argentina and Mexico.

Amy DeCarlo, Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services at Current
Analysis, said: "In the cloud services marketplace, BT is very strong in
comparison to other global enterprise IT services providers, because the
company has made good on its promise to offer services out of Europe, the
Americas and APAC. BT has also constructed a pragmatic 'build it and they
come' approach for investment in data center and cloud services that
complements its strong and growing global network infrastructure."

BT Cloud Compute is already allowing life sciences companies to collaborate
globally on crucial research and development projects to improve their speed
to market. A leading international law firm is using BT Cloud Compute with
web-based information sharing tools to provide clients with fast access to
legal and market know-how across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. One
of BT's most creative not-for-profit customers is using BT Cloud Compute to
raise money across Spain and Latin America via web, mobile and social media
apps. Those customers are safe in the knowledge that they are using the same
solutions that underpinned London 2012, the most connected Games ever.

BT Cloud Compute was developed at BT's research center in Adastral Park,
England in collaboration with some of our key world-leading industry partners.
It differentiates itself from run-of-the-mill cloud offerings by being
self-healing and resilient, bringing customers an expected service level of
99.95%. It also gives customers the ability to combine their own data centers
and private clouds with BT's global cloud capabilities, providing real
flexibility – the best choice of solutions to suit customers changing IT
needs. Automated delivery lets customers launch new services quickly and
efficiently, with high levels of choice, flexibility and control.

Neil Sutton,Vice President, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services, said: "As a
company, we are serious about Cloud. We invest millions every year to
regularly refresh, update and evolve our datacenter infrastructure and our
service to our customers. Cloud is about more than technology; it's about the
service and the possibilities it can enable locally and globally in a
reliable, trusted and assured way, helping CIOs find answers to the unique
questions their market and regulations demand.

"BT Cloud Compute's flexibility can be crucial as many companies expand into
new regions and markets, or find that their needs change quickly – a local
service but in a globally consistent manner. BT Cloud Compute's self-service
dashboard gives them the power to constantly monitor and manage their usage
and spending, in a similar way to household smart meters that give residential
customers better visibility and control over their energy usage."

About BT
BT 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 and internet products and
services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT
Wholesale and Openreach.

In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group's revenue was £18,897m with profit
before taxation of £2,445m.

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

BT Cloud Compute - Notes to Editors

Awards won by BT for its Cloud offering:

  o2011 GlobalTelecoms Business Innovation Award for Cloud Services;
  oWinner of the Best Project in Iaas category at Computerwoche's Best in
    Cloud 2011
  oBT was ranked the third largest provider of cloud infrastructure services
    in the world by industry analyst Synergy Research Group.
  oBT was recognized as a leading cloud supplier in Germany in multiple
    categories by the analysts of Experton Group in their latest "Cloud Vendor
    Benchmark 2012" report.

Cloud Compute key features

Service availability: 99.95 per cent, dynamic provisioning, 24/7 with local
service desks
Delivered from Tier 3 or better data centers
Access options: Portal, multi-lingual and multi-currency, open API, role-based
access
Architecture: Multi-availability zones across public and private resources
Security: Role-based access, virtual security appliance, port forwarding
Integration: Active directory and LDAP supported
Network: Load balanced, multi VLAN, WAN connectivity available, virtual
routing
Commercial: Flexible pricing per hour, per month, or per annum
OS supported: Microsoft, Linux, customer generated templates, ISO images
Hypervisors supported: VMware, Citrix

SOURCE BT

Website: http://www.btplc.com
Contact: Kris Kozamchak, 972 310 9055, kris.kozamchak@bt.com
 
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