BT and Ulteo to help global life sciences teams create secure collaborative environments

 BT and Ulteo to help global life sciences teams create secure collaborative
                                 environments

Cloud-based offering to empower users to access massive data sets in seconds,
provides air-lock systems to protect and manage sensitive patient data

PR Newswire

IRVING, Texas, April 29, 2014

IRVING, Texas, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BT and Ulteo today announced
that the two companies are now working closely together to help life sciences
organizations use technology to create collaborative and secure analytical
environments, leveraging BT for Life Sciences Cloud Compute solutions combined
with Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD).

By combining BT's Cloud Compute platform with the Ulteo OVD, life sciences
companies can access a common platform that allows team members to remotely
access large-scale projects-- including data sets that extend to several
petabytes-- in a matter of seconds. In a traditional setting, a project of
similar scale may take hours to load, and in many cases, requires significant
logistical support to ship large hard drives to offices around the world.

The platform can be accessed directly from a user's desktop, and provides an
experience that looks and feels like a local application on the user's
computer. Three desktop environments will be supported and available to be
delivered: Linux Gnome, Windows PC and a portal interface that will allow
users to select from a list of applications in their web browser and open an
application the same way they would on their desktop.

To manage sensitive patient data, the platform is also secured using federated
identity management and controls that allow customers to control access to
data by file type and clinical data record content. Additionally, the platform
offers controls that allow users to view and work with data, but ensures that
all information is 'air locked' within the system so that sensitive patient
data can be accessed only as encrypted display information. Actual patient
data never leaves the data center, ensuring that it cannot be removed or
stolen.

The mutual goal for BT and Ulteo is to allow life sciences customers to focus
on developing transformational medicine, without the worries and hassles of
how to access large data sets and manage complex information sharing.

"What we've been able to create with BT is more than simply a remote desktop.
It's a powerful platform that allows users to quickly access and share massive
amounts of data while maintaining a firewalled, secure environment," said
David Austin, VP Business Development at Ulteo.

Yury Rozenman, Business Development Director, BT for Life Sciences said, "We
know that the users of these platforms are scientists first and foremost. By
making it easier for them to quickly access and share information, we are
helping to create an environment where they can focus on improving their drug
development pipeline, while honoring medical privacy, and ultimately creating
therapies that positively impact patients' lives."

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, TV and internet products and
services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists
principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT
Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's reported revenue was £18,103m
with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

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.

About Ulteo

At Ulteo our vision is to enable organizations to connect their employees with
the applications and information they need to be successful. By transforming
the way applications and desktops are delivered we help streamline IT while
enabling new ways of working.

Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD), the most cost efficient platform available
in the market, is an easy to implement yet powerful solution that delivers
virtualized desktops and applications from the cloud to PCs, laptops, Macs,
tablets, smart phones, and thin clients.

Ulteo SAS is a commercial open source vendor, our customers benefit from the
ethos of the open source model with the security and backing of a commercial
enterprise. Our mission is to deliver non-proprietary platforms built on
innovation, independence and an open architecture.

For more information visit http://www.ulteo.com.

SOURCE BT

Website: http://www.btplc.com/
Contact: Benjamin Tricoche, Ulteo PR Contact, +33 (0)250 011 506,
press@ulteo.com; or Kris Kozamchak, Head of PR and Corporate Relations U.S.,
BT, 972-310-9055, kris.kozamchak@bt.com
 
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