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IBM Cloud now connected to BT's 'Cloud of Clouds'

16 Jan 18

BT, a telecommunications company, has launched a new service to provide global businesses with direct access to IBM Cloud via the BT Network. 

Direct connectivity to IBM Cloud data centers in Asia, and Australia as well as Mainland Europe and the US will arrive over the coming months. 

Currently, Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is being delivered from IBM Cloud data centers in the UK via IBM Cloud Direct link. 

With Cloud Connect Direct for IBM, BT customers receive a connection to the IBM Cloud so they can access services including compute, network and storage infrastructure as well as a catalogue spanning AI, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), data and analytics capabilities.

Direct cloud connectivity aims to help businesses achieve better performance, security, and availability compared to connecting over the open internet.

BT’s vice president of network services, Keith Langridge, comments, “Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is designed to help businesses fully harness the potential of high-value digital services delivered via IBM Cloud.”

“Businesses deploying IBM Cloud services can now benefit from improved performance, security and reliability, creating a rich digital experience for their customers and employees.”

Cloud Connect Direct for IBM will be managed and supported from a single BT-managed service desk.

IBM Cloud’s vice president of network, Kit Linton, adds, “Enterprises are rapidly turning to the cloud to modernize their core applications and build cloud-native solutions that leverage AI, IoT, Blockchain and more.”

“The collaboration with BT will help enterprises around the world seamlessly connect to the IBM Cloud so they can maximize their data and generate new business value.”

Cloud Connect Direct for IBM leverages BT’s global network reach, spanning 198 countries and territories. 

The service is designed, implemented and supported as part of the customer’s existing network infrastructure.

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