BT launches cloud service

BT has announced its cloud computing service called Virtual Data Centre (VDC) at the Handelsblatt Telecommunications Market Europe conference in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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BT has announced its cloud computing service called Virtual Data Centre (VDC) at the Handelsblatt Telecommunications Market Europe conference in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The company said the its key differentiator is that VDC offers servers, storage, networks and security that is orchestrated and automatically provisioned through its online portal.

Customers can change the infrastructure simply, in real-time throughout the duration of the contract via the portal.

As part of the BT VDC offering, customers will be able to purchase virtualised components and access them over a pre-provisioned infrastructure. Virtual server, storage, security and networking capabilities will be available, automated and orchestrated through an online portal and supported by a single service desk.

“BT is one of the very first movers in Europe with its infrastructure as a service offer and the only global provider that will be deploying this service across a vast network of data centres both in the UK and Europe,” said Dustin Kehoe, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis. “Other differentiators for BT include a strong central platform allowing customers to provision services on the fly.”

"BT VDC will deliver a new and enhanced customer experience. Having the click-to-build and buy facility will give them flexibility and ease of provisioning. Deployment times will also be reduced from months to weeks resulting in further cost savings and efficiencies," said Hanif Lalani, chief executive of BT Global Services.