BT launches new cloud services across Asia Pacific
By Digital News Asia November 25, 2014
- Rolls out BT One Cloud Cisco, BT One Cloud Lync and Cloud Connect to these regions
- Has improved network infrastructure and enhanced product portfolio in last few yrs
BT has announced new cloud services which it said were aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
Among the new services was BT One Cloud Cisco, a global platform that features full unified communications (UC) capabilities, including high-definition (HD) voice, multiparty HD video to improve the impact of virtual meetings, Instant Messaging (IM) and presence, and mobile clients delivered by Cisco Jabber.
Global coverage and resilience are ensured through BT’s data centres in the Americas, the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific, the company said in a statement.
Those data centres are paired one to another in geographically remote cities to bring additional resilience to services in case of major incidents, BT added.
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Another new service is BT One Cloud Lync, a fully-managed private cloud service with enterprise telephony and video with the standard feature set of presence, IM and conferencing in a single, unified platform.
Both services are available to customers on a pay per user basis, BT said.
The company said it is also launching its Cloud Connect programme across AMEA. Customers in these regions would now be able to connect directly through BT’s network to various other Software-as-a-Service providers and to more than 200 third-party data centres around the world.
By building acceleration and security features into the network, BT said it is now increasing application performance, reducing bandwidth costs, and improving security for customers.
The Cloud Connect programme also provides direct connections to BT’s own cloud services, including collaboration and UC, IT services and contact management. This reduces costs and speeds up delivery, the company claimed.
BT also announced the availability of BT for Life Sciences R&D in AMEA, which it claimed was the first cloud service designed to enable collaboration within the life sciences industry for increased R&D (research and development) productivity.
It is specifically designed to allow organisations active in the life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and associated sectors to comply with stringent security, regulatory and compliance requirements while accessing the very high computational demands of R&D and adopting the latest in cloud computing, collaboration, and unified communications, BT said.
The solution is based on the BT Cloud Compute platform and delivered through BT data centres. It has already been deployed with Genome Institute of Singapore and is being rolled out in Japan.
“We are proud to see our customers leverage the investments we have made in the AMEA region in the last few years,” said Kevin Taylor, president, BT Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.
“These have included improved network infrastructure, an enhanced product portfolio, strengthened field services, customer showcases and the establishment of service centres in the region.
“In the first half of this financial year, we have grown our revenue across the region by more than 10% and have doubled the value of our new orders compared with the same period last year,” he added.
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