To optimise cloud computing and offer secure networked IT services
BT has announced that it will launch its new Virtual Data Centre (VDC) service, which it claims would provide a virtualised infrastructure platform that allows business and public sector organisations to consume their IT and networking infrastructure as a service. The company also said that the new service forms the base for future cloud services.
According to the company, BT customers will also be able to virtualise their networking and IT needs to the required service levels, they will be able to purchase virtualised components and access them over a pre-provisioned infrastructure. The new VDC service will be rolled-out across datacentres in different countries in EMEA.
In addition, virtual server, storage, security and networking capabilities will be available, automated and orchestrated through an online portal and will be supported by a single service desk.
Hanif Lalani, chief executive of BT global services, said: “In today’s turbulent, global economy companies need flexible, efficient, and secure networked IT services to sharpen their competitive edge, innovate how they do business and get to market first.
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.”
BT has also announced further additions to its global services offerings which are expected to be released by the end of 2009. These include BT Unite, offering converged voice and data services, and Next Generation Contact Centers (NGCC), providing contact centre capability for customers deploying contact centre services worldwide, among others.