BT launches cloud-based data centre services in Latin America

September 7, 2012 by  

Web Hosting Services – BT today announced the immediate availability of two new services of its BT Compute portfolio in Brazil and Colombia, with availability in Mexico planned for later this year. With these services, organisations will benefit from data centre resources – such as storage and computing capacity – that adapt to their needs in the most flexible way possible.

Clients can choose BT Cloud Compute to rapidly deploy scalable, pay-as-you-go services from a secure self-service online portal, or BT Private Compute, which delivers the new generation of IT infrastructure services by consolidating and simplifying those services onto a single platform, reducing costs and management time. BT can also offer a mix of the Cloud Compute and Private Compute services, providing fast and flexible access to the latest data centre technology.

Latin American customers are supported by four world class data centres, located in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. The Bogota data centre also hosts a BT Centre of Excellence for Data Centre Services and Security Management, bringing together highly qualified specialists responsible for developing new products, accrediting customer’s solutions through proofs of concept, spreading their knowledge and being the reference and support to other BT teams in Latin America.

BT Cloud Compute is a pre-provisioned data centre infrastructure that enables organisations to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own cloud service. A self-service portal provides the tools, resources, expertise – and crucially, flexibility – to put in place tailored cloud solutions to meet the practical needs of our customers. This new-generation service has a breadth of options to support specific business demands as public and private cloud services are incorporated into the organisation.

BT Private Compute is aimed at organisations in the midst of their journey towards virtualisation, looking for dedicated managed infrastructure because of legal or performance requirements, or requiring a solution for complex IT environments. Private Compute includes a range of capabilities which ensure a wide breadth of services, from managed services to private self-managed, locally hosted solutions: clients decide how far to go in terms of virtualisation and management. Organisations can build private services from proven templates to integrate with existing systems. BT can manage the client’s private solution in one of its shared facilities, giving the added security that goes with an infrastructure set aside exclusively for each client. BT’s experts can supply, install, configure, integrate and maintain the solution, leaving the client’s IT team free to focus on innovations and applications to drive business forward.

Both services offer an outstanding availability service level of 99.95%, security ensured by BT’s specialists and unparalleled scalability, with global coverage.

Ashish Gupta, President, Portfolio & Service Design in BT Global Services, said: “We manage more than 25,000 servers for more than 2,200 customers’ platforms across 45 global data centres, combining global services with local infrastructure and support. BT has invested heavily in research and development – so our clients don’t have to. Our services and expertise are some of the best available in the Latin American and global markets, which means our clients can focus on their core business. And because we can manage and maintain the IT services, we can deliver the benefits of the latest technology with minimal up-front cost, or none at all, to our customers.”

BT in Colombia
Colombia is one of BT’s fastest expanding operations in Latin America, employing more than 130 people with a strong focus on highly qualified professional services specialists. Customers in Colombia include large national organisations such as Ecopetrol and Compartel as well as global companies operating in the country, such as Unilever and SABMiller. The Bogota Centre of Excellence for Data Centre Services and Security Management plays an important role for BT, by developing new products, spreading specialist knowledge and supporting other teams across Latin America.

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