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Moving from traditional IT to the cloud

Only a few years ago, businesses were debating whether to remain with a data centre or move to a public or private cloud. Today, companies are realising that all these models of computing are becoming the foundation of the next generation platform. They’re looking to embrace a true hybrid environment, control their IT infrastructure, public and private, seamlessly while still leveraging their existing IT investments. In others words, they’re looking for the best of worlds. The challenge however is how to manage these combination of traditional and cloud based services together and operate them as a single unified environment.

Balancing the old and new

IT needs to help organisations be more agile, flexible and efficient, whilst reducing complexity and cost. However, as IT and communications networks evolve over time, often through piecemeal deployments, mergers and upgrades, they are rarely as efficient and flexible as they should be. The result is often a mixed IT environment. A balance of new cloud-based services, and older legacy IT platforms in your own data centre that still need to be managed. How then can organisations avoid the consequence of duplicated IT estate that is disconnected and often more costly to manage than before? How can you connect and control these cloud and non-cloud environments seamlessly, without leaving stranded IT assets left in increasingly expensive to operate and run data centres?

Bringing you the benefits of hybrid

We can help you build a hybrid environment that works for the needs of your business, connecting and sharing information between applications in your own premise and the cloud. Our service can cloud enable your existing infrastructure in your data centre, leveraging the investments you’ve already made while extending its life and improving business agility. By connecting your own on site resources to our network of cloud-enabled data centres you have extended global reach and additional capacity on demand. It also means part of your network won’t be lagging behind the rest.

We can do all this through our Compute Management System (CMS), giving you visibility and control over your own premise and cloud-based resources through our single self-service portal. Our CMS allows you to manage applications running in the cloud or on your own in-house services and legacy IT equipment all through a single point of control.

We also offer co-location services and private cloud solutions, allowing you to consolidate your environment into our data centres at a fraction of the costs of what you have today. Our state of the art data centres are some of the most efficient in the world with guaranteed power efficiencies so you don’t get unexpected bills and you can take out the high costs of running and maintaining your own data centre estate. A number of our sites deliver a Power Usage Effectiveness of just 1.2 (compared to industry average of 1.7), offering annual savings of up to £1m. This gives you the ability to run highly converged architectures so we can consolidate all of that traditional IT into a highly-efficient environment.

And of course these data centres are on the same network and in the same locations as our cloud so you get near zero latency access to our Cloud, all pre-provisioned on our global network. It makes data connections easy, ensures end users are happy, reduces costs through removing stranded assets and gives you the modern hybrid cloud service your business demands.


BT services are a lifeline for our business and the key to our future success. BT adapts seamlessly to our changing needs and never penalises us for things outside the norm. That shows the strength of our partnership.” 
Garry May, Vice President, Data Centre Management, CEVA Logistics

Key portfolio

Accelerating your journey to cloud

  • BT Compute Telehousing - Efficient and secure data centres for your traditional IT, pre-connected to our ecosystem providing the gateway to cost savings and the cloud. Delivering cloud and non-cloud services from 48 data centres across the world, each one is built to conform to, or exceed, Tier 3 of the Uptime Institute’s definition and meet ISO27001 Information Security Management Systems standards.
  • BT Private Compute on-premises - Delivered and installed to a datacentre location of your choice, we provide cloud-ready equipment dedicated for your use only. A single solution from a single supplier, our service takes the best of breed and consolidates it down to an easy to manage set of technologies - consolidating networks, servers, storage and virtualisation into one scalable platform that you own.
  • BT Private Compute orchestrate - accelerates your journey to a private or hybrid cloud. Our service cloud enables your existing infrastructure in your data centre so you can build and manage your own cloud solution in minutes. By re-using existing infrastructure, you can leverage the investments you have already extending its life while improving your business agility.
  • BT Advise Compute migrate - We’ll help you get the best out of your IT systems by making the right changes and managing the risk. Our experienced people will guide you through the process, so you get the best from your existing systems and bring in the technology that helps you transform your business.

Why BT

BT is the ideal partner to help you reap the benefits of cloud.

  • The ‘Cloud of Clouds’ – our portfolio strategy - allows you to connect easily and securely to the applications and data you need, globally. We have the infrastructure, platform, tools, people, experience and relationships, making us the best partner for you to go on your cloud journey with, both now and into the future.
  • We have the best cloud infrastructure coverage in the world amongst global telcos with more BT data centres enabled for cloud services than any other provider, offering a choice of 22 locations across 5 continents.
  • We’ve put our data centres near to our customers meaning you get the speed of performance you need from applications delivered locally but with global scale.
  • We’ll help you make the transition to cloud, with local service desks and the service level assurances and commercial framework you’d expect, offering resilience and 24/7 SLA-assured availability at 99.95%.
  • We work with some of the world’s biggest organisations and it’s given us a depth of experience we can apply to different industries, from financial services and automotive to life sciences and retail. And because we’re not tied to any one supplier we can offer the widest choice of solutions, through our strong partnerships with major IT vendors.
  • Our capabilities are recognised across the industry. For the third consecutive year, we have been recognised as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe, July 2014 (i). We have also been rated ‘very strong’ in the Current Analysis Data Centre & Cloud Service Product assessment, January 2016 (ii)

(i) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Europe, Tiny Haynes, Gianluca Tramacere, Gregor Petri, 30 June 2015.

(ii) Current Analysis, Global Data Centre and  Cloud Services, John Marcus, January 2016