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BT customers can now access IBM Cloud services right from BT network 

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British Telecommunications (BT) recently launched a new service which enables enterprises to access IBM Cloud directly from BT network.

The new service, called BT Cloud Connect Direct for IBM, is latest development in the list of BT’s ‘Cloud of Clouds’ portfolio. It offers better performance, security and availability as compared to the open internet.

Designed and implemented as part of the existing network infrastructure of customers, the service provides SMEs the ability to build and deploy secure, reliable and highly predictable applications on IBM Cloud.

“Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is designed to help businesses fully harness the potential of high-value digital services delivered via IBM Cloud. Businesses deploying IBM Cloud services can now benefit from improved performance, security and reliability, creating a rich digital experience for their customers and employees,” said Keith Langridge, vice president of network services at BT.

The customers can access a wide range of IBM Cloud resources including compute, network, and storage infrastructures. The new BT service also provides direct access to cloud-native solutions including AI, IoT, Blockchain, data and analytics capabilities.

Managed and supported from a single BT-managed service desk, Cloud Connect Direct will provide proactive management and superior service.

“Enterprises are rapidly turning to the cloud to modernize their core applications and build cloud-native solutions that leverage AI, IoT, Blockchain and more. The collaboration with BT will help enterprises around the world seamlessly connect to the IBM Cloud so they can maximize their data and generate new business value,” said Kit Linton, vice president of network, IBM Cloud.

BT will initially deliver the new service into IBM Cloud data centers in UK through the IBM Cloud Direct Link. The telecommunication firm plans to cover IBM Cloud data centers in Europe, US, Australia and Asia, in coming months.

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According to BT, Cloud Connect Direct for IBM leverages BT’s worldwide network, which spans around 198 countries and territories. It is now generally available.

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