BT and Oracle announce cloud partnership


BT and Oracle have forged partnership to deliver Oracle Cloud to enterprises through BT Cloud Connect environment.

With this partnership, BT becomes the first global network services provider to offer direct access to the Oracle Cloud. The combined solution is expected to alleviate the security and performance concerns associated with cloud technologies.

With BT Cloud Connect for Oracle FastConnect, customers can use a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service, which is designed to predictably, securely and consistently exchange large volumes of data between the Oracle Cloud and their own on-premises environment, the company said.

BT will connect directly to Oracle’s Cloud locations in Amsterdam and London, giving customers access from anywhere in the world to services provided in European data centres. Through pre-provisioning via BT Cloud Connect, BT can cut the typical dedicated connection deployment time from months to days.

Oracle Cloud currently supports 70 million users and performs more than 34 billion transactions each day and runs in 19 data centers around the world.

This news builds on BT’s Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy by allowing its multinational customers to connect to the cloud through a centrally managed high-speed network with highly predictable performance, reliability and embedded security features, BT said.

Luis Alvarez, CEO Global Services, BT, said, “Direct and reliable access to data and applications hosted in cloud environments has become critical to organizations as they embark on their digital transformation journeys. We are accelerating our drive to be the world’s leading cloud services integrator and I am proud that BT is becoming the first global network services provider to offer direct access to the Oracle Cloud.”

“Cloud is the fastest growing part of Oracle’s business,” said Thomas Kurian, president of Product Development, Oracle.  “This partnership will help our customers leveraging the Oracle Cloud execute on their business strategies by taking advantage of the breadth and depth of BT’s global network and its Cloud Connect offering for their high bandwidth connectivity needs.”

BT and Oracle aim to offer the service in the final quarter of calendar year 2016.

Rajani Baburajan

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