BT Cloud Connect will link to Oracle data centres in London and Amsterdam
BT has added Oracle Cloud to the roster of cloud services accessible to business customers via its BT Cloud Connect.
In doing so, the telco claims is it is the first major international network service provider to offer direct access to Oracle’s cloud and will allow customers to send data over private connections and use European data centres protected by additional privacy regulations.
BT Cloud Connect already links to Microsoft’s ExpressRoute for Office 365 and Azure, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com, HPE and other services, will begin offering Oracle in the final quarter of this year.
‘Cloud of clouds’
The addition is part of BT’s “cloud of clouds” strategy, which aims to provide organisations with a centrally managed network from which they can choose and combine public and private clouds as well as services and platforms from various independent software vendors.
Users will be able to access a range of options via Oracle Cloud, including hybrid cloud which combines on-premise data centres and Oracle’s technology through the recently announced Oracle Cloud at Customer.
Another feature on offer is Oracle FastConnect, which allows businesses to establish a direct connection with the Oracle Cloud so that their data doesn’t pass over the public Internet.
Data is to be held in Oracle’s data centres in Amsterdam and London, which may be a significant feature as organisations increasingly look to keep their data from passing into other countries that may not have trustworthy privacy regimes.
“Direct and reliable access to data and applications hosted in cloud environments has become critical to organisations as they embark on their digital transformation journeys,” said Luis Alvarez, chief executive of BT’s global services unit.
Oracle Cloud supports 70 million users and more than 34 billion transactions a day, running in 19 data centres around the world.
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