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BT, Microsoft Look to Provide Secure Connectivity in the Cloud

April 11, 2014

Migration to the cloud evokes ambivalent emotions: on the one hand it is exciting to think of the benefits that are likely to accrue, but on the other it is tinged with fear and trepidation in regards to security concerns.  BT and Microsoft (News - Alert) have come together to allay these fears by providing customers high performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform.

“IT departments everywhere face the same challenge; Cloud offers them the benefits of flexibility and lower costs, but security and reliability of access to data and applications remain main barriers to adoption,” noted Luis Alvarez, CEO, and BT (News - Alert) Global Services.

BT's IP Connect VPN service provides private Internet connections and delivers "lower latency, more predictable performance and enhanced security for Azure. It has been offering Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connections to its IP Connect VPN service customers in Europe.

Azure ExpressRoute integrates the Azure infrastructure directly with its wide area networks of customers. It allows customers to bypass the public Internet when connecting through BT's IP Connect VPN service.

Customers will thus have a seamless, hybrid cloud IT environment and can take advantage of the flexibility and agility offered by cloud resources without being bothered about security.

“We will help customers build on their hybrid cloud strategies by bringing together BT's expertise and global network with the Azure platform. They will benefit from a globally consistent, more secure and reliable solution, helping them innovate and compete in the global market," noted Alvarez.

Microsoft and BT have a long established relationship and have worked together to deliver cloud solutions to meet the needs of many industries.

“Today's announcement is yet another example of the two companies joining forces to help customers embrace cloud on their terms, by providing a more secure and reliable way to take advantage of the speed, flexibility and scale of hybrid solutions," commented Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International.

This direct network connectivity to Azure data centers in Europe is expected to go live in summer 2014. Additional locations will be added later.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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