Colt Launches Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Services for value added resellers

Colt extends VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services offerings across Europe

London, 10 October 2013

Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, today announced the launch of new cloud infrastructure backup and replication services for its value added resellers (VARs). Colt has extended the availability of its VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services offerings into its datacenters in Italy and Switzerland, building on an existing estate in the UK, France, Spain and Germany. Colt has also announced services are now available from a second datacenter in Spain, with Barcelona adding to the existing Madrid capacity.

Colt’s new backup service for VMware vCloud® provides VARs with flexible service options for their end-user customers who  can now choose exactly what data they want to protect and backup, the level of resiliency, and in which European locations. Managed via an online portal for speed and ease, the new service gives Colt’s channel partners the option to create and operate a managed cloud backup service, or to pass self-management rights directly to their own customers. The service is available on a “pay-as-you-go” basis with no upfront costs.

Colt also announces the launch of a replication service. Managed through a portal, the service permits VARs to administer the location of their workloads in the event of a disaster. By building replication into the fabric of its vCloud estate, Colt has greatly simplified the creation of  geo-resilient solutions. This will enable VARs to better meet the needs of customers with on-site VMware deployments who require cost-effective disaster recovery capabilities. Colt’s new service also allows resellers to offer their customers cloud-to-cloud resilience.

Keith Humphreys at EuroLAN commented: “With the launch of these new business continuity features, Colt has significantly enhanced its vCloud portfolio and taken another step towards industrialising the hybrid and public cloud. Solid backup and recovery is an essential component of most IT solutions, and customers increasingly expect a degree of DR capability in their infrastructure. We particularly like the fact that Colt has put the tools into a portal, and opened their infrastructure up to resellers, allowing them to create their own managed services.”

“Our new cloud backup and replication services build on our heritage as the first European partner offering VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services. Our services can be completely self-managed through our unique portal to meet the specific needs of our channel partners without our intervention,” said Gary Moore, Channel Director, Colt. “We have seen significant demand for these kinds of features, and we believe that automating the provision and management of them will accelerate uptake of a hybrid cloud service by VARs and their customers.”

Colt’s new vCloud service is based on Symantec’s backup software which has been designed to provide best-in-class data protection and backup. The replication capability will be powered by technology from Zerto Inc. Both will be demonstrated at VMworld® Europe 2013.

Ziv Kedem, CEO and co-founder of Zerto, commented, "We are proud that Colt chose to use Zerto Virtual Replication technology throughout its vCloud datacenter estate. We have been working closely with Colt to bring a multi-site and multi-tenant solution for replication and recovery to their cloud environment. We are confident that having enterprise-class recovery and workload migration technology will further accelerate reliance on cloud infrastructure.”

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 22-country, 44,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality data centre solutions at a Colt or customer site. Our Innovative data centres are rapid to deploy, flexible and highly efficient.
In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market; Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

About Zerto

Zerto has developed the first hypervisor-based, disaster recovery and replication software for virtualized environments, offering simplicity and greatly reduced operational and maintenance costs. Developed exclusively for virtualized and cloud environments, Zerto’s award-winning solution, Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is rapidly becoming the standard for disaster recovery and business continuity in the modern data center. ZVR received ‘Best of Show’ at VMworld 2011, as well as 2012 and 2011 ‘Product of the Year’ Gold Awards. For more information, please visit: http://www.zerto.com.

VMware and VMware vCloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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