COLT joins VMware vCloud initiative


COLT, a leading European provider of business communications, has today announced it has joined the VMware vCloud™ initiative. The move demonstrates the company’s commitment to partner with key players to deliver enterprise cloud services.

COLT has already implemented VMware solutions for its customers and sees that its cloud offering is being strengthened by joining the VMware vCloud™ initiative. COLT customers will have more freedom to choose when and how to take advantage of cloud services to drive greater levels of business efficiency, security and performance.

Under the VMware vCloud initiative, VMware works closely with cloud providers to deliver users a reliable, enterprise ready experience without the lock-in associated with many currently available cloud options. This enables customers to retain flexibility of choice irrespective of hardware, operating system or applications, so they can feel confident about deploying current and future applications internally or to COLT’s cloud services.

Maggy McClelland, managing director of COLT Managed Services comments, “We are delighted to announce our membership in the VMware vCloud™ initiative. Our ongoing relationship with VMware is key to giving our customers even more confidence in the quality, flexibility and security of our enterprise cloud services. We have already delivered many successful VMware-based solutions to our customers and providing a migration path to our cloud-based services via VMware vCloud™ will give them even greater business benefits.”

Dan Chu, vice president of emerging business, VMware said, “For a leading managed services provider like COLT to have joined the VMware vCloud™ initiative is a strong endorsement of the benefits that VMware-based virtualisation solutions can bring to enterprise cloud service providers. As an increasing number of businesses turn toward VMware-based cloud solutions to enable fast, reliable, and flexible infrastructure, it is crucial that they can rely on providers like COLT to provide a secure, robust, and agile platform. We are delighted that COLT and its customers can now fully benefit from the business benefits that membership in the VMware vCloud™ initiative will bring.”

Notes to editors

COLT’s wide range of end-to-end managed services and IT infrastructure solutions cater for the diverse needs of companies in the finance, professional services, media and public sectors. By leveraging its network and data centre assets, COLT offers enterprise cloud-based managed services that can deliver faster time to market, lower IT costs, and enhance security and compliance. Doing so will help alleviate the CIO’s business critical IT issues including business transformation, infrastructure flexibility, cost reduction and risk mitigation.

COLT’s managed services solutions are built on its infrastructure combining 25,000km of network and 18 data centres across Europe. This footprint enables COLT to take full end-to-end responsibility for the security, availability and continuity of IT processes and computing capability.

COLT’s service level agreements are aligned to the customer’s business and tailored towards service delivery, not the technology.

About COLT

COLT is a leading European provider of business communications. COLT specialises in providing data, voice and managed services to major businesses, SMEs and wholesale customers. COLT operates a 13-country, 25,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 18 COLT data centres.

COLT Telecom Group S.A. is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about COLT and its services can be found at www.colt.net.

About VMware

VMware delivers solutions for business infrastructure virtualization that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 150,000 customers and 22,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

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