Colt heads east with launch of enterprise class cloud services in Asia


London, 10 June 2013Colt Technology Services today announces enterprise class cloud services in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. By joining together with KVH, Colt will now be able to offer enterprise customers the ability to deploy, manage and automate network and compute resources in both Europe and Asia, remotely from any location. As companies continue to look outside Europe for growth, Colt’s easy to consume Optimum Services for IT will enable its European customers to scale in line with business requirements, whether to underpin 24/7 global business operations, cope with fluctuations in demand, or to support expansion into new markets.Jürgen Hernichel, EVP, Colt, says “The expanding Asian markets are increasingly attractive for our European customers looking for growth opportunities outside of the euro zone. But this expansion creates a challenge for the CIO who needs to provide remote users with fast and reliable access to business-critical systems while at the same time complying with individual country data sovereignty requirements. This needs to be addressed without the significant CAPEX budget required to build infrastructure locally, or the time to seek out trusted providers in Asia. Colt can now meet customer demand for scalable services in Asia backed up with support in local languages, a single SLA and flexible commercials. Customers can be confident that IT can keep pace with the speed of business transformation but also pave the way for future growth.”

For European businesses looking to build their presence in Asia, finding the right service providers can be challenging. Colt’s easy-to-consume enterprise class cloud services in 10 data centres across Asia and Europe, together with the integrated KVH and Colt networks, remove the challenge of managing multiple service providers across continents. While ensuring that the relevant business appplications are in close proximity to the end user, improving speed and performance of the user experience, Colt can also guarantee control over where sensitive corporate data resides, helping customers address regulatory requirements governing data storage.

KVH and Colt already collaborate closely. The use of common technology and systems allows Colt and KVH to easily deliver services to customers with consistent reporting and a single view of their compute and network resources. Irrespective of whether business applications are hosted in, for example, Frankfurt, Madrid or Tokyo, Colt customers will have a single SLA across all services with single currency pricing, making the procurement and operation of new services consistent across countries and continents.

“We believe our ability to link service management, network, server and storage provision to a flexible commercial framework via a simple service request catalogue across both continents is groundbreaking,” adds Walsh. “It brings simplicity for our customers and means that the CIO can deliver agile IT services in line with the business needs, removing the barriers that have historically existed to deploying traditional IT infrastructure projects fast, and releasing the in-house IT team from operational tasks so that they can focus their attention on strategic projects.”

Ted Higase, President and Chief Executive Officer of KVH, says, “As a result of years of collaboratively developing various infrastructure solutions with Colt, we are excited to offer customers in Asia a very powerful platform that simplifies and streamlines their expansion into Asia, and similarly for enterprises in Asia expanding into Europe. For a project that would normally require multi national corporates to leverage several service providers in different countries, we’re proud to offer this full package of managed IT services, compute resources, and storage capabilities throughout Europe and Asia on one unified platform with one point of contact.”

Fidelity has invested in both Colt and KVH to enable them to provide the same level of flexible, efficient and integrated IT solutions. Both companies offer enterprise customers a similar service portfolio and utilise common underlying technology. By working together, Colt and KVH can provide the same high quality and performance across Europe and into Asia with KVH and Colt fibre networks and data centres. This follows the recent Colt news announcing the largest enterprise class cloud footprint in Europe, available in datacentres in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In Asia the service is already available in Hong Kong and will be deployed in Japan and Singapore by the end of 2013.

About Colt Optimum services for IT

Colt Optimum Services for IT provide a set of capabilities from just-in-time data centre build through data centre co-location to business class cloud services – all designed to change the way our customers consume and use IT.

Business Class Cloud Services deliver flexibility, transparency and assurance. ITIL-based service delivery provides consistent engagement across data centre, cloud and managed solutions. Our world class infrastructure provides scale economies from wholly owned global network; 20 Tier III local data centres; plus enterprise class cloud services in 10 data centres in Europe and Asia. Our proven delivery model balances cost, quality, innovation and risk – assuring quality by automation of key processes. Our business-focused commercial model is directly aligned to cost and utilisation. Pay monthly or pay-as-you-go with flexible enterprise-grade service level packages, industry-leading Compliance and Security ensures certainty of where data resides meeting local and global regulatory requirements with enterprise-grade ISO27001 security and security management services.

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, 43,000km 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).

Colt’s subsidiary MarketPrizm already offers direct market access services including market data and trading infrastructure in exchange colocation across all the major equity and derivatives markets in Asia namely Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. MarketPrizm’s normalised market data feed handler enables clients to feed their trading applications with an ultra low latency software API in turn reducing their cost of developing and maintaining exchange feeds. The MarketPrizm solution set combined with Colt and KVH network and data centre capability addresses the broad requirements of front office trading with Enterprise data and infrastructure.

About KVH

KVH is an Asia Pacific IT Services and Data Center Services Provider established in Japan. KVH’s Information Delivery Platform delivers integrated cloud and network solutions and best-in-class service to its customers. KVH owns infrastructure and provides services that enable clients to store, process, protect and deliver their vital business information. KVH provides IT Services, Cloud Services, Data Center Services, Managed Network Services, and Professional Services.

KVH operates the lowest latency network in Japan, and with over 450 financial services customers, is the leading provider of ultra low-latency network and proximity hosting solutions to the high-frequency trading community in Tokyo and Osaka. KVH also offers low-latency connectivity services between major financial markets in the Asia/Pacific region and the US including Tokyo, Chicago, Aurora, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul/Busan, and Sydney. More information on KVH can be found at www.kvh.co.jp/en/.

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