COLT launches its enterprise cloud platform

COLT, a leading European provider of business communications, has enhanced its managed services offering with the launch of its enterprise cloud platform. This offering will enable COLT to deliver services that give its customers the freedom to choose when and how to take advantage of managed infrastructure and application services as well as increased flexibility to drive greater levels of business efficiency, security and performance. Enterprise cloud will feature prominently in COLT’s approach of offering customers immense choice and versatility, giving them freedom to utilise dedicated IT infrastructure, virtualisation and cloud computing to match their business requirements.

COLT’s enterprise cloud platform consists of a range of services that will be rolled-out throughout 2009, starting with COLT Managed Workspace. This service provides genuine access to ‘on-demand’, remote desktop applications including Office, Sharepoint, Visio, Project, Messaging and Blackberry. The service will be available across Europe from July 2009.

COLT’s enterprise cloud platform will be further enhanced through the launch of COLT’s Cloud Infrastructure Services utilising virtualised servers on a shared or dedicated infrastructure with server based storage and backup. The third planned offering is COLT’s Managed Application Services providing customers access to shared and dedicated resources that can offer guaranteed performance via application service level agreements. All services will be available to customers by the end of 2009 and offer best in class flexibility and security enabling customers to retain control of their strategy and focus on their core business with confirmation that their IT environment is running efficiently and their data is secure.

While virtualisation of network, storage and computing power are key to the provisioning of enterprise cloud, these services are not purely about technology. COLT offers guaranteed performance-related service levels and contract terms as flexible as the services provided – supported by specially crafted pricing models that include predictable, usage-based options.

Maggy McClelland, Managing Director of COLT Managed Services said, “For years the CIO has had to balance asset ownership with providing flexibility and innovation to the organisation. Enterprise cloud computing is now enabling that balance to tip in favour of cost-efficiency and innovation.

“From a service provider’s perspective, owning dynamically assignable assets in the form of infrastructure, data centres and especially network gives us clear long-term advantage. Our customers can be sure their critical data and applications are secure in our data centres. Ownership of the network also allows us to provide end-to-end management capabilities second to none – and we can deliver customer-specific, relevant, end-to-end service level agreements.”

“By offering reliability and high-end performance our new services provide European businesses with a strong competitive advantage. We believe technology should be an enabler to success and should work seamlessly in the background to allow our customers to get on and do what they do best – run their business. It is this belief that underpinned our investment in the new COLT enterprise cloud platform. We can now deliver these new services across Europe and provide a fantastic customer experience.”

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.

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