Colt, a leading European provider of business communications and managed services, today announced that the company has selected TIBCO’s cloud software to provide organisations throughout Europe with the ability to deploy and manage enterprise applications across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures in real-time.
These enhanced Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings for cloud services will rapidly bring flexibility and scalability into the business, especially for organisations operating applications in high performance computing environments.
• The Managed Grid Service (PaaS) will provide a flexible but dedicated infrastructure for customers to power applications running in high performance computing environments.
• Ideal for both transactional and high performance computing applications, enterprise IT organisations will be able to manage a wider selection of business applications – and with greater efficiency – with In-life Managed Applications (PaaS).
In addition, customers will be able to set business metrics against their applications and, for those implementing dynamic infrastructure resourcing, scale the application to meet those metrics.
• Using a Colt private network connection, Grid Extension (IaaS) will securely expand existing infrastructures by allowing a large number of resources to be attached.
For organisations operating in markets where high performance computing environments are common place, such as investment banking, insurance and oil and gas industries, this will enable greater agility and capacity management, while also facilitating a move to a more efficiency-based operating cost model.
To optimise service performance in real-time, businesses will be able to leverage built-in support for Service Level Agreement (SLA) management, enforcement, tiered access and compliance.
The new services being delivered by Colt will be rolled out in a staged approach during 2010, with introductory services available to beta customers prior to general availability during the second quarter of 2010. Additional upgrades will also be introduced throughout 2010.
Maggy McClelland, Managing Director of Colt Managed Services said: “Our new offerings provide customers with the assurance and security needed for enterprise-class grid services, combined with the benefits of cloud computing. This capability will enable CIOs to deploy cloud services, whether private, hybrid or public, on a strategic rather than tactical basis.”
Jamie Bernardin, Vice President, DataSynapse Product Group, TIBCO Software Inc. said: “We believe these capabilities will provide Colt with a differentiated, first-mover advantage in the emerging cloud services industry. When launched, Colt will have the first platform as a service offering in the European enterprise IT market with these capabilities.”
This announcement enhances Colt’s growing presence in the enterprise cloud arena. In July 2009 Colt introduced its first cloud service, Managed Workspace, and in January 2010 it announced the availability of its Cloud Infrastructure Services.
Notes to editors
US NIST Definitions:
The capability to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure customer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages and tools supported by the provider.
The customer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly application hosting environment configurations.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
The capability to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications.
The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).
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 19 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
TIBCO’s technology digitized Wall Street in the ’80s with its event-driven "Information Bus" software, which helped make real-time business a strategic differentiator in the ’90s. Today, TIBCO’s infrastructure software gives customers the ability to constantly innovate by connecting applications and data in a service-oriented architecture, streamlining activities through business process management, and giving people the information and intelligence tools they need to make faster and smarter decisions, what we call The Power of Now. TIBCO serves more than 3,000 customers around the world with offices in more than 20 countries and an ecosystem of over 200 partners. Learn more at www.tibco.com
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