Press Release: 12. February 2013

BT Engage IT launches managed cloud service with HP technology

HP CloudSystem enables rapid delivery of managed compute services to power data center transformation

LONDON, February 12, 2013 — HP announced today that BT Engage IT has boosted the availability of managed infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) for UK businesses with services based on an HP Converged Cloud platform.

Powered by HP CloudSystem, BT Managed Compute service enables BT Engage IT to rapidly provide reliable new value-added services to help businesses transform their data centers and accelerate their migration to the cloud.

Part of the BT Group, BT Engage IT is one of the UK’s leading IT service providers, specialising in solutions for mid-market and enterprise businesses. With more than 900 staff, including professional services consultants, field engineers and accredited solution engineers, BT Engage IT enables clients to grow their businesses in an increasingly complex and dynamic market.

On a daily basis, our customers are demanding solutions that will allow them to increase their agility and boost data center and core infrastructure service levels, whilst at the same time lowering or removing their capex requirements in favour of opex,” says Rich Lowe, CEO, BT Engage IT. “As part of our BT Compute family of solutions, the BT Managed Compute service allows us to deliver exactly this for our customers. Our investment in HP CloudSystem, coupled with BT’s managed WAN capability, allows our customers to leverage the cloud in a controlled manner and meaningfully aggregate end-to-end service performance. We are very excited about the possibilities this brings.

HP CloudSystem has created a secure, partitioned, virtualised environment that increases agility, flexibility and reliability by automatically provisioning cloud services. As part of HP CloudSystem, HP 3PAR StoreServ V400 Storage provides safe, efficient data storage. Tiered storage ensures that the most active data is always rapidly accessible, while HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software controls costs by allowing BT Engage IT to purchase only the disk capacity they need, as they need it.

Membership of the HP CloudAgile Program further enhances BT Engage IT’s strategic partnership with HP and broadens the company’s go-to-market model. Direct access to HP’s salesforce extends sales reach and enables BT Engage IT to expand its portfolio of service offerings, accelerate time to market and focus on new customers. HP Converged Infrastructure Accreditation demonstrates the company’s ability to enhance business IT infrastructures while improving return on investment.

HP Converged Cloud is the industry’s first hybrid delivery approach and portfolio based on a common architecture spanning traditional IT, private, managed and public clouds.

Organisations worldwide are turning to HP Converged Cloud to effectively manage any cloud computing environment – public, private or hybrid – and rapidly deliver new services,” says Michael Clifford, cloud director, HP UK&I. “HP and BT Engage IT have a long history of working together to drive the future of IT in the UK. Innovative technologies, proven expertise and a wide range of capabilities put HP and BT Engage IT in a position to lead tomorrow’s data transformations.

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