BT Press Releases

DC11-249                                                                      14 October 2011

BT wins “best in cloud 2011” award in Germany

Best project for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) at Computerwoche Awards

BT was voted best project in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) category at Computerwoche’s “Best in Cloud 2011” awards. The jury declared itself impressed by BT’s private cloud project for a global logistics company. BT was able to demonstrate that the advantages of cloud solutions, such as the fast allocation and scalability of resources, flexible infrastructure design and usage-based billing, can be combined with the high requirements in terms of reliability, security and compliance that are typical of global logistics companies.

The customer needed a dynamic and secure infrastructure for a new IT application that processes sensitive business data. The project was implemented with BT’s On Demand Compute solution (previously known as “Virtual Data Centre”). This is a pre-provisioned, virtualised and fully automated platform comprising computing, storage, backup and network resources. The components can be requested and configured on demand by the customer via an online portal and are billed based on usage.

Unlike many other common IaaS offerings that work based on blade sharing, On Demand Compute keeps the servers for each customer physically separated. Data is stored in a clearly defined location within the EU.
Both of these features are key elements of BT's data protection and security concept, which satisfies the requirements of the Germany Data Protection Act and has received other key certifications. Another key feature of the BT solution is that it can be connected via the Internet, making it accessible to external business partners, as well as via a secure MPLS or IPsec connection to the company's corporate network, allowing internal staff to access it securely. A secure connection to back-end systems is also possible.

The “Best in Cloud” awards are set up by the German trade magazine Computerwoche with the support of the industry association BITKOM. The awards were announced on October 13 in Offenbach, Germany, during a two-day Cloud conference.