Oracle has become the latest cloud provider to sign a deal with BT to offer large organisations a better connection to its data centres to improve the delivery of cloud services.
Announced today, BT Cloud Connect for Oracle FastConnect sees the two firms working together to help organisations take maximum advantage of the performance, cost and innovation benefits of the cloud. In practice, this means that BT will offer Oracle Cloud customers a private connection to Oracle's data centres.
The move will see BT connecting directly to Oracle's Cloud locations in Amsterdam and London, giving customers access from anywhere in the world to services provided in European data centres. The service is not expected to be available until the fourth quarter of 2016.
Customers signing up for the service will get a private connection based on BT's IP Connect VPN service, which is designed to allow companies to securely exchange large volumes of data between the Oracle Cloud and an on-premise environment.
Thomas Kurian, Oracle's president of product development, explained that cloud computing now represents the fastest growing part of the firm's business, and it is doing all it can to smooth the path for further cloud adoption.
"This partnership will help our customers leveraging the Oracle Cloud execute on their business strategies by taking advantage of the breadth and depth of BT's global network and its Cloud Connect offering for their high-bandwidth connectivity needs," he said.
BT claimed that pre-provisioning via BT Cloud Connect allows it to cut the typical dedicated connection deployment time from months to days for customers signing up for BT Cloud Connect for Oracle FastConnect.
"Direct and reliable access to data and applications hosted in cloud environments has become critical to organisations as they embark on their digital transformation journeys," said BT Global Service chief executive Luis Alvarez.
"We are accelerating our drive to be the world's leading cloud services integrator and I am proud that BT is becoming the first global network services provider to offer direct access to the Oracle cloud."
The move follows numerous similar arrangements that have been made over the past few years between telecoms firms and cloud service providers. BT has deals with Microsoft to deliver access to its Azure data centres, and with Amazon for access to its AWS regions, for example.
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