British Telecom's cloud service tailor-designed for local market

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

British Telecom's (BT) newly unveiled cloud computing service, Virtual Server Hosted (VSH), has been exclusively designed for Brazil's market, BT Brasil manager Sérgio Paulo Gallindo told BNamericas.

The solution - a blend of traditional cloud computing storage with customized benefits - "is all about a structure of virtual servers located at our Hortolândia data center, in São Paulo, enabled for more storage, more security and more communication for our corporative clients," he said.

"With this new service, British Telecom will be able to adjust and tune the project to the particular cloud computing requirements of its Brazilian customers."

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Gallindo also highlighted a deal signed last March with Brazil's federal postal service, Correios, aimed at implementing a new and more modern technology network.

The executive believes that focusing the portfolio on a new range of technologies and platforms, such as VSH and other new cloud computing services, can be the main differential among IT and telecoms companies and is a "key point" in BT's regional goals.

"In Brazil and Latin America, cloud computing services are one of the most significant engines of BT's growth," he noted.

According to Gallindo, the ICT market is expected to grow at a double-digit pace worldwide, with Latin American markets driving that growth. He named Brazil, Peru and Colombia as the top regional growth-leading markets, and also underlined BT Mexico's performance.

The executive said the company's expansion of the national data center facility in Hortolândia last year was one of the latest steps BT has taken to respond to the increase in local demand.