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Press Release -- July 23rd, 2014
Source: Colt Group
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Colt Technology Services and Virtustream partner to help enterprises and public sector customers migrate business critical SAP applications to the cloud

London, 23 July 2014

Colt Technology Services (Colt), the information delivery platform, and Virtustream, Inc., the leading enterprise class cloud management platform (CMP) software and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, have partnered to offer SAP cloud and SAP HANA cloud services to enterprises and government customers across Europe, leveraging their joint expertise in enterprise application management, IaaS, and IT Services. This partnership will help European enterprises and public sector organisations to meet the security, compliance, performance and efficiency requirements needed to migrate and run the most complex mission-critical enterprise applications in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Migrating business critical applications to a cloud based infrastructure is a complex project for any organisation, causing concerns about the availability and performance of business critical applications during the migration, and the associated impact on the business. Now any existing SAP application can be moved to Colt’s cloud infrastructure with the highest levels of enterprise security, audit and compliance support. The service is based on consumption based pricing and backed by commercial SLAs for availability and performance. Customers can also take advantage of Virtustream’s xStream cloud software to install and manage private and hybrid clouds, which can be linked to Colt and Virtustream’s data centres and clouds.

This alliance expands Colt’s existing enterprise class cloud computing to include cloud strategy, cloud migration and cloud operation for the entire SAP portfolio and SAP HANA. The services are powered by Virtustream’s xStream CMP software and available immediately to all customers across Colt’s European data centres. The combination of Colt’s award winning cloud-based service infrastructure, low latency fibre network and 20 data centres across Europe combined with Virtustream’s industry leading cloud and application management software, services and SAP expertise will help customers rapidly move to the cloud and reduce costs even for complex mission critical applications.

“We were looking for a partner that would enable us to offer enterprise-class SAP cloud services to enterprises and government customers across Europe,” said Daryl Dunbar, Head of IT Services. “Through the combination of our robust low latency network, our existing cloud architecture and Virtustream’s xStream cloud management platform, Colt can now offer world-class enterprise cloud performance and security for mission-critical applications.”

For Virtustream, the alliance expands its cloud IaaS and cloud professional services across the entire European landscape. The Virtustream cloud IaaS services, delivered on Colt’s Information Delivery Platform, allows for highly efficient and cost effective capabilities for mission-critical Enterprise Application workloads.

Virtustream’s micro-VMTM (µVM) technology makes it possible for IT operating expenses to be more efficiently optimised, while its consumption-based pricing model ensures that customers only pay for the resources used. Enterprises can gain the scalable, dynamic, on-demand benefits of the cloud combined with enterprise-class performance, security and compliance. The Virtustream cloud IaaS deliver the elasticity needed to optimize performance and scale to meet demand, while drastically cutting time to market. Early results have already shown that SAP’s response time can improve by over 30 percent when running on Virtustream’s cloud, while significantly reducing costs.

“This is a strategic move for both companies,” said Simon Aspinall, President of Service Provider Business and CMO. “Colt was searching for enterprise-class cloud application services with differentiated levels of cloud security and performance to offer to its customers. Together Virtustream and Colt are able to answer the growing demand for enterprise-class cloud services in the European market.”

About Colt Technology Services

Colt Technology Services (Colt) is the information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers worldwide. Colt operates in 22 European countries with a 46,000km European network and transatlantic network capacity. Colt has metropolitan area networks in 42 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,800 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market: Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers.
Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

About Virtustream®

Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud solutions to enterprises, governments and service providers. Virtustream enables businesses to move complex production applications to the cloud – whether private, public or hybrid – while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream, cloud management platform (CMP) software for private/public/hybrid clouds and also offers the Virtustream Cloud which provides secure, high availability, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enterprises. Both xStream and the Virtustream Cloud deliver secure, cloud efficiency with performance SLAs for mission critical applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and thousands more). Virtustream’s solutions are backed by professional services to design, migrate to, and manage clouds.

Virtustream offers enterprise class cloud solutions worldwide; owns data centers in the U.S. and EMEA, has offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington D.C., London, Dubai and has a vibrant partner network in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Colt Press Contacts:

Colt, Paula Muezerie
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Email: Paula.Muezerie@colt.net

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