SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) recently announced it
will provide the storage infrastructure to support BT's new Virtual Data
Center (VDC). BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications
solutions and services, is offering a multi-tenanted service aimed at
mid-sized and larger businesses that are looking to move all or part of
their IT resources onto a pay for use platform. BT chose NetApp hardware
for VDC due to the strong relationship the two companies have had for
several years. BT has used NetApp equipment extensively in its existing
BT already hosts data and applications for a wide range of businesses. VDC
aims to move customers from tailored hosting arrangements to a service
where organizations can buy the exact capacity they require. BT has added
the ability to configure an entire data center from a single console with
the ability to provision servers, storage, and network resources with
built-in resilience and business continuity. The partnership with NetApp
allows BT to automate the day-to-day storage management resources needed as
part of the package, which in turn allows BT's engineers to focus their
time and energy on revenue generating activities.
"NetApp's involvement in the development of VDC further builds on our
successful track record in working together," said Craig Parker, head of
global IT services propositions at BT Global Services. "The scalability of
NetApp hardware and its ease of use enables us to fulfill customer
provisioning orders made via VDC's self-service portal in a rapid and cost
A blade service architecture, combined with NetApp storage systems and
virtualization software allows BT customers to have their infrastructure
and Windows-based applications up and running on the VDC in just five days.
Once the system is up, existing VDC customers will be able to deploy a
virtual server in as little as 15 minutes. Because the NetApp storage
infrastructure takes care of so much of the basic storage management, from
Snapshots and off-site replication to deduplication, the storage
infrastructure is largely self managing, needing little in the way of
"With NetApp, BT can provide a flexible, cost-effective alternative to
in-house data centers," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions
and Alliances at NetApp. "BT utilized the twin technologies of server and
storage virtualization -- already proven in their own data centers -- to
deliver IT as a Service. NetApp is excited to be a foundational element in
their VDC architecture."
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BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and
services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the
provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and
international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home,
at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and
converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of
four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT
In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group's revenue was £21,390
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