(Image credit/Pixabay/ PublicDomainPictures)Colt Technology Services has launched multi-cloud access on its SD-WAN platform. Colt’s SD-WAN multi-cloud offering allows enterprises to benefit from a single connection to multiple Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). This includes cloud-to-cloud connections, over SD-WAN, which ensures enhanced security, agility and latency compared with connecting via the public internet.

Colt’s SD-WAN proposition provides intelligence through application recognition. Its traffic steering features increase the availability and performance of access to multi-cloud services.

Multi-cloud access

This offering is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, comprised of 29,000 on-net buildings and over 900 data centres. The network serves more than 25,000 customers globally. Colt’s fully-owned and operated dense fibre network allows enterprises to benefit from an end-to-end, seamless connection to the cloud. Colt’s has public and private peering agreements with CSPs globally, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. It optimises enterprise cloud computing traffic to ensure it takes the most direct path irrespective of which network they are on.

This next decade is set to be transformational for cloud computing. New research from Colt found 96% of senior IT decision-makers are confident in moving critical business capabilities to the cloud. The study also found that 86% of businesses are taking a multi-cloud approach. It shows that the majority of enterprises are relying on many cloud environments to power the next wave of their digital transformations.

Changing business attitudes

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Peter Coppens, VP Product Portfolio at Colt Technology Services)

Colt’s VP Product Portfolio, Peter Coppens said, “As more and more enterprises are shifting their business-critical workloads to the cloud. They are using multiple cloud environments to do so. Working with a connectivity partner that can provide high-performance, rapidly scalable and highly secure cloud connectivity cloud environments is vital.

By using Colt’s SD-WAN multi-cloud offering, enterprises can now benefit from better performance, security, scalability and efficiency by accessing all their cloud services through a streamlined infrastructure. This ensures that businesses can focus on the next phase of their growth, knowing that their operations are supported by a best-in-class network and enabled by best-in-class CSPs.

Embracing hybrid and multi-cloud approaches

“Enterprises are increasingly embracing hybrid and multi-cloud approaches, allowing them to deploy applications faster and run mission-critical applications on the infrastructure best suited to their business needs, as we’ve seen with the success of Google Cloud’s Anthos,” said Kevin O’Kane, Managing Director, Partnerships at Google Cloud. “We’re pleased that Colt will expand its capabilities to enable businesses greater connectivity across multiple cloud environments.

According to Michael Wood, CMO, Versa Networks, “Colt leads in delivering quality of experience, exceptional performance and business resiliency. This quality is delivered to customers throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. We are excited to partner with Colt and their innovative multi-cloud connectivity offer. It utilises Versa Secure SD-WAN to enable a best in class experience for businesses around the globe.”
Colt’s multi-cloud proposition via SD-WAN is available across Europe from today.

Enterprise Times: What this means for business?

Colt’s infrastructure is impressive. The company has the ambition to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity. The Colt IQ Network connects 900+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on-net buildings and growing. Colt’s SD-WAN offering is seen as market-leading, and its service was recently recognised by the Network Transformation Awards. It named Colt an early adopter and an innovator of SDN and NFV technologies.

In an ever-complex and competitive business environment, enterprises need connectivity that affords high performance and high bandwidth. Colt appears to do that job and more. The company is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt remains one of the most financially sound companies in its industry.

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