BT has announced an additional investment in its data centre capacity to meet demand from public-sector based organisations and forms part of their ‘cloud of clouds’ strategy we announced back in April.
The company has signed an agreement to use two of Ark Data Centre’s secure and sustainable sites in the south of England, and BT will use the data centres to develop new managed cloud services for UK organisations where enhanced security is paramount, particularly in the central and local government, defence and security, police and health areas. BT hasn’t said if they are sole users of the data centres - although as Ark only have two data centres Cody and Spring that's unlikely - however both data centres conform to Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) OFFICIAL standards with additional levels of security available.
Additionally the data centres claim to be some of the most environmentally efficient in the country, with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2 compared to an industry average of 1.7, according to the Uptime Institute. Ark has also committed to using green energy to power the data centres, which complements BT’s pledge to use renewable electricity in the UK. These data centres will contribute to BT’s efforts to help its customers cut carbon emissions related to their business.
Commenting on the announcement Neil Lock, VP, BT Compute, BT Global Services, said: “By adding two new data centres to our BT Compute portfolio that comply with the latest government security guidelines, we believe that we have the ideal platform on which to innovate. We already deliver some great cloud services to our government, finance and pharma sector customers. Our latest investment builds on this strength to help us realise our cloud of clouds vision for large organisations.”
The two new data centres are fully integrated in BT’s cloud of clouds vision which features more than 20 cloud-enabled facilities across five continents, with a further 30 data centres from third party cloud service providers connected to its network.
The two new data centres also add to the company’s existing BT Compute portfolio of cloud services, which span public, private and hybrid clouds through to traditional telehousing and colocation services.
BT already manages large, secure cloud infrastructures across the public and private sectors for organisations with varying needs. These include global financial markets, with the BT Radianz Cloud — the world’s largest secure networked financial community, BT Connected Science — a cloud-based collaboration platform for the global pharmaceutical industry and BT Compute for Health— a secure managed hosting service tailored to the UK health market that can support secure applications containing patient identifiable information.