Colt Enterprise Cloud - vCloud Data Centre Services

Enterprise-class self-service cloud computing - Colt partners with VMware to deliver the pioneering VMware vCloud Data Centre Service

Introduction to Colt Enterprise Cloud - a VMware vCloud Datacenter Service

Colt Enterprise Cloud provides you with pools of computing resource that your own staff can rapidly direct to meet the changing needs of your enterprise. We take care of infrastructure performance while you retain full control of your data and applications. Colt is the first European-based partner selected by VMware®, the market leader in virtualisation, to deliver a VMware vCloud™ Datacenter service.

The problem

Developing an IT infrastructure to meet changing business requirements, projects and unpredictable peak workloads requires more than just the flexibility that a virtualised environment brings. It requires IT capacity that can be made available swiftly enough while managing your capital spend and finite data centre capacity.

Perhaps you've considered extending your virtualised infrastructure with a public or off-premises cloud solution, but have been discouraged by concerns about security, control and compatibility. You are looking for a genuinely enterprise ready cloud computing service to deliver your ‘On Demand’ compute requirement.

  • Would the ability to scale capacity up and down ‘on demand’ help you meet project demands, such as development or marketing promotions, more efficiently?
  • Are you keen to bring greater responsiveness to your IT infrastructure so you can meet changing business needs with ‘On Demand’ capacity?
  • Are you looking to add greater flexibility and agility to your existing IT infrastructure?
  • Are you looking to buy infrastructure as a service but want enterprise grade security and end to end SLA’s?
  • Do you have concerns about performance levels when a public cloud vendor doesn't own and control the network?
  • Are you reluctant to delegate security and control measures as demanded by many cloud service providers?

The solution

Colt Enterprise Cloud provides you with pools of computing resource that your own staff can rapidly direct to meet the changing needs of your enterprise.

Scalable: We take care of providing infrastructure capacity in a highly elastic pool while you retain full control of your data and applications.  You can draw more capacity for existing IT services enabled on the Colt Enterprise Cloud service or create additional systems from your service catalogue, as and when your business demands resources.

Agile: You can move computing workloads and virtual machines between your data centre and our enterprise cloud with little or no reworking and use the same toolsets to manage both environments.  New services can be created and deployed in minutes not days or weeks and when no longer required they can be removed or redeployed.

Efficient: You use the self-service portal or integrate via API’s to configure and administer your Colt Enterprise Cloud.  You are provided with a Service Catalogue to which you can add your own standard applications or IT services for rapid standardised service deployment.

Secure & Reliable: Colt Enterprise Cloud is a VMware vCloud Datacenter service; built to a VMware prescribed architecture and Colt’s service is certified by VMware for its state-of-the-art enterprise quality.  Security is built into the VMware vCloud Datacenter architecture -  it includes virtualisation and application aware firewall appliances, network isolation, role-based access controls and Active Directory integration.  The entire solution, including the Colt data centres the service is delivered from, is compliant with the ISO27001 standard for information security.

Cloud Leadership

Colt has been a leader in creating Cloud IT infrastructure services in Europe with our first enterprise cloud IT services being delivered to our customers in 2005.  That service used VMware technology and our partnership with VMware and expertise with their technology has continued to grow with Colt winning the VMware Global  Partner Network Award 2010.

Colt is the first European partner certified to deliver VMware’s vCloud Datacenter service.  We combine our VMware skills and experience with our wholly owned network, data centres and IT managed service capability to bring to you the secure, scalable and high performance cloud service that your business demands..

Performance guaranteed

It's hard to achieve high levels of service if you separate cloud-based services from the network. Our enterprise cloud services are delivered from our Tier 3 managed service data centres situated at the heart of our high performance European network, this helps deliver the performance your business demands, backed up by stringent service level agreements. .

Choice of service models

We offer two virtual data centre options, each designed to support different customer requirements.  You can choose capacity from both and combine them in one IT solution to create your ideal service:

  • Basic: Provides the highest scalability and flexibility with ‘On demand’ resources able to be turned up and down as required.  The billing is pay for use and will vary every month based on your resource demand.
  • Committed: Offering a permanent pool of computing resource supplemented by a 25% ‘On Demand’ burst capacity it provides flexibility and scalability to meet changing business demands but it is provided at a fixed monthly cost which allows easy budget management.

Helping you get started

We know that there are many steps to take before deploying cloud services at the heart of your business and we have a developed based on our experience of delivery of cloud services since 2005, a set of consulting, professional services and cloud computing services to help you transition to using our cloud services.

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