BT said it will deploy virtual Riverbed SteelHead application acceleration technology in its global network.
The move is part of BT’s Cloud of Clouds vision and it is for the first time Riverbed technology has been deployed into the core of a global telecoms network.
In a press statement, BT said both companies are embedding their services at global business hubs in Europe, North America and Asia in locations where BT has direct links to leading cloud providers and high-capacity internet breakout.
“The new service builds on the direct network connectivity we already provide to major cloud providers by bringing better speed, performance and control to applications hosted with these cloud providers,” said Keith Langridge, vice president, network services at BT Global Services.
The service will be available globally from early 2016 and accessible through BT’s IP Connect VPN from 198 countries and territories.
BT said the new capability will deliver substantial network performance improvements for SaaS applications such as the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite.
Normally, it provides application acceleration and network bandwidth optimization. In addition to that, the customers using the new service will get increased control over their applications, better visibility into performance, and improved reliability and security compared to delivering applications over the internet.
Using Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), the new service will help customers take advantage of broader virtualised functions, such as application performance management and the management of high speed access to private and public clouds.
Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead and SteelFusion, at Riverbed said CIOs want to enjoy all of the benefits of the hybrid enterprise while solving the challenges of application delivery in a complex environment.