BT is to add Riverbed technology to its cloud offering in a bid to improve the performance of a range of enterprise applications.

Virtual Riverbed SteelHead application acceleration tech will be added to BT’s global network at hubs in Europe, North America and Asia in locations where the operator has direct links to leading cloud providers and high-capacity internet breakout.

BT said customers using the new service would also gain increased control over their applications, better end-to-end visibility into performance, as well as better reliability and security compared to delivering applications over the internet.

The NFV-based service will be available globally from early 2016 and accessible through BT’s IP Connect VPN from 198 countries and territories.

Last month, Telefónica’s enterprise arm announced it had joined the Riverbed Performance Partner Program.

[Read more: Telcos must do more in bid to provide cloud services to SMEs]

Keith Langridge, VP of Network Services at BT Global Services, said: “Our Cloud of Clouds vision is rapidly coming to fruition.

“By including Riverbed-as-a-service in our offering, we address one of the key issues faced by our customers: the performance and reliability of applications hosted in the cloud.

“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.

“This joint offering with Riverbed is a milestone on the journey to software-defined networks, and creates an additional differentiator against our competitors.”

Click here to read a Q&A with the CEO of BT Global Services, where Luis Alvarez discusses business performance, security, cloud and partnership.

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