BT’s enterprise division has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a bid to expand the use of public cloud platforms.

The UK-based operator’s Global Services arm already connects businesses to AWS but this new deal sees the two companies focus on joint networking, security and managed cloud initiatives.

First, BT is launching what it is calling a “hybrid cloud landing zone”, which comprises of ready-made cloud deployment designs that companies can use to manage establish virtual networking between multiple geographic regions, for example.

Second, the two companies will work to improve security.

BT will make a catalogue of embedded network security, anti-DDoS and threat intelligence products available on the AWS Marketplace and said it hoped to make its cyber security platform available to customers in the future.

Bas Burger, CEO of BT Global Services, said: “The new strategic collaboration with AWS represents a major evolution in BT’s Cloud of Clouds.

“Today’s announcement is just the beginning, with much more to come.”

Gavin Jackson, UK Managing Director at AWS, added: “Cloud is the new normal and organisations around the world are moving their applications to AWS so that they can focus on delivering the best for their customers.

“BT’s investment and expertise in the cloud will further help enterprise customers fully leverage the scale, security and agility of AWS.”

Earlier this month, Swisscom and Nokia announced they were adding AWS to their portfolios.

Read more: BT launches bandwidth-on-demand service for businesses

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