BT has expanded its cloud offering for business customers through a new direct link to IBM Cloud.

The BT Cloud Connect Direct for IBM service offers a dedicated connection to IBM’s data centres through BT’s network, meaning businesses will not have to rely on their standard internet connection to access the cloud.

Customers will benefit from higher reliability, the operator said, as well as access to services including compute, network and storage infrastructure as well as an AI, Blockchain, IoT and analytics capabilities.

The service will be available in the UK from today (11 January) but will expand to mainland Europe, the US, Australia and Asia in “the coming months”.

Keith Langridge, VP of Network Services at BT, said: “Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is designed to help businesses fully harness the potential of high-value digital services delivered via IBM Cloud.

“Businesses deploying IBM Cloud services can now benefit from improved performance, security and reliability, creating a rich digital experience for their customers and employees.”

Kit Linton, VP of network, IBM Cloud added: “The collaboration with BT will help enterprises around the world seamlessly connect to the IBM Cloud so they can maximise their data and generate new business value.”

The tie-up with IBM is the latest milestone in BT’s ambitions to provide businesses with global access to multiple clouds, termed the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ vision.

In October, BT announced a new deal with Amazon Web Services to provide new integrated solutions to customers.

The Global Services division, which includes BT’s cloud offerings, saw revenues down 10 percent to £1.26 billion in the three months to September.

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