Tata launches global network platform for hybrid cloud

Tata Communications has today launched a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement, in attempt to simplify the challenges and complications of the cloud.

Named IZO, the platform offers access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity, and is designed to help enterprises connect and create their own cloud, their way – be it private, hybrid or public.

The platform comprises IZO internet WAN, IZO private and IZO public; with each tackling a different issue faced by enterprises when managing cloud solutions.

IZO internet WAN is designed to provide the security, flexibility and predictability of a private network to the public internet, IZO private focusses on connecting businesses to cloud service providers via private network connectivity, and IZO public tags and prioritises content for Tata enterprise customers.

“We’re taking the necessary steps towards making the Internet ‘Fit For Business’ by bringing a new level of predictability and reliability to the public Internet that does not exist today,” said Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO at Tata Communications.

“This isn’t something we can do alone and we are joined in this initiative to bring about a new era of internet, by some of the world’s leading ISP and cloud providers as we collaborate to achieve a common goal.”

TalkTalk is the first UK connectivity supplier to Tata for the platform, and Charles Bligh, managing director at TalkTalk Business, said that the IZO platform is a “game-changing” development.

Melanie Posey, research VP at IDC, added that although cloud is the new IT architecture for the next-generation enterprise, such architecture has been slow to emerge.

“Tata Communications' IZO enterprise WAN and cloud enablement platform leverages its extensive global network and the reach of its partner ecosystem to enable global organisations to harness the cloud,” Posey said.

Tata hopes the IZO platform to provide a solid base for continued development of the cloud.

“Cloud, in every form, continues to transform the way businesses operate, innovate and generate revenue,” Kumar said.

“Our role is to make sure that we’re delivering a network that supports and enhances everybody’s network cloud.”

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