Colt launches SD WAN backed multi-cloud connectivity

02 July 2020 | Melanie Mingas


Colt has launched multi-cloud connectivity for the European market underpinned by its SD WAN offering.

The multi-cloud solution allows enterprises to benefit from a single connection to multiple CSPs – including cloud-to-cloud connections – over SD WAN, to ensure enhanced security, agility and latency compared with connecting via the public internet.

Colt’s vice president product portfolio, Peter Coppens (pictured), said: “As more and more enterprises are shifting their business-critical workloads to the cloud, and using multiple cloud environments to do so, working with a connectivity partner that can provide high-performance, rapidly scalable and highly secure cloud connectivity to one or many cloud environments has never been more important.

“By using Colt’s SD WAN multi-cloud offering, enterprises can now benefit from better performance, security, scalability and efficiency by accessing all their cloud services through a streamlined infrastructure. This ensures that businesses can focus on the next phase of their growth, knowing that their operations are supported by a best-in-class network and enabled by best-in-class CSPs,” he added.

This new offering is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, which is comprised of 29,000 on net buildings and over 900 data centres, serving more than 25,000 customers globally. Colt’s fully-owned and operated dense fibre network allows enterprises to benefit from an end-to-end, seamless connection to the cloud. Colt’s public and private peering with CSPs globally, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud means that whichever combination of cloud platforms an enterprise selects, application traffic will be optimised to take the most direct path.

“Enterprises are increasingly embracing hybrid and multi-cloud approaches, allowing them to deploy applications faster and run mission-critical applications on the infrastructure best suited to their business needs, as we’ve seen with the success of Google Cloud’s Anthos,” said Kevin O’Kane, MD of  partnerships at Google Cloud.

“We’re pleased that Colt will expand its capabilities to enable businesses greater connectivity across multiple cloud environments,” O’Kane added.

Research by Colt has found that 96% of senior IT decision makers are now “confident” in moving critical business capabilities to the cloud. Further, 86% of businesses are taking a multi-cloud approach, with many enterprises now relying on cloud environments to power the next wave of their digital transformations.

Also this week, Colt joined the non-profit i3forum; the firm will collaborate with more than 25 international carriers to fight voice fraud and share its experience and expertise in transformation.