Colt’s portfolio includes a number of key components that underpin cloud projects, including compute, backup and recovery through vCloud, replication for customers with onsite VMware deployments, and and EMC Atmos cloud-based object storage services, extending on-premise capacity around a number of other vendors, such as CTERA, EMC and Symantec.
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These are delivered from Colt’s own Europe-based datacentres, backed by the firm’s house network, which the firm says will ensure consistent quality of service to Arrow resellers.
The two firms have also collaborated on a new self-service user experience which they claim will allow VARs and MSPs to manage and provision services on the fly. The services package also includes billing and management tools, and options to sell hosted or on-premise backup
Arrow ECS EMEA VP of cloud services, Eric Taillard, said: “We are pleased to have Colt’s service fully-integrated into ArrowSphere. We worked very closely with Colt in defining a true channel solution that answers to the needs of the market and puts our channel community in the position to deliver value add by offering assistance in migration, configuration and management of on-premise as well as cloud solutions.”
Colt distribution director Gary Moore added: “The launch of these new services represents a further move into the fast-growing cloud infrastructure market for Colt, and builds on our position and expertise as one of the most extensive cloud services providers in Europe.
“Our wholly-owned long distance pan-European network and datacentre estate offers unrivalled levels of security, reliability and reach across Europe. We support Arrow’s cloud services strategy, and are delighted to have our cloud storage service now available on this important commercial platform.”