BT is planning a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) service for delivering IT services including storage, networks and security. The service is part of BT's transition from a network operator to a provider of IT infrastructure in the cloud.
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The BT VDC service will offer virtual server, storage, security and networking services through an online portal.
BT said the service will be charged as a "Pay-as-you-grow" service and offer high availability and business continuity services options.
Hanif Lalani, chief executive of BT Global Services, said, "Having the click-to-build and buy facility will give [customers] flexibility and ease of provisioning. Deployment times will also be reduced from months to weeks, resulting in further cost savings and efficiencies."