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European Commission awards cloud contracts worth €24m to BT

BT secures deals that will see it provide public and private cloud services to 52 European Commission agencies and bodies

BT has secured two contracts worth €24m to provide public and private cloud services to government bodies and agencies across Europe.

The services will be delivered using the telco’s Compute Management System (CMS), which it announced with much fanfare in April 2015 as the cornerstone of its strategy to position itself as a cloud integrator.

The CMS is used to provide enterprises with access to a catalogue of off-premise products, services and apps from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco, Equinix, Interxion, Microsoft and Salesforce.

The contracts, awarded to BT in December 2015 by the European Commission (EC), both run for four years, and will pave the way for the firm to provide cloud services to 52 of the EC’s agencies, institutions and bodies.

The contracts are the third and fourth BT secured with the EC during 2015, having been awarded a five-year, €55.7m deal in March 2015 to provide internet access to public sector bodies in all 28 EU member states.

Several months later, the company was awarded a further seven-year deal worth €15.2m to deliver voice services to 21 public sector organisations.

The telco said any services delivered via CMS will be served up from several datacentres sited inside the European Union for resiliency and data sovereignty purposes.

Corrado Sciolla, president for Europe and global telecoms markets at BT Global Services, said the contracts effectively create one of the largest government clouds in Europe.

“This is a milestone in our journey to be the leading global cloud services integrator, and demonstrates how we minimise the complexity, risks and costs for our customers as they move to the cloud,” said Sciolla.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to, once again, thank the EU for putting its trust in BT.”

Establishing a centralised procurement pathway for European public sector organisations to acquire cloud services is a trend that is currently commanding a lot of attention from a wide range of organisations in the continent.

As reported by Computer Weekly, this had prompted investigations from said organisations into how a procurement framework similar to the UK government’s G-Cloud initiative would work on a Europe-wide basis.   

Meanwhile, the likes of BT and HPE, with its Cloud 28+ initiative, are also seeking to provide both private and public sector organisations with an easier means of procuring cloud offerings through the roll-out of their own cloud service catalogues. 

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