Bell and IBM Team Up to Bring Hybrid Cloud Services to Canadian Businesses

by Istvan Fekete on February 10, 2016

bell-officeBell Canada and IBM have announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. Businesses across Canada will have access to the IBM Cloud through a secure, high-speed connection provided by Bell, which, according to the carrier’s projection, will simplify the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds.

Bell recognizes that organizations and business are looking for a solution that doesn’t rely on sending data over the public Internet but instead accesses a broad range of services through a secure and reliable connection.

Bell’s solution is its Business Cloud service, which allows business customers to plug into the IBM Cloud and gives them direct access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.

Customers will be able to choose from three main services: (1) Bell Cloud Connect will provide IP connectivity to IBM’s cloud; (2) Bell Cloud Compute will offer virtual machines that run on the IBM cloud; and (3) Backup and Restore protects customer data and applications, providing a secure backup location while also ensuring availability of data and apps.

“The world’s appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and innovative ways of doing business,” said Nevil Knupp, VP of Cloud, IBM Canada. “IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies.”

Bell’s move follows a similar strategy partnership inked by AT&T and Verizon in the US, which will enable Bell to build momentum in the hybrid cloud services space.

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