Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 56 | Page 17


BT launches next-generation multi-cloud connectivity solution

BT has announced the launch of a next-generation cloud connectivity solution designed to accelerate customers ’ Digital Transformation . Called Connected Cloud Edge , it extends the company ’ s global network into strategic carrier-neutral facilities ( CNFs ). This gives customers access to a wide range of third-party cloud-based applications and services without having to provision individual connections to each of them .

It builds on BT ’ s partnership with Equinix , the world ’ s digital infrastructure company . Equinix hosts major cloud and Software-asa-Service ( SaaS ) providers within diverse digital business ecosystems at its facilities around the world .
The solution will initially be available at 13 CNFs and will be customisable with multi-cloud routing services and additional capabilities , such as SD-WAN and firewalls , further augmenting services already available from BT .
BT and Equinix are marking the launch with the publication of a report by IDC , What Digital Leaders Know About Cloud Interconnectivity and Ecosystems Development . It analyses how cloud networking is evolving to reflect a shift to cloud-native and multi-cloud digital ecosystems and the approach companies have made in adopting the technology .
“ Connected Cloud Edge will remove the complexity of sourcing and managing individual connections to the services underpinning customers ’ Digital Transformation ,” said Hriday Ravindranath , Chief Product and Digital Officer , Global , BT . “ To do this , we ’ re pre-integrating BT ’ s network with Equinix Fabric to provide a fully managed multi-cloud solution .”

Google Cloud announces new partnership with global fashion retailer

Google Cloud has announced a new partnership with global fashion retailer , H & M Group . The alliance will see the Swedish multinational leverage Google Cloud ’ s extensive data analytics capabilities and secure , sustainable global infrastructure to further enhance its customer experience and supply chain enablement .

Google Cloud will collaborate with H & M Group to develop an enterprise data backbone including a core data platform , data product and advanced Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and Machine Learning ( ML ) capabilities . This will also include the establishment of a new data mesh to further make all types of data and events accessible from multiple sources including in-store , online , its brands ecosystem and suppliers .
As the partnership develops , this will translate to increased optimisation of internal supply chains , as well as next-generation customer experiences across a variety of sales channels , from physical stores to e-commerce . What ’ s more , this partnership will enable further development of data science and AI capabilities throughout H & M Group ’ s business .
“ H & M Group has a long history of innovation across all our brands and always wants to build meaningful relationships with our customers ,” said Alan Boehme , Chief Technology Officer , H & M Group . “ We are now further accelerating digitalisation as we believe in sustainable growth powered by advanced analytics and tech . Therefore , I ’ m happy to announce we ’ ve found a provider who matches our needs .”
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