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Netify have worked with BT since 2011 across their connectivity products and managed services. The BT capability should be considered for underlay when partnering with an SD WAN vendor or for standard MSP requirements.
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BT is a good choice for UK SME and mid-market companies, but their global services products are normally bought by large multi-national corporations. Clients can use any combination of connectivity - including but not limited to MPLS, broadband Internet and 4G/5G LTE. Netify would recommend considering BT for underlay with added services from integrators in some instances.
Global clients can make use of BT's global IP backbone, which offers PoPs in 198 countries worldwide (including China), with strong SD WAN and SASE offerings from Cisco Viptela and Cisco Meraki (other vendors are available). Further security capabilities include SIEM, XDR, managed firewall, managed DDoS and security advisory services, with managed services offerings backed by experience working with government, military and emergency services.
However, due to BT's large size, their clients often have to deal with unnecessary bureaucracy and process, meaning that reaction times can be slow.
BT have a strong mobile capability due to their acquisition of mobile phone network provider EE in 2016. They leverage 4G and 5G LTE capabilities with connectivity speeds of up to 10Gbps.
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BT Business and Public Sector was founded in 1981 as an enterprise division of BT Group (formerly British Telecom). At the time, the division provided fixed-line, mobile, broadband and IT services to businesses and the public sector in the UK and Ireland. Now, BT has enterprise customers in 180 countries globally and is the UK's biggest fixed-voice and broadband provider, offering TV and mobile services.
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BT offer fully managed SD WAN services (See, What is the BT managed, co-managed and DIY services solution?) based on hardware from their vendor partners (See, Which vendors do BT support?). They have especially strong partnerships with Cisco Viptela and Cisco Meraki, and offer managed cloud security from Zscaler and Cisco Umbrella (See, How does BT access cloud vendors?).
BT offer a full SASE solution via a partnership with VMware. The solution is fully managed by BT's Network Operations Centres (NOCs) and Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and leverages VMware's global network of PoPs and SD WAN gateways. BT's SASE solution features URL classification and web content filtering, Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), malware protection, Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) delivered via VMware Secure Access.
Clients are also offered a suite of managed cybersecurity products and services designed to protect SD WAN networks, cloud environments and end users:
BT offers cloud connectivity to 8 major providers in 74 cities globally. BT has global partner agreements with Microsoft Azure and AWS. The third party cloud providers that BT supports are: Azure, Oracle, IBM, AWS, T-Systems, Salesforce and Equinix. BT offer hybrid, private and public cloud as well as colocation or telehousing in one of their 48 data centers. BT utilizes 22 cloud enabled data centers to provide far reaching cloud coverage and all private clouds can be optionally deployed in a BT or own datacenter to ensure data sovereignty. BT’s partnership with Azure includes: BT Cloud Connect Azure, BT Cloud Connect Azure vWAN and BT Cloud Connect Azure Express Route. BT also offer Cisco One Cloud, Cisco Webex and Cloud Contact Next Generation (CCNG).
Connected Cloud Edge: Utilizing Equinix infrastructure BT has launched a next-generation multi-cloud connectivity solution. With global availability, the BT Connected Cloud Edge solution enables orchestration across cloud services using APIs and automation in a fully managed environment with pre-provisioned connectivity. This solution provides the ability to add functions such as SD-WANs or firewalls. Currently, the solution supports thirteen on-net network locations and 30 global locations, increasing throughout 2022.
Yes, BT leverages partners such as Cisco or Riverbed to utilize cloud based and software deployed technologies. Using a flexible ‘slow and grow’ model so clients only pay for what they use. BT Connect Intelligence Services can reduce bandwidth by 90%, provide 10x faster response for SaaS applications such as Salesforce and Office 365. BT also offer end user monitoring for office and home workers to provide full visibility of the network underlay and application landscape. BT WAN acceleration and optimization is best applied through the use of Visibility-as-a-service (VaaS) and SaaS Accelerator in conjunction with each other.
VaaS: Provides a clear view of end user experiences and application performance through a single portal. The VaaS portal centralizes all network infrastructure to improve visibility of user issues, and enable decisions over reducing hardware or license costs, or show the impact network changes are having on the business.
SaaS Accelerator for Home and Office: A collaborative fully managed solution by BT and Riverbed that can be delivered via cloud, data center or ‘as-a-service’. Accessed through a single dashboard, it is best used alongside VaaS to identify poor performing SaaS applications that can then be optimized for the best end user experience. Leverages a secure and fully compatible software client that is tech and network agnostic so can be applied to SD WAN networks. Reduces bandwidth by up to 99%, improves the global UX of SaaS applications by up to 10x and accelerates businesses applications by 60x.
BT offer their own remote access service that supports remote users through BT Cloud Work. The product provides collaboration and connectivity features to teleworkers such as screen/file sharing, HD video meetings and digital white boarding. It can also help ensure data privacy by centralizing IT approved tools and applications amongst the workforce. Business critical voice calling utilizes priority bandwidth usage to ensure optimal performance. The BT Cloud Work’s online portal can be used to monitor network performance and provides 24/7 service reporting. This is offered in three different packages: Basic, Connect and Collaborate. Remote access is also supported via overlay vendors such as Meraki and Viptela through their managed SD WAN services.
BT have a strong focus on managed SD WAN services. They offer clients their own dedicated management team with a project manager to help to set up and integrate the network. From then on clients have constant access to operations centers which monitor the network with the help of ITIL-accredited global network experts. Each solution is tailored to the individual business, which means that BT can cater for small to very large enterprises and have the ability to match new or pre-existing security policies. Finally, clients can access the BT dashboard which offers historic analytical data and real-time performance statistics for increased network visibility. They offer managed services in bundles from Cisco Viptela, Cisco Meraki and Nuage Networks by Nokia.
The BT portal provides end-to-end network visibility via a single dashboard. The fully managed solution supports monitoring and management from a single managed service desk in the UK that is manned 24/7. Reporting on historical events and real time performance is available via the BT portal. The management of application and network priority protocols can also be accessed. The VaaS solution provides a single portal for all network infrastructure to improve end-to-end visibility of user issues.
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