Both of the independent pan-European network operators Colt and Interoute have been working very hard this year to position themselves for the cloud revolution. Each has taken another step along that path so far this week.
Yesterday, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) took to the channel, announcing a new strategy to extend its reach across Europe. The company has appointed Magirus as its first cloud services distributor, with others to follow I'm sure. Magirus will offer up Colt's VMware vCloud Datacenter services in markets across Europe and through its reseller partners. The whole telecom/cloud ecosystem is starting to take shape. Colt extended its cloud services into mainland Europe just last month, after first taking on the UK enterprise market.
And this morning, Interoute (news) expanded its cloud services platform to include security services. They now offer a suite of threat mitigation services via the cloud, detecting and diverting malicious traffic away from customers' corporate networks. Interoute credited part of its 20% growth performance in the first half to cloud services growth, and this fall won a contract with UEFA in which the football organization will be moving all its data infrastructure to the cloud.
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