BT LogoOne of my most memorable professional experiences was participating in a BT hothouse in 2005. For those of you not familiar with a hothouse, it’s a 2–3 day process where you get domain experts from various organizations (or departments) to solve a set of problems or challenges. The participants are split into teams and go through a series of progressive sprints covering design and implementation that are presented to a panel of judges each day. The goal is to dramatically accelerate decision making, and the output sets the foundation for the final solution. I remember being astounded at the level of creativity and solutions rapidly developed (it was also my first introduction to brown sauce).

It was clear to me that processes like these are what enable BT, the world’s oldest telecommunications company, to continuously deliver value to their customers through consistent innovation. So, when Caringo was invited to a BT hothouse in 2013, I knew what to expect. BT was at the start of developing BT Compute Services and we are very proud to officially announce that BT Compute Storage is powered by Caringo Swarm. We look forward to helping BT continue their rich history of delivering value to their customers. BT Compute Storage Service extends storage, data protection and sharing to BT’s customers across the globe. Dedicated nodes are currently available in the UK and Germany, with planned expansion to all 18 countries in which BT’s IaaS platform is hosted (Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas).

Last month, my colleague Russell Turpin opined that “the bigger the enterprise, the more likely it is to need a pure object storage…” and this is certainly the case for BT’s customers. BT is leveraging their regional expertise to provide highly secure and reliable cloud services. The addition of enterprise-level, object-based cloud storage gives BT customers all the benefits of object  storage—including enhanced security and durability, end-to-end protection, performance and reliability for sensitive data while meeting rigorous compliance regulations.

BT Compute Storage powered by Caringo Swarm is secure to the core and includes:

  • End-to-end encryption using AES 2048-bit
  • Hashed and validated data using SHA-1 fingerprinting to prevent tampering
  • Privately held encryption keys for our Amazon S3® compatible and BT SCSP Object storage access APIs
  • Dedicated, isolated data storage areas that remove the risk of leakage
  • Data storage in state-of-the-art BT facilities under 24/7 surveillance with authorized-only access

So what does this mean for you? It means that you can get enterprise-grade cloud storage services with all of the features of Swarm expertly managed and hosted by BT—anywhere in the world. You can also rest assured that once your data is on BT Compute Storage powered by Caringo Swarm, it will be safe, secure and accessible and we (BT and Caringo) will continue to innovate so that you can keep extracting value from your data for decades to come. To keep up with the news at Caringo, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.