The deal means BT can offer a broad range of new managed services to help its multinational enterprise customers deploy applications and services.
BT will offer the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform (VEP), a family of networking-specific universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE), as a converged networking, IoT and IT application platform. With the Dell EMC VEP, it is claimed BT can help customers automate, simplify and accelerate the flow of data for their critical on-premises workloads.
As an uCPE edge device available in different form factors and performance levels, the Dell EMC VEP helps service providers offer consolidation of hardware and choice of applications at distributed customer locations. Dell claims it reduces the need for dedicated appliances or servers at every location, offering a common platform to host services such as SD-WAN, security functions, IoT gateways and distributed applications, making the deployment of key applications quicker and easier.
This will enable integration of WAN, W-LAN, SD-WAN, and Cloud under a single operational and security framework, greatly simplifying deployment and management of IT infrastructure while allowing customers to maintain control and agility.
In addition, BT will support extended Edge use cases through Dell Technologies industry-leading server, storage and hyperconverged infrastructure.
“BT helps multinational organizations deliver great user experience by managing and integrating services globally and at scale,” said Scott Cowling, network solutions director, Global, BT. “As their trusted advisor, we recognize they want choice when it comes to deploying technology to achieve their goals. With Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform, we are providing not only choice, but also ways to de-risk technology decisions and speed up and remove complexity from their global network service deployments.”
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“Partnering with BT on its wide-reaching Dynamic Network Services program will help provide customers more choice, security, resilience, service and agility in the roll-out of networks based on the latest software defined networking (SDN) and edge networking technologies,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Service Provider Solutions, Dell Technologies