BT announces that it is directly connecting Zscaler access points into its global network. Through this consolidated cloud-based interconnectivity service – BT customers is reported to benefit from lower latency and better performing applications over secure internet connections and reducing the need to move traffic over great distances to access Zscaler nodes for secure internet access.
Being a cloud-based service, no hardware or maintenance is required and the management of internet policies and reporting are done from a single centralised portal ensuring consistent protection and policy across all users in an organisation. Additionally, no added cost will be levied to customers as it is an enhanced plan of the company’s strategy to Cloud of Clouds portfolio.
BT’s Assure Managed Cloud with Zscaler service scans and filters every byte of network traffic, including SSL-encrypted sessions, as it passes to and from the internet. The Zscaler access points into BT’s network is known to act as a series of traffic checkposts between organisations and the public internet to identify and block potential threats and to protect intellectual property.
Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security said, “We are pleased to add this improvement to our growing portfolio of solutions helping customers take advantage of the cloud. Based on Zscaler’s cutting edge technology, this latest enhancement of Assure Managed Cloud brings to our customers increased confidence and convenience at no additional cost or investment into hardware or software.”
Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Zscaler said, “BT’s global brand, reach and expertise puts them in a unique position to help companies better align IT with business initiatives. The datacentre is undergoing a significant transformation. Applications are moving to the cloud and it’s breaking the traditional hub and spoke network and security model. To securely embrace the cloud, organizations need to enable cloud networking and the joint solution with BT facilitates this transformation.”
The interconnected solution will initially be available in Europe, followed by extension of the service to the Americas and Asia Pacific.