Canadian telecom Bell is expanding the services portfolio of its Bell Business Cloud division with access to the IBM Cloud, the companies announced Monday. Bell Business Markets touts the partnership as a simplified way for Canadian businesses to build out hybrid clouds.
Bell Business Cloud will provide enterprise customers with a reliable and secure connection to IBM Cloud, according to the announcement. New on-demand services enabled by the partnership include Bell Cloud Connect, Bell Cloud Compute, and Backup & Restore. Cloud Connect avoids the public internet, Cloud Compute runs managed VMs in a secure, scalable, self-serve environment, and Backup & Restore provides a secure backup location and data and application availability from IBM Cloud.
“With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require,” said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets.
The IBM services on Bell Business Cloud are available nationwide in Canada, and Bell said its Business Cloud ecosystem will continue to add solutions, applications, and business tools through partnerships.
“IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies,” said Nevil Knupp, VP of Cloud, IBM Canada.