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BT Connect Applications

BT Connect applications, includes a web performance monitoring service allowing customers to have a full view of the efficiency of end-user web experience and improve their online business operations, and a Connect Acceleration Monitoring service for customers to track what’s running on their network, resolve IT performance problems faster and lower IT management costs. And Connect Optimisation service will help you understand and prioritise your most important applications so you can manage less important traffic over the internet, reducing costs and downtime.


BT Connect Optimisation

Why BT Connect Optimisation?

BT Connect Optimisation – based on Ipanema technology is a fully managed service and is part of the Connect Applications portfolio. Connect Optimisation will help you understand and prioritise your business critical applications and manage non business critical traffic over both private Wide Area Networks and the Internet reducing cost and application downtime.

Connect Optimisation is the next generation in application and WAN management moving beyond the traditional approach to Class of Service (CoS) and supercharging business critical applications as well as managing non critical traffic to cut costs and application downtime. The SmartPath feature is Cloud ready enabling you to align your network with your business needs to fully utilise the cost advantages of the cloud.

The Benefits

Prioritise the applications that matter most

Our Connect Optimisation service will help you understand and prioritise your most important applications so you can manage less important traffic over the internet, reducing costs and downtime. Connect Optimisation is part of our portfolio of application performance management services.

Protect the applications that matter most, no matter what

Connect Optimisation protects your applications even during data ‘rush hour’ times of the day or month. It will also protect essential applications if your users create a lot of non-essential traffic on your network.

Improve application response and slash bandwidth costs

Connect Optimisation can make best use of your network bandwidth and throttle back on non-business critical applications to stop congestion. By allocating the right bandwidth to important applications Connect Optimisation has speeded up response times for customers by 33 per cent. And compression techniques can also cut bandwidth by over 40 per cent.

Run your network the way you want

Connect Optimisation is the next generation of network management. It lets you change application policies fast. It’s improved the speed of a network policy change for one customer by 32 hours.

Choosing the right network path

Connect Optimisation directs WAN traffic across multiple networks to make sure your applications perform at their best, any time.

The service enables us to analyse and manage bandwidth demand per application and location. This new service was a perfect fit for us. With application visibility and control our applications and our underlying IP network are being optimised to best support our critical business processes.
Network manager, large retailer.

BT Connect Optimisation

Connect Optimisation determines the performance objectives required by an application for good user experience and dynamically tunes the transport network to ensure business critical applications always meet the performance objective. The system works collaboratively to protect key applications even during congestion peaks.

An example would be during monthly business process cycles that create busy application traffic flows where Connect Optimisation guarantees the performance of the critical applications. Connect Optimisation centrally controls traffic across the whole network by identifying traffic congestion and altering data flows to best utilise the bandwidth at each site. The pre-defined metrics set for each application type means that the most important or critical application data has priority over less critical traffic so that maximum performance is maintained during periods of network.

Why BT?

BT managed service credentials

We’re the market leader in application management services, with 600 company implementations and 6,000 managed endpoints in 90 countries. We’ve been leading in this market for the last seven years and have the track record to prove it. We were the first service provider to prototype and test virtual optimisation appliances for use with virtual data centre and cloud solutions.

We’re the only service provider with an independent test and development facility which lets you compare, contrast and decide on the right optimisation solution for you. We have long-standing providers of the technology that underpins our Connect Applications portfolio.

BT was the first provider to deliver a managed SmartPath customer deployment as part of the Connect Applications portfolio. BT is the first service provider to use Ipanema technology to protect Telepresence over NNI networks.

Guaranteed application performance over a hybrid network

Global management of a hybrid (MPLS + Internet) VPN infrastructure over 150 sites, combined with application visibility, QoS, WAN Optimisation and SmartPath selection. Benefits include:

  • Global network capacity X3
  • Cost to transfer a GByte of data across the network divided by 3
  • Global network budget cost reduced by 15 per cent
  • 1 Million € budget savings on application migration costs
  • 80 per cent of the traffic using the internet and 20 per cent MPLS.


BT Connect Optimisation offers:

  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Improved usage of bandwidth
  • Greater business efficiency due to improved performance of applications.


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BT Connect Acceleration

Why BT Connect Acceleration?

BT Connect Acceleration can improve the performance of our customers business applications across global networks by up to 200 times whilst reducing network bandwidth demands by typically 30%-60%. The impact can be transformational, enabling our customers to move to consolidated IT models and cloud services. Connect Acceleration can improve application performance for customers who have already tried this and suffer from severe application delays.

Return on investment in 7 months

Connect Acceleration can help customers to achieve key strategic goals and can provide return on investment within 7 months.

Connect Acceleration is a fully managed service from BT offering lower total cost of ownership, improved usage of bandwidth, and greater business efficiency due to improved performance of applications.

Connect Acceleration enables companies to:

  • Accelerate all TCP Applications for remote sites and mobile users
  • Optimise bandwidth
  • Centralise data and consolidate infrastructure.

The Benefits

Supercharge applications and cut bandwidth costs

Our Connect Acceleration service will help you work faster and more efficiently, bringing your network up to full speed by removing unnecessary or repeated data.

Connect Acceleration is part of our portfolio of application performance management services.

Get better performance and cut bandwidth costs

We typically cut our customers’ bandwidth costs by 30–60 per cent, while their applications can perform up to 200 times better. Most applications benefit significantly straight away. We cut typical back-up time for one investment bank from 20 hours to just three hours.

Boost productivity and improve customer experience

A faster, leaner, more effective network means your staff can do their jobs better and more efficiently. One global media company cut their customer transaction time by 20 seconds, saving £500,000 stg per year in contact centre agent costs and slashing bandwidth by 85 per cent.

Global consolidation made easier

Connect Acceleration can help you overcome problems with latency and capacity when you’re consolidating from remote sites to central data centres or virtual cloud storage. If you speed up your applications, you won’t need to add expensive bandwidth and your system users and customers will still get faster performance.

BT Connect Acceleration at work

 Your shortcut to innovation

Our Connect Acceleration service is built on market-leading Riverbed technology.

We were the first global service provider to launch the Riverbed Managed Service in October 2008, and the only one to offer a full range of fixed, mobile and RSP applications including video streaming. We also have more than 1,000 trained Staff on Riverbed.

We have won for the last two years service provider of the year award from Riverbed.

The latest BT Acceleration reports show that a massive data reduction of 76 per cent has already been achieved. BT’s service includes project management, which took care of everything from ordering and shipping the hardware to dealing with customs issues. BT also organised and supervised local engineering teams carrying out the installations.”
Christoph Pscherer, Service Manager IT Network and Voice Services, Siemens Enterprise Communications

SharePoint data over the WAN was reduced by 85 per cent and file download times were reduced from 30 seconds to less than five seconds. HTTP, email and SAP traffic were reduced by over 65 per cent, and bandwidth reduction also helped save WAN upgrade costs by £500,000 stg."
IT Manager, Large Manufacturer


Why BT

Trust the experts

We have an extensive portfolio of network services to meet your requirements in Ireland, UK and the rest of the world.

Our capabilities recognized across the industry by analysts:

  • We lead on Network Availability – one of your top 3 priorities – Telemark 2011
  • Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Pan European Network Service Providers Magic  Quadrant for the 7th consecutive year
  • Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Global Network Services Providers Magic Quadrant for the 6th year
  • In 2010 we were recognized at the World Communications Awards as the “Best Global Operator”.


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BT Connect Intelligence

Why BT Connect Intelligence?

Connect Intelligence is a portfolio of services that monitors your applications and IT infrastructure. The Unified Dashboard brings everything together into a single view aligning business objectives with performance metrics of your processes, applications and IT. Connect Intelligence includes Web Performance Monitoring that enables you to rapidly identify and resolve web application problems no matter where they occur on the web application delivery chain. 

There are three main areas to Connect Intelligence that combine in three incremental steps.

Application Performance Monitoring (APMo):

This is the foundation to Connect Intelligence. It provides granular performance monitoring of applications and internal user experience. It helps you understand all tiers in your environment from the enterprise datacentre and includes

  • Application Landscape: Understand your entire application landscape
  • Packaged applications:  SAP, Siebel, Oracle Forms.
  • Thin client:  Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services and VPN access.
  • Middleware:  MQ, XML/Soap, Tuxedo Jolt.
  • Database:  Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Informix.

Web Performance Monitoring (WPMo)

This starts to look outside the organisation monitoring web applications to identify and resolve problems no matter where they occur on the web application delivery chain.  Key capabilities include:

  • Monitoring web pages or complex business transactions inc Flash, AJAX and Flex.
  • More than 200,000 Internet Backbone and Last Mile monitoring locations via the Gomez Network.
  • Instant testing diagnostics using HTTP, Ping, Trace Route and DNS Lookup testing.
  • Real-time, detailed alerts delivered via e-mail, SMTP and SMS.
  • Visibility into HTML, trace routes and screenshots for failed tests with Screen Capture on Error (SCoE).

Unified Dashboard

The final area bringing all of the features together is an enhanced unifying dashboard which presents all of the reporting features of APMo plus the ability to take feeds from different information sources.

Unified Dashboard provides a single view of current performance and alerts with operational and diagnostic dashboards. The Unified Dashboard enables better decision making by providing business-relevant information for different stakeholders who are either involved in service delivery or affected by it.

The Benefits

Get in-depth analysis of your applications to spot problems early.

The success or failure of your business could depend on how well your systems are performing. Our in-depth monitoring service analyses both your internal and internet-based applications, measures how effective they are and gives you detailed strategy reports to make sure they’re always running at peak efficiency.

Connect Intelligence is part of our portfolio of application performance management services.

Be as good as you can be.

Our detailed analysis and reports will help you make the most of your applications and business processes. The service spots problems and solutions quickly, so you’re always running as effectively as you can. For instance, our technology can tell you how well your websites are performing across the internet, from how long they take to process transactions on different browsers to how they compare with your competition.

Cut costs and budget more effectively.

You’ll be able to plan your budgets better and save on the manpower you need to keep your operations running cost effectively.

Streamline your operation with clear, effective reporting.

Our reports present your metrics simply, via an online dashboard that’s easy to set up and use and gives you historic and real-time reports. Our help desk and an analyst assigned to monitor your applications will also make sure you get the best out of the service.

Boost productivity.

Easy access and detailed data backed by round-the-clock support mean less time spent troubleshooting, and more time dedicated to your core business.

Boost revenue and protect your brand.

Speedy websites mean faster transactions, happy customers and more revenue. You may think you’ve done the load testing to make sure your sites are running fast enough, but sometimes it’s not enough. We worked with a retailer who thought transactions were running on a five second response. Our monitoring showed many were taking 20 seconds and half were timing out after 90. Based on just our initial advice, the retailer cut response times by 80 per cent.

Stay competitive.

Because we use Web performance monitoring industry benchmarking we can help you find out how your competitors’ websites are performing. And that helps us keep you out in front.

BT Connect Intelligence at work

For one large UK retailer BT is providing monitoring of internal Oracle applications with the monitoring of the external website. Before BT Connect Intelligence the customer had experienced major performance problems with its online business including a 2 day outage which cost them £7m in lost sales.

Based upon some previous load testing conducted by the customer they had thought that all transactions on the website would meet a 2 second service level, BT has found from monitoring the website that many of the transactions were hitting 20 seconds and half were timing out after 90 seconds. BT also found inconsistent performance for users accessing the website from different geographies. As a result of the monitoring and recommendations made by BT, such as improving the website and regional server environment the customer is experiencing much better web performance.

Connect Applications has developed into a solid, commercially-viable service, with tangible benefits for business users who desire an optimal network performance. With the assessments, diagnostics, monitoring and optimisation features, BT demonstrates how bottlenecks are removed and how surges in demand are identified, accelerated and managed in real time.”
Janet Watkin, Analyst, Telemark Services

Why BT

BT Connect Intelligence provides unrivalled global experience with 600 company implementations and 6,000 managed endpoints in 90 countries.

BT has a rich service wrap including design consultancy, project managed installation, global coverage, 24/7 helpdesk, proactive fault management and incident investigation, service management and reporting, dedicated analyst, monthly consultancy and recommendations, online dashboard reporting.

BT has over 200 application performance experts.

BT is the only service provider that has an independent test and development facility to enable customers to compare, contrast and decide on the right optimisation solution

BT is the first service provider to launch a managed service for Web Performance Monitoring based on Compuware Gomez.

BT is the first and only to create an optimisation database showing performance results for different applications to help customers with benchmarking.

Compuware provides the most versatile end-user experience monitoring solution.”
Forrester Consulting 


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