BT has saved 40% of its IT costs by moving 20,000 servers into virtual data centres, a cloud computing advocate in the company told Broadband World Forum in Paris.
Rob Thomas, the director of product solutions for the company’s 21st Century Network, 21CN, told the conference that BT is using cloud computing for its own purposes but also for new customer services, such as the IPTV service, YouView, which UK broadcasters are planning to launch in 2011. “It will be a cloud-based IPTV service. We can do it economically from end to end,” said Thomas. ISPs, operating via BT’s infrastructure, will be able to offer a range of services to end customers, with a range of video quotas and methods of payment. “We will virtualise subscriber-aware services. Customers will be able to get what they pay for.”