Bechtle launches new cloud portal
Bechtle has launched a new cloud portal available at www.bechtle-clouds.com. The new website enables private and public-sector customers to easily source a large number of public and business-cloud services through a single platform. The new offering is currently available to customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the future, it will be extended to France, the Netherlands and the UK. This cloud portal is another milestone in Bechtle’s endeavour to establish itself as a multi-cloud service provider.
Bechtle launched a new cloud portal for customers in July, in line with its cloud roadmap. This move expands the company’s portfolio of cloud solutions with a powerful, flexible and easy-to-use platform for procuring cloud services. For now the portal, accessible at www.bechtle-clouds.com, provides access to numerous products by Bechtle partner Microsoft. In the coming months, Bechtle will successively add third-party services by partners such as ServiceNow, as well as home-grown cloud services. “Bechtle Clouds is all about relieving customers of complex back-end processes, service configurations, and the management of various partners and agreements. Instead, everything is neatly consolidated into a single platform,” says Bernd Krakau, Managing Director of Bechtle Clouds GmbH.
Advanced platform technology
The portal enables the unified deployment, management and invoicing of diverse cloud services from a single source. To this end, Bechtle and Netcracker Technology have designed a purpose-built platform architecture that integrates with the Bechtle Group’s existing back-office systems. Bechtle specialists run the new cloud platform from a highly secure data centre located on Frankfurt’s e-shelter campus using Bechtle’s own cutting-edge hardware and network technology from HPE and Cisco. The site’s proximity to the world’s largest internet exchange point guarantees optimum connectivity with all major hyperscalers.
New opportunities for customers
“Our investment in a new, next-generation cloud platform gives our customers added flexibility when procuring software and IT infrastructure services. Whether they’re looking for a public or on-premise private cloud solution, on-demand services or expert support to realise their complex IT projects, Bechtle is their reliable partner when it comes to modern IT architectures and hybrid clouds,” says Michael Guschlbauer, member of the Executive Board responsible for IT System House & Managed Services at Bechtle AG. The portal has been actively used from the very beginning. As a digital marketplace, it enables users to orchestrate various cloud services, drastically simplifying agreement, deployment and support processes. All services are invoiced transparently based on agreement duration or actual usage.
Netcracker’s solutions and engineering were an essential part of building Bechtle’s new and highly functional multi-cloud provider platform within the set time frame. “We are pleased to have HPE, Cisco and Netcracker as extremely dedicated technology suppliers and partners who support us in driving our cloud business at top speed,” says Harald Weickert, CIO of Bechtle AG.