BT Signs 5 Year Contract with AWS to Establish Cloud-First Architecture


As part of its effort to migrate outdated infrastructure and internal applications to a new cloud-first architecture, BT has struck an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This arrangement is part of BT’s larger modernization effort, which intends to save £2 billion in gross yearly savings by the end of FY24 when legacy programs, supporting infrastructure, and data centers are retired.

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Thomas Dücke
“Our collaboration with AWS is a key one for us as we deliver the transformation needed to accelerate BT,” said Thomas Dücke, COO at BT Digital.

The initiative is aimed at aiding BT’s aspirations to create and innovate quicker on a new portfolio of digital goods and services, as well as lower IT maintenance costs. BT envisions it will result in increased value for its Enterprise, Consumer, Global, and Openreach clients.

The cloud-first architecture deployment is carried out by BT Digital. BT Digital’s aims to develop an industry-leading, cloud-first architecture for BT Group include this relationship with AWS. It is cloud-native, microservices-based, and entirely modular, and represents a significant simplification of the company’s current IT infrastructure. This strategy would help improve BT’s capacity to respond quickly to and anticipate customer demands, allowing for security, privacy, and compliance by design.

Using Containers and Serverless Technologies

“BT’s move to cloud-first applications can help reduce IT maintenance costs, streamline operations and help it better adapt to evolving customer needs,” said Adolfo Hernandez, Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Global Industry Business Unit, AWS. “Plus, the AWS pay-as-you-go model offers flexibility so BT only pays for the IT needed.”

BT plans to invest heavily in and utilize AWS technology to speed its digital transformation over the next five years, with a particular focus on application workloads via containers and serverless technologies.

“We have a big opportunity when it comes to modernizing our infrastructure,” said Thomas Dücke, Chief Operating Officer at BT Digital. “Our collaboration with AWS is a key one for us as we deliver the transformation needed to accelerate BT.”