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Biggest Cloud Hits Manchester

Article date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:03 GMT

eCloud

Manchester takes a giant leap forward in the technology race today as UKFast announces the launch of the UK's largest private cloud.

The £12m eCloud infrastructure is predicted to be the UK's first elastic cloud to rival US giants Amazon and Rackspace.

With petabytes of high availability storage from best-of-breed vendors such as 3Par and SGI, the eCloud is built upon the latest Cisco UCS Blade technology.

Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO, said: "We have been leading the field with dedicated servers for more than a decade - we grew from nowhere by automating everything and making what once took 10 days, possible in two hours.

"Now the market has changed and we didn't want to just create a run-of-the-mill, self-serve product like other cloud offerings. Building cloud environments is nothing new to UKFast, we've been managing data centres and been responsible for hundreds of thousands of websites since 1999.

"With eCloud we wanted to create something really special. By combining the very best hardware with the highest level of customer service on an extraordinarily fast network, spread across multiple sites, it finally gives British businesses what they need and has brought a level of technology to Manchester that has never been seen before."

With a pay-per-minute or contract model, eCloud brings elastic cloud to the North West and makes an enterprise-level cloud solution available to every level of business without any capital investment.

Jones continued: "My love for Manchester is no secret but there's more to it than that. Manchester succeeded with the first mills, factories and canals because it is in the heart of the UK. Its central location is one of the most important factors in choosing Manchester to invest in and build our data centres.

"It was the home of the industrial revolution, now we are helping it become the home of the industrious revolution."

UKFast's eCloud launch comes as the firm continues its mission to boost connectivity in the North West. The firm has begun development on its fifth data centre in Manchester, acquiring No1 Archway at the start of the year to house the facility and become the new UKFast HQ.


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