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UKFast Brings Biggest Cloud to UK

UKFast launches its giant-rivalling eCloud this week.

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 the UK that has never been seen before.”

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

UKFast’s eCloud launch comes as the firm continues its mission to boost connectivity in the North West. Development has begun 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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