(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – iomart, one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud companies, has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 6, the UK Government’s Digital Marketplace.
iomart has been accredited to supply Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS); and Specialist Cloud Services. Among the services it offers are: vCloud and vCloud IaaS – self-managed and hosted virtual infrastructure services based on a VMware vCloud environment; Desktop as a Service; Hosted Exchange and Storage; Business Mail plus Mail and Web Filtering; File Sync and Share; and Advanced DDoS Protection using Arbor Network’s Peakflow solution.
iomart’s backup specialist Backup Technology (BTL) has also been accredited, having been on G Cloud since it was first created by the UK Government to make buying cloud services easier for the public sector and to open up competition for contracts to SMEs.
In total iomart and BTL now protect more than 100TBs of data for public sector organisations including the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, two councils in Northern Ireland, and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS), one of the largest county fire services in the UK.
Jan Swanwick, Head of ICT for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, explains, “Traditionally procurement has been a long, protracted process. With G-Cloud it is very straightforward because all the supplier and product information has already been collated and validated.”
Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart, says, “For public sector organisations the benefits of procuring services through G Cloud are manifest because they don’t have to go through costly and time-intensive due diligence on potential service providers. Cloud services can be bought off-the-shelf quickly and easily because the background checks have already been done.”