Claranet’s Virtual Data Centre is one year old this month and there's extra reason to celebrate as it recently won its third award in the UK: the SVC IaaS Solution of the Year Award.
Launched in the UK in November 2011, Virtual Data Centre was the first true Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering to be introduced in Europe. The platform brings together Claranet's 16 years of experience in cloud, hosting and networks and consolidates this expertise in one powerful IaaS solution. Virtual Data Centre allows our customers to provision compute, network and storage resources at the click of a button. The ability to scale resources up or down, and to manage IT infrastructure in a vendor agnostic virtualized environment, combined with the traditional advantages of managed cloud and network services, affords our customers numerous business benefits.
In the preceding months these qualities have ensured that Virtual Data Centre has been recognised by award panels in the UK and Europe. In the UK, Virtual Data Centre has won three awards; the TechWorld Awards Cloud Product of the Year,the Datacentre Awards European Award for Cloud Infrastructure and, most recently, the SVC IaaS Solution of the Year Award. As the service has been rolled out from Claranet’s operations in Germany, France and the Netherlands it has received critical acclaim and won other awards such as the Best Cloud/IaaS offer of the Year at the French Cloud Computing Awards.
Though awards are a great indication we are heading in the right direction, providing our customers with the best possible service is what really motivates us. One client who can happily testify to a positive experience with Virtual Data Centre is BETE Ltd, the spray nozzle manufacturer. They have embraced the features of Virtual Data Centre and are beginning to reap the business benefits as Marketing Manager Ivan Zytinski explains:
Moving our applications into [Virtual Data Centre’s] virtualised environment has given us the flexibility that we need to meet changing demand quickly without the need to purchase expensive physical servers that would spend most of their time lying redundant. This solves any capacity issues before they occur, and makes it easy to plan for business growth. If we want to deploy a new app, for example, we don’t have to worry about whether our current servers can handle it, as we can simply upgrade the allocated RAM.
At one year old Claranet’s Virtual Data Centre has certainly established itself as a bit of a prodigy. However a key tenet of Claranet’s is to constantly innovate and improve so we will be working hard to do this in the next 12 months. Plans are also afoot to introduce it to other parts of our European operations. Hopefully the next year will be as exciting as this one has been!