European Cloud Services Site In Birmingham and Belfast

European Cloud Services Site In Birmingham and Belfast 9 May, 2012

dce has today announced that it will launch cloud service data centre incubator testing facilities at its flagship locations in Titanic Quarter, Belfast and Birmingham.

Known as Cloudvault, the facilities will provide geographically diverse cloud services demo suites and form an “on-demand cloud” environment across mainland UK regions and Europe to SMEs, corporate and public sector customers.

Under pinning the Cloudvault solution is a high speed fibre capacity from diverse networks linking both sites. The facilities will allow customers to test drive storage and software applications at the locations ahead of the major DCE data centres planned initially at Titanic Quarter Belfast and Birmingham.

Cloudvault will feature hardware and software solutions from Pivot3 and VMware, including its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) stack and the VMware View platform, and is expected to feature enterprise solutions from Oracle and SAP among others.

Both Belfast and Birmingham demo suites will be interlinked to create a collaborative test environment – alongside additional connectivity via Kelvin to the USA – and for transatlantic application testing, via East Coast USA through DCE Cloudvault test facilities based in partner data centre locations.

DCE will also launch a Cloud services awareness programme which will includes major initiatives such as a free trial of cloud services, including the VMware and Pivot 3 VDI desktop solution, to public sector bodies and SMEs.

“The launch of Cloudvault provides the perfect hosting platform for SME businesses in the UK and Europe to test drive Pivot3’s View virtual desktop solutions,” said Mike Holt, Director of Channels and Strategic Alliances for Pivot3 EMEA. “Not only will SMEs be able to engage in a compelling real-time experience of VMware View 5.0, but they will also experience world class hosting from DCE.”

The Cloudvault sites will also launch and host the innovative DCE on Demand services platform, including Bandwidth on Demand and Infrastructure on Demand, along with sector specific services, such as Storage on Demand for the multi-media and film production sectors.

Sinclair Stockman, former Chief Information Officer of BT and Executive Chairman of Digital Northern Ireland 20:20, said, “Cloud Services, Financial Services and Digital Media will be key drivers of value on the digital platform over the coming decade. The DCE Titanic Quarter site with its 1st class connectivity infrastructure and ultrafast direct connectivity to the USA via Kelvin is a key location, and in conjunction with other DCE flagship sites such as DCE Central Exchange in Birmingham, will form a 1st class digital connectivity and cloud platform.”

Welcoming the announcement Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster said: “This is another coup for Northern Ireland and strengthens our growing reputation as a leader in delivering the most up-to-date IT services. The new Titanic Quarter site will be another key centre to provide Cloud services to small and medium business enterprises across Europe. Data centre provision such as this is a strategically important component of the local infrastructure that encourages and supports Foreign Direct Investment.”

John Eland, managing director of DCE, commented, “We are delighted to announce the forthcoming Cloudvault test platform which will act as a test centre for our flagship data centre locations in Birmingham and Titanic Quarter, Belfast and enable customers to trial a location prior to any possible migration. Cloudvault has been setup to provide an “on demand test drive” platform to SMEs, major corporate customers and public sector bodies so that companies can test these services and evaluate business benefits without having to make any investment in hardware, software or physical IT infrastructure.”

“We’re dedicated to working with our partners to ensure our customers are reaping the full benefits of using our market-leading VMware View technology,” said Fredrik Sjostedt, director, Product Marketing, EMEA at VMware. “Together with Pivot3, we have qualified new, ready-to-deploy VDI solutions that are tailored specifically to meet the exact needs of our SMB and public sector customers.”

Data City Exchange have also confirmed they will be looking to roll out the Cloudvault locations to a further sites across the UK and Europe over the next 12 months, with locations expected to include Frankfurt and Zagreb, among others.