Virgin Media Business launches cloud computing service

Posted on: November 11, 2011

  • Virgin Media Business has teamed up with web hosting and services provider Savvis to offer a new contract-free cloud computing service to UK customers.


  • Using Virgin Media’s fibre-optic cable network and Savvis’s enterprise virtual private datacentre (VPDC), the cloud computing service will be available without a contract and on a pay-as-you-go basis with companies paying for usage by the hour.


  • The service is aimed at enterprises with between 250 to 1,000 employees and offers three different service-level agreements (SLAs) and uptime guarantees.


  • Mark Heraghty, Virgin Media Business’s managing director, said the service allows companies to quickly deploy private datacentres and avoid complex procurement processes.


  • The VPDC service will allow IT managers to gain virtual computing power quickly and easily by designing and deploying their own private datacentre in just a few clicks. They can have it up and running the same day and the set-up can then be modified as and when required, with changes being ready to go within 90 minutes


  • Ovum analyst David Molony said Virgin’s announcement is a big challenge to BT and Cable & Wireless, which already launched virtual datacentre services.

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