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UK managed services cloud providers

Managed services let businesses offload parts of their infrastructure to access as services, including applications like email, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and more. Web hosting is a common "as a Service" offering that predates the current cloud computing trend. Users can add functionality as business grows or their needs change.

BT
Phone: 0800 028 5314 (corporate); 0800 032 0025 (public sector)
BT has moved into managed services around networks and IT systems for public and corporate sector companies. Offerings include pre-designed onsite configurations or fully hosted and managed storage and restoration services. Their virtual data centres host infrastructures in their data centres and employ a secure self service portal.
Also, find BT in Data backup and security cloud providers.

Commensus PLC
Phone: 44 (0)208 661 4650
Commensus's main product is V-Cloud Enterprise; they use VMware and operate three secure data centres for data protection offsite. Their product is designed for 10 to 1,000 users, with built-in disaster recovery. V-Cloud Professional is for small and medium businesses (SMBs) without established in-house IT, and users can add apps and services as needed, including packaged servers, email, document management, phones and more. V-Cloud Expand can be used for application providers -- software developers and vendors -- to host apps online.
Also, find Commensus in Server, storage and infrastructure cloud providers and Data backup and security cloud providers.

ioMart
Phone: 44 (0) 141 931 6400
ioMart is a hosting provider with five UK data centres. They offer network services with 1 Gbps fibre, IP transit, point-to-point and content delivery networks. ioMart also provides Web hosting and dedicated server hosting, as well as virtual servers on-demand. Other services include virtual private clouds, bespoke high availability services and pay-as-you-go bursting. ioMart offers email hosting, network content filtering and Software as a Service (SaaS) Internet management for resellers and providers.
Also, find ioMart in Data backup and security cloud providers.

Google App Engine for Business
Google App Engine is designed for users to build and host Web apps, with a central administration console for all the applications of one organization. Pricing is per user, per month, with a 99.9% uptime service-level agreement (SLA). Further planned developments are hosted SQL databases, SSL on customer company domains and more advanced services.

Nasstar
Phone: 020 7148 5000
Nasstar's managed services offerings include business applications, archived data and communication tools, which includes emails, documents, and more. A secure Internet site allows login access. It's all delivered from a secure data centre, with engineers managing all systems. Nasstar offers a strong data security solution, with encryption, authentication and access controls. Data centres use biometric controls for data security and offer service level guarantees.
Also, find Nasstar in Hosted desktop cloud providers.

Quantix
Phone: 0115 983 6200
Quantix is a managed services and cloud platform. Their partners include Microsoft, Oracle for database services and VMware, Juniper and Websense for high-performance networking. They handle managed services around database technology, business applications and networking and security. Quantix also provides global monitoring, SQL Server reporting, Oracle hosting, remote access and SaaS services.
Also, find Quantix in Data backup and security cloud providers.

Rackspace
Phone: 44 (0)20 8734 2600
Rackspace provides managed hosting systems for Windows and Red Hat Linux platforms, plus public, private and hybrid cloud options. Rackspace also hosts Microsoft Exchange for email and its own email service, along with a hybrid option, as well as SharePoint. It's a US-based company that maintains two UK data centres.
Also, find Rackspace in Server, storage and infrastructure cloud providers.

Star
Phone: 0800 138 4443
Star provides on-demand IT and communications services. The Star Platform includes email, connectivity, hosting, networking, security, telephony and productivity applications. They maintain UK data centres and support. Star Platform uses the MyStar command centre dashboard for users to keep control over and do reporting as needed for maximum data protection.

ThinkGrid
Phone: 020 3393 7320
ThinkGrid's range of cloud services include desktop computing, software and apps, email, file sharing, phone and VoIP, storage and backup, server hosting and virtual infrastructure. ThinkGrid works with a network of partners in different verticals. They offer a catalog of SaaS applications, plus the option of using hosted virtual desktops for customers to install their own software. ThinkGrid employs the cloud for collaboration, with SharePoint services, hosted file servers and cloud data storage. Their offsite data protection includes data centres with physical security as well as the TripWire intrusion detection system.
Also, find ThinkGrid in Hosted desktop cloud providers.

WebFusion
Phone: 0800 0317 800
WebFusion maintains virtual private servers and dedicated servers for users to run their online businesses, along with doing Web hosting. Online business solutions include hosted Exchange, marketing, data protection and security like SSL certificates, firewalls, web design and backups. They have a UK data centre. Customers can choose an automated backup system or FTP system to manage data backup directly. WebFusion also does custom solutions for different sizes of ecommerce sites and help ease traffic at peak times.

Christine Cignoli is a Boston-based technology writer/editor and a contributor to SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk. Contact her at her website.

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This was first published in November 2010

 

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