Skyscape Cloud Services announces new HybridConnect service to provide connectivity between private cloud environments and public or community cloud platformsLondon – January 20th 2015 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave cloud services company, has announced the launch of its new HybridConnect service. By enabling greater connectivity between public and private cloud platforms, HybridConnect will meet increasing customer demand for cloud solutions that exploit the commercial and technical benefits of Skyscape’s assured public sector cloud platform, whilst at the same time leveraging existing investments in legacy systems or using services from competitive cloud providers.Currently, while it is necessary for public sector organisations to maximise value from their existing assets, including legacy technology, those assets may not be able to support organisations as technical requirements change. As additional capacity is required and transactional services are migrated online, customer requirements are inevitably changing. HybridConnect addresses this by providing secure, scalable and resilient connectivity between secure customer suites within Ark Data Centres, third-party data centres and/or a customer’s own facilities, and Skyscape’s assured cloud platform.”We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new HybridConnect service,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “Skyscape has endeavoured to ensure it is the most connected cloud provider to government community networks, such as the PSN Assured service, the encrypted PSN Protected service, legacy GCF networks, the N3 health network and others. HybridConnect extends this further by facilitating the creation of hybrid cloud solutions which federate Skyscape’s assured cloud platform with a wide variety of private and public cloud options.”HybridConnect when used with enabling technology such as Cisco InterCloud Fabric or VMware vCloud Connector will make it much easier for customers to transparently move workloads between their own infrastructure, the Skyscape assured cloud platform and other competitive cloud providers. Typical use cases for Skyscape’s HybridConnect will be to support disaster recovery solutions, workload migration, supplier independence and cloud burst solutions.”We believe HybridConnect could significantly benefit both private and public entities,” said Huw Owen, CEO at Ark Data Centres. “In particular, this service will support those organisations currently using secure data centres for legacy IT, but with a medium or long-term intention to move towards using an assured cloud service. HybridConnect provides the necessary flexibility to take the first step in a transition to the cloud and demonstrates further innovation and leadership on the part of Skyscape.”- ends -About Skyscape Cloud ServicesSkyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay by the hour consumption models. Skyscape is a certified Public Services Network (PSN) service provider and its full range of services has been accredited by CESG Pan Government Accreditor (PGA). As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and is a key supporter of the programme. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres. Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner. To learn more about Skyscape, visit www.skyscapecloud.com or follow on Twitter @skyscapecloudMedia ContactsCharlotte Martin/Flora HaslamJohnson King, a Finn Partners Company+44 (0)20 7401 7968 SkyscapeTeam@johnsonking.co.ukSource: RealWire

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