Assured cloud services provider extends product portfolio to support customers delivering public services online, as well as price reductions and improved SLAs London – February 2nd 2015 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave cloud services company, today announced that its range of assured cloud services has been extended in order to support the Government’s digital agenda to deliver public services online. Skyscape is also introducing significant price reductions and improved SLAs – as it has for all new iterations of the G-Cloud Framework – with its enhanced portfolio and new prices now available via G-Cloud 6.Skyscape is introducing new solutions that meet requirements for agility, security and accessibility as they move not just workloads associated with digital applications to the cloud, but also legacy applications. Skyscape is introducing these changes to meet these requirements and therefore support its customers, who are exclusively public sector organisations. “Cloud adoption is increasing exponentially within the public sector,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “As a company, it is our aim to further support the Government’s objective to advance the take up of cloud computing with our proven delivery model, new products and latest price reductions, ensuring our customers benefit from high-quality services at the best possible price. Our significant success to date – much of which has been achieved through G-Cloud – has enabled us to achieve economies of scale and deliver repeated price reductions.” Key changes to Skyscape’s service catalogue include:The pricing of storage offerings for both its Infrastructure-as-a-Service options (Compute-as-a-Service and Storage-as-a-Service) will be reduced by up to 44 percent and 75 percent respectivelyA new pricing model for connectivity; its connectivity services will now follow the same model as its cloud solutions, with customers only paying for what they useContinued free connectivity via the PSN Assured network as well as tiered pricing for connectivity via the PSN Protected network or N3Increased SLA for its Compute-as-a-Service BASIC service to 99.99 percentSkyscape is re-packaging and re-pricing its solutions to ensure compliance with the new Government Security Classification Policy (GSCP). Following the introduction of the new GSCP, Skyscape will maintain two distinct platforms; one of which is natively connected to the internet (Assured OFFICIAL platform) and the other is only connected to Government networks (Elevated OFFICIAL platform). Both platforms will be independently validated to be suitable for all OFFICIAL data, including OFFICIAL SENSITIVE data.In addition to this platform strategy, Skyscape is launching a range of new services and improved features to help its customers implement online services quickly and securely. The UK Government is delivering not just exemplar services online, but larger transactional services as well, and these are being delivered using cloud solutions. Legacy applications are also being shifted to the cloud. All this means more complex solutions are required and more significant workloads are generated. To support this continued adoption of cloud computing and its customers evolving requirements, Skyscape is introducing the following:Cross Domain Security Zone – to offer flexible and secure gateways between the lower and higher security platforms Secure Remote Access option for accessing its Elevated OFFICIAL cloud platformSpecialist DDoS protection capability as standard for all internet-connected solutionsStorage options designed to deliver superior performance for many write-intensive workloadsDedicated Compute which provides customers with exclusive use of host servers in order to comply with legacy licensing requirementsHybridConnect: announced last month, this new service facilitates the creation of hybrid cloud solutions which federate Skyscape’s assured cloud platform with a wide variety of private and public cloud optionsEnhanced Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product capabilities and free trials to encourage further adoption Hansford continued: “We are introducing a number of new options to support our public sector customers in delivering secure transactional services to citizens. We have developed these in line with our customers’ requirements, which ultimately demonstrates our continued and exclusive commitment to the UK public sector.”Skyscape provides a range of cloud computing services dedicated to the UK public sector, delivered with leading technologies from Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Continuity. 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. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.Skyscape’s full range of services are suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. 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 Haslam Johnson King, a Finn Partners Company+44 (0)20 7401 7968 SkyscapeTeam@johnsonking.co.uk Source: RealWire

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