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All Rights ReservedFri, 20 Mar 2015 13:42:28 +00003600Memset’s PSN-Protected, IL3 Data Centre Goes Live<p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services to the UK public sector has today announced that their government accredited data centre facility is now fully live with its connection to PSN-Protected, the h<span>ighest level of PSN security.</span></p> <p>Driven by a desire to bring the best of commodity public cloud prices to higher government security tiers, Memset invested &pound;1.8m constructing a highly efficient, highly scalable IL4-capable data centre in Dunsfold Park, Surrey which was completed in July 2014.</p> <p>Supporting the government&rsquo;s vision for having one network for all UK public sector organisations, Memset went in pursuit of a Public Services Network (PSN) connection in November 2012.</p> <p>Memset are delighted to now be connected to the PSN-Protected network enabling them to make full use of their facility, intended for high security government data &ndash; which they have been largely reserving for that purpose until now.</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: &ldquo;Trying to secure a PSN connection was a surprisingly long process for us and very resource intensive for an organisation of our size. However, we now have a live connection which is an additional USP for an SME like Memset supplying Lot 2 hosting services to the public sector via G-Cloud."&nbsp;<br /><br />Memset said that whilst a second PSN-connected facility with related security measures is planned, in the interim they are working with customers using multiple suppliers to achieve geographically-diverse high-availability, using PSN as the interlink which was a strong use case as originally envisaged in G-Cloud.</p> <p>Despite Craig-Wood's belief that GDS are going to phase out PSN-Protected with a longer-term plan to only have one PSN, with PSN-Protected being achieved by using certified encrypted VPNs over the top of the PSN connection, she says, &ldquo;This is a real shame as the effort that has gone into the PSN-Protected encrypted network has been huge and there are several suppliers like us who have bitten the bullet and the huge cost of hundreds and thousands of pounds to get connectivity, but we do envisage the GDS will be collapsing it in due course.&rdquo;</p> <p>She continued, &ldquo;However as we have seen with the changes to the old IL security markings and the self-certified accreditation programme, many departments are resisting those changes and still looking for the former impact levels and old style technical architecture for their security needs, so there will be a period of transition and an appetite for these high security PSN services.&rdquo;<br /><br />In addition, Memset has a number of software developer clients wanting to do work in the OFFICIAL PSN/PSN-Protected space and need access into that environment, but for whom the costs of their own PSN connection would be prohibitive. "There is definitely demand for a managed service allowing users to access PSN-Protected systems via the Internet, perhaps using hardened, managed laptops and certified VPNs," concluded Craig-Wood.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="G Cloud " /></p> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:42:28 +0000 Achieves 100% Uptime For The Last Six Months<p>British hosting company, Memset is continuing to cement their position as one of the most reliable hosting companies, delivering 100% uptime for the past six months, according to data amassed by Internet research and security firm Netcraft (<a href=""></a>).</p> <div class="image"> <a href="/media/medialibrary/2015/02/netcraft_2015.png" alt="Memset results on Netcraft" class="lightbox-is-active"> <p><img src="" alt="Memset results on Netcraft" /></p> </a> <span class="caption">Memset results on Netcraft</span> </div> <p>The full table of Memset&rsquo;s results can be viewed on <a title="Memset results on Netcraft" href=";range=86400&amp;sample=8&amp;" target="_blank">Netcraft&rsquo;s website</a>.</p> <p>Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of <a href="">around forty leading hosting providers' sites</a>. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.</p> <p>It is important to note that there is a correlation between a web host&rsquo;s website availability and its network availability, even though these two things are not one and the same.</p> <p>In other words, the uptime of a web hosting provider&rsquo;s website is a good indication of what customers can expect from the provider&rsquo;s own hosting service.</p>Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:52:43 +0000 VI Welcomes 15% Increase of Suppliers, But SME Memset Questions Whether They’ll See A Share of Revenue<p>Cranleigh, Surrey &ndash; 4th&nbsp;February 2015 -&nbsp;<span>With today's launch of the G-Cloud VI framework this iteration sees another increase in the&nbsp;number of suppliers, up by 15% &nbsp;taking the number of pre-approved suppliers to 1453 with&nbsp;10,827 new services also being&nbsp;added -&nbsp;which is great news for the programme.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">However, SME supplier Memset, who was one of the&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #386eff; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">first SMEs approved for the G-Cloud framework</a></span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">, questions whether any of the approved&nbsp;suppliers with services listed outside of Lot 4 (Special Consultancy Services)&nbsp;will see an increase in revenue to match.<br /><br />Memset MD, Kate Craig-Wood, said: &ldquo;True cloud SME providers are struggling to secure contracts via the Digital Marketplace because a lot of&nbsp;the business is going through Lot 4.&rdquo;<br /><br />In November 2014&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #386eff; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">less than 15%</a></span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"> of sales on G-Cloud were to true cloud services, ie. those listed in Lots 1-3 covering infrastructure, platform and software as a service. &ldquo;This is a bit disappointing - as the name suggests it is G-Cloud and we should be moving away from consulting towards a pay-as-you-go, standardised pool of cloud computing resources,&rdquo; says Craig-Wood.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;However it&rsquo;s not all bad news if you are a newly approved SME supplier&rdquo;, says Craig-Wood. &nbsp;There is an appetite from incumbent&nbsp;suppliers&nbsp;to work&nbsp;with SMEs&nbsp;in line with government policy to broaden the marketplace and they need to team up SMEs to&nbsp;address&nbsp;that. &nbsp;Also, working with SMEs can&nbsp;help drive their costs down too.</p> <p><span>This is good news for new suppliers as the SIs already have the relationships with Government in place and it should be an easier way to secure&nbsp;</span><span>business as the old major outsourcing c</span><span>ontracts expire.</span><br /><br /><span>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think the framework is fundamentally flawed, however there is a lot of work to do in Government to encourage its use. Getting more&nbsp;procurement professionals to use the framework and getting local Government&nbsp;</span><span>and the wider public sector&nbsp;</span><span>to support it as well would really help the SME cause,&rdquo; concluded&nbsp;Craig-Wood.</span></p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="G Cloud " /></p> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:56:35 +0000 Memset Is Speeding The World Of Cloud Hosting<p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p>In today's always-on, instant world, having a slow website or application means you lose customers, productivity and money.&nbsp; IT hosting company, Memset who prides itself on creating a culture of openness, has today launched a <a href="">status update</a> page to allow customers to see at a glance the service status of their entire cloud estate.</p> <p>Using their own internal intelligent traffic management, Memset operations team is able to communicate effectively to their customer base, and to keep them up to date with outages and scheduled maintenance.</p> <p>From Memset&rsquo;s dedicated status update page customers can also log in to their control panel to dynamically scale the performance of their servers in real time so that they can continue to get the best performance they can.</p> <p>Alex Coke-Smyth, Operations Manager at Memset said: &ldquo;At Memset we encourage a culture of openness - so if things do go wrong customers are not left in the dark.&nbsp; Our new status update page helps us to achieve this goal and enables customers to plan around scheduled maintenance and any other obstacles that may pop up every now and then.&rdquo;</p> <p>"We believe in being upfront! Cloud service providers that continue to not be upfront and honest are not only damaging themselves, but the widespread adoption of cloud computing," concluded Coke-Smyth.</p> <p>To visit Memset&rsquo;s status update page, please see: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <div class="image"> <a href="/media/medialibrary/2014/11/Screen_Shot_2014-11-18_at_13.03.10.png" alt="" class="lightbox-is-active"> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> </a> </div> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:20:25 +0000 Highly Commended In Two Categories In UK IT Industry Awards 2014<p>British IT Hosting company, <a href="">Memset</a>, walked away with two highly commended awards at the UK IT Industry Awards 2014, which took place on Wednesday night in London and was attended by over 1,300 representatives from across the UK computer industry.</p> <p>The company scooped Highly Commended awards for Small Supplier of the Year and Infrastructure Innovation of the Year for their cloud storage solution, Memstore.</p> <p>Memset were delighted to be recognised again within the Small Supplier of the Year category, having previously <a title="Memset A Winner At All Major IT Awards" href="" target="_blank">won this category in 2011</a><span>&nbsp;and been highly commended in 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, said: &ldquo;We were delighted to walk away with both these coveted titles, especially receiving recognition for our innovative home-grown technologies and also our efforts in helping transform UK public sector ICT spend via the G-Cloud programme. To be the UK's second best Small IT Supplier for 2014 isn't too shabby!&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The highly commended award for <a href="">Memstore</a>, our innovative cloud storage solution developed by a small team of developers at Memset was particularly special for us. The product punches above its weight it terms of functionality and features and offers British customers the option to keep their data safely in the UK within a wholly owned and headquartered British business,&rdquo; concluded Craig-Wood.</p> <p>The UK IT Industry Awards, which are run by Computing and the British Computing Society (BCS) are well respected in the computing world and are renowned for honouring the most beneficial and impressive work achieved by those in the technology sector.&nbsp; The awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.&nbsp;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:24:35 +0000 is a Finalist in Two Categories at the V3 Technology Awards<p>Memset has been nominated as a finalist in the V3 Technology Awards in two categories, Best Cloud Storage and Best Cloud Computing Provider. The finalists were recently announced and voting by the V3 readers has recently closed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Memset offers a full cloud service portfolio with meaningful, industry leading SLAs. Employing innovative approaches, open source software and massive automation Memset has been able to deliver commodity pricing for enterprise and public sector via the G-Cloud framework. Customers include Arsenal, the BBC&rsquo;s HR department, Lush Cosmetics, GDS, Cabinet Office, Home Office, University of Westminster, Staffordshire County Council and more.</p> <p>V3&rsquo;s team of experts also named Memset&rsquo;s innovative Cloud Storage Solution, <a href="">Memstore</a> as a finalist in the Best Cloud Storage category.&nbsp; Memstore uses OSS, OpenStack, combined with in-house software to deliver a flexible, scalable and safe way for customers to store their data in the cloud on a pay-as-you-use basis. &nbsp;Also recently accredited by CESG the Pan Government Accreditor, Memstore is also compatible with secure government IT data.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to be nominated for these prestigious awards,&rdquo; said Kate Craig-Wood, MD at Memset. &ldquo;As a small British business, we continue to punch above our weight in terms of the functionality and features of our products that we are able to offer customers at an extremely competitive price.&rdquo;</p> <p>She continued, &ldquo;Further we are proud to offer British customers the option to keep their data safely in the UK within a wholly owned and headquartered British business.&rdquo;</p> <p>Memset looks forward to finding out if they will be named as the overall category winners at an awards ceremony in London on 25<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <p>For more information on the awards &ndash; please see: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:43:43 +0000 Moves Into Managed Services Market<p>Memset has today announced it has launched a new business division, Memset Managed Services (MMS) to help the company address the increasing bespoke nature of public sector accounts&nbsp;and to add further value to their award-winning commodity Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) solutions.</p> <p>Cloud providers are increasingly recognising the need to provide customised solutions as well as standard service-level agreement (SLAs) offerings. This flexible business model was a natural progression for Memset who is looking to draw enterprise and government customers by adding value further up the stack.</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, Memset&rsquo;s MD explained: &ldquo;Memset provides one of the most capable and mature cloud platforms in the market today, and with the increasing number of customer&rsquo;s looking for bespoke IT solutions and more expertise in association to our hosting services, we&rsquo;ve decided to go all-in on the managed cloud offering.&rdquo;</p> <p>Memset itself has made notable progress as a provider to UK government in the past year or so through G-Cloud, and whilst there is still a majority of customers happy to purchase &ldquo;off the shelf&rdquo; products in the CloudStore, there is an increasing demand for the managed services model. MMS will deliver an &ldquo;all-inclusive&rdquo; solution combining traditional managed hosting together with options such as migration, application management, pro-active monitoring, full change management, database administration and a telephone service desk.</p> <p>The service available <a href="">today</a>, will really enable this flourishing British SME to stand out against rival cloud Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) providers on both price and quality of service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Further information on MMS can be found here:</p> <p><a title="Memset Managed Services" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:59:14 +0000 Claim Change In Security Markings Demonstrates Government's Appetite To Push Data Onto Public Cloud<p>G-Cloud SME supplier Memset has applauded the Government on the recent changes to the security classifications which they believe demonstrates a desire to push more data and applications into the public cloud.</p> <p>The changes in the security requirements for the &lsquo;Secret&rsquo; and &lsquo;Top Secret&rsquo; tiers are minimal, however, the changes to the lower tier are more significant as the new policy consolidates national &lsquo;Not Protectively Marked&rsquo;, &lsquo;Protect&rsquo;, &lsquo;Restricted&rsquo;, and some &lsquo;Confidential&rsquo; information under GPMS into the <a href="" target="_blank">single &lsquo;Official&rsquo; tier.</a></p> <p>The &lsquo;Official&rsquo; tier allows for particularly sensitive &lsquo;Official&rsquo; information to be identified using an additional handling caveat &lsquo;Sensitive&rsquo;.</p> <p>Memset, who recently secured IL3 or &lsquo;Official over PSN&rsquo; accreditation from CESG, welcome the changes from the Government. MD, Kate Craig-Wood, said: &ldquo;The old impact levels system was hugely complex and poorly understood, which created a significant barrier to entry for many companies, especially SMEs. This simplification will greatly open up the public services ICT market.</p> <p>Collapsing lower security tiers into one is also a clear indication from the Cabinet Office of an appetite to push more services into the public cloud. This is great news and is the only way the full potential savings of G-Cloud will be unlocked. In my expert opinion there is absolutely no reason why the majority of government ICT should not be conducted using British, high-security public cloud providers via the normal Internet, using existing encryption technologies.</p> <p>As a pioneer in obtaining our IL3-PSN accreditation we were significantly hampered by a lack of transparency around requirements. The mooted publication of all non-protectively marked security guidance documents, previously hoarded by CLAS consultants and CESG, is most welcome. It is important that SMEs can assess the requirements rather than being scared off by fear, uncertainty and unnecessary complexity.</p> <p>I also hope that they will work with Industry in developing the new standards, which I expect are quite "skeletal" at this stage. For example, do we need central accreditation at all? Banks have been managing ultra-high InfoSec for years without a central accreditor, instead relying on approaches including robust penetration testing to deliver provable security. This is a time of opportunity to do things better and cheaper."</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="G Cloud " /></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:54:22 +0000 Wins Best Managed Service Innovation at the 2014 ISPA Awards<p>Memset, a UK-based leading provider of cloud IaaS solutions, has had their Content Delivery Network named as Best Managed Service Innovation at this year&rsquo;s annual Internet Services Providers&rsquo; Association (ISPA) awards.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ISPA awards are the UK&rsquo;s longest running Internet Industry awards celebrating innovation and best practice in the UK&rsquo;s Internet industry.</p> <p>Memset has been a previous winner of this award in 2011 and was also a finalist in 2012 and 2013, proving they have very successfully created a culture of continuous innovation.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Best Managed Service Innovation&rsquo; award was awarded to Memset for their Content Delivery Network which they make available at no extra charge to customers using their <a href="">Memstore cloud storage service,</a> saving bandwidth and processing power of web servers and delivering visitors with faster access to content.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dave Richards - Head of Web Development at Tastecard who use Memset&rsquo;s CDN said, &ldquo;We have been with Memset for several years and they have always met our hosting requirements. When launching our blog across our multi-server platform, we recognized that we needed a single location for images to be stored and shared between servers. Memset's CDN was the ideal solution and it didn't take long for us set it up and get it running. Now when our bloggers create new posts all images become available on the CDN automatically, meaning images are accessible in a secure location with a high transfer rate available. This not only solved our critical problem but was also very easy to implement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, managing director at Memset said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to win the Managed Service Innovation category at the ISPA Awards. Our employees are fuelled to innovate with their ideas and creativity and keep innovation at the heart of Memset. Our CDN is a prime example of an innovation delivering real results for the company and our customers.&rdquo;</p>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:51:21 +0000 SME Memset Achieves IL3 Accreditation<div>Leading SME supplier to the G-Cloud project,&nbsp;<a href="">Memset</a>&nbsp;have today revealed that they have achieved Pan Government Accreditation to Impact Level 3 (PGA IL3).</div> <div><br />Memset is now one of a select few holding the highest level of accreditation for Cloud hosting services. Completing the IL3 accreditation process, Memset is compliant to process "OFFICIAL information and connected&nbsp;to the PSN Encrypted Overlay", to use the&nbsp;<a href="">new Government Security Classification</a>&nbsp;terminology.<br /><br />Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: &ldquo;This is fantastic news for Memset and our partners. We have many SME customers with great products that they want to take into the IL3, or official, space and now we&rsquo;re able&nbsp;to provide them with the accredited infrastructure platform they have been waiting for.&rdquo;<br /><br />As a pre-existing SME, providing hosting services to the private sector for over 10 years, the accreditation process has very much been the meeting of different worlds, with Memset teaching CESG about their&nbsp;approaches to open source and cloud whilst they helped Memset understand the mandated government security approaches.<br /><br />"As a trail blazer it has been a strenuous process for an organisation of our size, but we look forward to sharing our experience with the Cabinet Office in hopes of easing the journey for other SMEs gaining official/IL3&nbsp;accreditation,&rdquo; continued Craig-Wood.<br /><br />Many G-Cloud approved SMEs don&rsquo;t have the spare capacity or resource to achieve higher levels of security accreditation with no assurance of revenue. This has presented a blocker to government's goal of bringing&nbsp;SMEs into public sector IT, but Memset have shown it can be done and hope this will inspire others to follow suit, bolstering the G-Cloud ecosystem.<br /><br /><a href="">Peter Wenham</a>, director and co-founder of Trusted Management, a consultancy specialising in Information Assurance and Cyber Security who took Memset through the entire process of gaining the accreditation said:&nbsp;&ldquo;Memset have become the third G-Cloud supplier to achieve compliant IL3 status, it&rsquo;s a fantastic achievement for an SME especially in light of the government&rsquo;s drive to ensure that a quarter of its spending will go to&nbsp;SMEs by the end of 2015.&rdquo;<br /><br /></div> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="G Cloud " /></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:31:36 +0000