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All Rights ReservedThu, 13 Mar 2014 20:45:36 +00003600How Much Can the UK Public Sector Save By Using Open Source?http://www.memset.com/press/how-much-can-uk-public-sector-save-using-open-source/<div class="image"> <p><img src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2012/05/g-cloud-concept-370x229.jpg" alt="G Cloud " /></p> <span class="caption">G Cloud </span> </div> <p><strong>How Much Can the UK Public Sector Save By Using Open&nbsp;Source?<br />&nbsp;<br />-&nbsp;Memset&nbsp;Demonstrate The True Cost Savings of Open Source -<br /></strong>&nbsp;<br />With the government&rsquo;s&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-source-procurement-toolkit">open&nbsp;source procurement</a>&rdquo;&nbsp;mandate already in place, where public sector&nbsp;organisations have to demonstrate that they have included open source choices&nbsp;within their procurement activities, Memset have been&nbsp;able to demonstrate the&nbsp;real cost savings that can be realised when using open source.<br />&nbsp;<br />For example, the cloud costs for a public sector organisation looking&nbsp;to deploy a typical high-traffic web application serving content to&nbsp;public&nbsp;citizens across 35 virtual machines, using an IaaS vendor who doesn&rsquo;t use open&nbsp;source, will be faced with over 40% of the cost&nbsp;being made up of VMWare&nbsp;licensing fees.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Whereas, using open source alternatives, such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.memset.com/virtualisation/">Xen</a>&nbsp;instead of VMWare, the&nbsp;costs can be considerably lower. In fact, in this example&nbsp;above, by using an accredited&nbsp;open source alternative, the exact same service can be delivered by Memset for&nbsp;nearly &pound;140K less over a&nbsp;three year period.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;With the UK government&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/29/uk-government-plans-switch-to-open-source-from-microsoft-office-suite#http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/29/uk-government-plans-switch-to-open-source-from-microsoft-office-suite">&pound;200m&nbsp;spend on Microsoft&nbsp;licensing</a>&nbsp;since 2010 proving to be the headline example of&nbsp;the huge cost of&nbsp;software licences to the UK public sector, we can prove that&nbsp;there are further savings that can be achieved from the infrastructure side of&nbsp;things as well,&rdquo; said Robin Pape, Memset&rsquo;s public sector advisor.<br />&nbsp;<br />Open source enables government departments to not only slash their&nbsp;IT bills, but the technology can be leveraged to achieve better&nbsp;scalability,&nbsp;reliability, agility and security for their unique business needs. Further,&nbsp;public sector organisations can avoid vendor lock-in by&nbsp;using open standards.<br />&nbsp;<br />Early adopter local authorities in the UK, such as Staffordshire, Surrey and Sheffield councils have all used Memset to evaluate open source as part of&nbsp;their acquisition decisions.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;We want to educate and raise awareness of the benefits of open&nbsp;source - but more importantly we want public sector organisations to&nbsp;know that&nbsp;just because they are using VMWare or other proprietary software for their&nbsp;infrastructure, this shouldn&rsquo;t stop them from&nbsp;migrating, and that the cost&nbsp;savings are large enough to consider making the move to an open source&nbsp;alternative like Xen,&rdquo; concluded&nbsp;Pape.<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <a href="/media/medialibrary/2014/03/OpenSource_costs_V2.pdf"> medialibrary/2014/03/OpenSource_costs_V2.pdf </a> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:45:36 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/how-much-can-uk-public-sector-save-using-open-source/Memset Comes Out On Top At The UK Cloud Awardshttp://www.memset.com/press/memset-comes-out-top-uk-cloud-awards/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2014/02/UKCA_Winner_logo_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>- Picking Up Two Awards At The Inaugural Cloud Pro Awards Programme -</strong></p> <p>British cloud provider, Memset last night continued to raise their dominance of the UK cloud market, scooping two awards at the inaugural <a href="http://ukcloudawards.co.uk">UK Cloud Awards</a> organized by Cloud Pro magazine.</p> <p>First up Memset secured &lsquo;Storage Product of the Year&rsquo; for <a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/storage/">Memstore</a>, their new cloud storage solution, based on open source software that delivers a flexible, scalable and safe way for customers to store their data in the cloud on a pay-as-you-use basis. Due to Memset&rsquo;s novel approaches they have been able to undercut the price of market leader, Amazon&rsquo;s Simple Storage Service (S3).</p> <p>Memstore has also been accredited by the Pan Government Accreditor, securing IL2 accreditation 1<sup>st</sup> June 2013, demonstrating that their innovative solution is also compatible with secure government IT data.</p> <p>Memset&rsquo;s MD, Kate Craig-Wood was also highly honoured at the awards and named &lsquo;Cloud Personality of the Year&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>Maxwell Cooter, editor of Cloud Pro said: &ldquo;The Cloud Personality of the Year award was given to Memset chief executive Kate Craig-Wood for her evangelical work in promoting cloud services and her work with government bodies in ensuring cloud remains in the forefront of political thinking. It was a good night for Memset, the company also won best Cloud Storage Product for its Memstore offering.&rdquo;</p> <p>The UK Cloud Awards are jointly organised by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), Cloud Pro and techUK, the UK&rsquo;s organisation for technology companies. Alex Hilton, CIF&rsquo;s CEO, said: &ldquo;The variety of high calibre entries we received was exceptional, in this first year of the UK Cloud Awards.&nbsp; The quality of the entries and winners show the depth and breadth of the cloud innovation that tangibly exist in live working services today. Cloud has clearly matured and we look forward to seeing further development over the year for an even stronger event in 2015."</p> <p>-ends-</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:12:06 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/memset-comes-out-top-uk-cloud-awards/Memset Shortlisted For Three Awards in the UK's First Cloud Awardshttp://www.memset.com/press/memset-shortlisted-three-awards-uks-first-cloud-awards/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2014/02/UKCA_Finalist_logo_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Memset, a UK-based leading provider of cloud IaaS solutions, has been shortlisted in three categories at the first-ever <a href="http://ukcloudawards.co.uk/uk-cloud-awards-shortlist-announced">UK Cloud Awards</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The awards, launched by Cloud Pro, in association with The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and techUK, are designed to reflect the growing importance of cloud within the UK&rsquo;s technology community. &nbsp;</p> <p>Hoping to scoop the title of the UK&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/compute/">Best IaaS Provider</a>&rsquo;, Memset is up against Amazon Web Services, Outsourcery and
 Skyscape Cloud Services for this prestigious title that seeks to recognise the organisation that is providing flexible, affordable and reliable infrastructure to the market.</p> <p>Memset&rsquo;s storage product<a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/storage/"> Memstore</a> has also been recognised as a finalist in the 'Storage Product of the Year' which seeks to recognise products that have added capability, economic benefit and assurance to the storage of data for UK organisations.</p> <p>Finally, <a href="http://www.memset.com/about-us/team/">Kate Craig-Wood, Memset&rsquo;s MD</a> is in the running for 'Cloud Personality of the Year' which intends to recognise a person whose contribution to the UK cloud market has an outstanding contribution to the progress that has been made to date.&nbsp;</p> <p>Craig-Wood was not only co-lead of the technical strand&nbsp;of the Cabinet Office's G-Cloud project, but she&rsquo;s gone on to establish the&nbsp;10% Group, a&nbsp;group of cloudy SMEs which have been vital in continuing to help shape the G-Cloud&nbsp;programme and ensure the&nbsp;government stay true to their promise that 25% of&nbsp;public sector spend will eventually go to SMEs.</p> <p>Kate is also the only SME representative on the <a href="http://www.memset.com/press/kate-craig-wood-recruited-new-eu-cloud-computing-board/">European Cloud&nbsp;Partnership steering board</a>.</p> <p>techUK director, Ian Osborne (who was also one of the judges) said: "The awards represent an important moment for the cloud industry and techUK is working closely with these businesses to ensure UK cloud companies have access to market intelligence; can develop their commercial networks; and have the opportunity to enter new markets, both domestic and international. The quality of the entries for the UK Cloud Awards was truly outstanding and is indicative of the talent, innovation and huge potential of this industry.&rdquo;</p> <p>Memset find out if they will be crowned winners at a ceremony at London&rsquo;s City Hall on 26 February 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:18:54 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/memset-shortlisted-three-awards-uks-first-cloud-awards/Capping Whitehall IT Contracts at £100m Is Not Too Restrictive Says SME, Memset http://www.memset.com/press/capping-whitehall-it-contracts-100m-not-too-restrictive-says-sme-memset/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2012/05/g-cloud-concept-370x229_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="G Cloud " /></p> <p>News that no government&nbsp;information technology contract should be worth more&nbsp;than &pound;100m according to&nbsp;Cabinet Office is welcomed by SME, Memset who believes the move will help to remove&nbsp;further&nbsp;barriers to public sector cloud computing adoption and encourage a more&nbsp;open marketplace.<br />&nbsp;<br />Whilst many have seen the measures as being too restrictive, Memset&nbsp;firmly believes that the rules published by the&nbsp;Cabinet Office last week are&nbsp;good news for all suppliers of cloud services, especially SMEs.&nbsp;&ldquo;Limiting contracts to &pound;100m&nbsp;does not constrain SMEs but does help put an end to the mega-contracts&nbsp;which were the norm until recently,&nbsp;and the rules still allow departments to make a case for exceeding the limit where they can justify it&rdquo; said Robin&nbsp;Pape, Memset&rsquo;s Public Sector&nbsp;Advisor.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Cabinet Office reforms also limit new hosting contracts to two&nbsp;years, and put a stop to automatic contract extensions,&nbsp;again welcomed measures&nbsp;from Memset.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;All suppliers like to win longer contracts but&nbsp;restricting&nbsp;hosting contracts to two years is not an issue for true cloud suppliers&nbsp;who stick to <a href="http://www.memset.com/dedicated-servers/vps/">open standards</a>, as we do, so&nbsp;that customers can easily migrate&nbsp;their data and applications to new suppliers, maintaining competition and&nbsp;downward&nbsp;pressure on costs,&rdquo; continued Pape.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cloud services supplied by&nbsp;<a href="http://govstore.service.gov.uk/cloudstore/search/?q=memset">Memset via the CloudStore framework</a> are easy for public sector customers to&nbsp;adopt with&nbsp;services deployed within hours of contracts being finalized.<br />&nbsp;<br />A further measure introduced&nbsp;by Francis Maude is making suppliers choose whether to be a service provider&nbsp;or service&nbsp;integrator, but not both, for a particular customer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;This will also drive the move to the cloud&nbsp;model and a more open&nbsp;marketplace. &nbsp;We welcome this announcement and&nbsp;the commitment to rigorously enforce these measures,&rdquo; concludes Pape.<br />&nbsp;</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:06:38 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/capping-whitehall-it-contracts-100m-not-too-restrictive-says-sme-memset/Memset Bolster Sales Team In Pursuit of Public Sector Accountshttp://www.memset.com/press/memset-bolster-sales-team-pursuit-public-sector-accounts/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2012/05/g-cloud-concept-370x229_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="G Cloud " /></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p>G-Cloud accredited supplier, Memset has today announced a number of key appointments in pursuit of new Public Sector accounts via the G-Cloud programme.</p> <p>As a new breed of SME supplying ICT services to the public sector, Memset is keen to attract public sector customers with their flexible and efficient IT solutions as well as flawless service delivery.</p> <p>Industry veteran, Roy Simpson, who acts as Memset&rsquo;s enterprise sales advisor, is tasked with developing an enterprise focused sales and distribution network&nbsp;targeting&nbsp;System Integrators (Sis). The systems integration market continues to experience substantial growth thanks to virtualisation,&nbsp;government IT streamlining and cloud computing, and SIs have an important role to play as more businesses move to&nbsp;the cloud, and especially as software vendors and systems integrators are looking to create connectors for their&nbsp;cloud services.</p> <p>Simpson said: &ldquo;Memset is in a very strong position to leverage their <a href="http://www.memset.com/press/memset-secures-il2-pan-government-accreditation-pga/">IL2 and soon to be IL3&nbsp;accreditation</a> to target SIs, as we believe G-Cloud projects will be a big factor in Public Sector where government really likes to see British SMEs given a real chance to compete and also partner.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Memset team has also been bolstered with the appointment of Kevin Anson as Business Development Director - Government. Kevin joins the team from Clarity Commerce Solutions where he spent nine years focusing on securing public sector contracts, and will be leveraging his experience in pursuit of local government contracts for Memset.</p> <p>&ldquo;Despite being recognised as one of the most efficient parts of the public sector following high levels of reductions in spending, the local government now need to think and act differently, and through our extensive partnerships with other G-Cloud accredited suppliers we will be bringing a number of exciting new ways for&nbsp; local government to not only achieve the required efficiency savings needed but deliver the very best for their local communities,&rdquo; said Anson</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:48:29 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/memset-bolster-sales-team-pursuit-public-sector-accounts/Memset Offer Local & Central Government Pay-As-You-Go Cloud Service Under G-Cloud IVhttp://www.memset.com/press/memset-offer-local-central-government-pay-you-go-cloud-service-under-g-cloud-iv/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2012/05/g-cloud-concept-370x229_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="G Cloud " /></p> <p align="center"><strong>Memset Offer Local &amp; Central Government Pay-As-You-Go Cloud Service Under G-Cloud IV</strong></p> <p><span>With the standstill period for G-Cloud IV coming to a close, Memset are pleased&nbsp;to announce a significant&nbsp;bolstering of their offerings in the CloudStore with&nbsp;services included in Lot 1: IaaS, Lot 2: PaaS and Lot 4: Specialist Cloud&nbsp;Services for their newly&nbsp;launched&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/storage/">pay-as-you-go service</a><span>.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Offering their&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/compute/">Miniserver Virtual Machines&nbsp;by the hour</a><span>&nbsp;together with a new pay-as-you-go cloud storage product, Memset&nbsp;supports the G-Cloud&rsquo;s vision&nbsp;for transparent, granular pricing driving&nbsp;significant cost reductions across the board.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Memset&rsquo;s pay-as-you-go cloud storage&nbsp;service is aimed at local and central government departments looking to adopt&nbsp;cloud computing as part of their&nbsp;IT strategy. &nbsp;With ongoing concerns over&nbsp;data security, Memset&rsquo;s IL2-accreditated service is&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/about-us/datacentre/">UK-hosted</a><span>, appealing to&nbsp;public authorities who are&nbsp;concerned about data being hosted overseas.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Ken Smith, Memset's Commercial Director,&nbsp;explains: &ldquo;Cloud storage is becoming an integral part of any IT strategy across&nbsp;the public and private sector.&nbsp;We want to offer local and central government&nbsp;departments the chance to reap the benefits of using the cloud but without the&nbsp;worries over security.&rdquo;</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Built entirely on open source software,&nbsp;data can be moved quickly and easily across many different cloud storage&nbsp;providers if required, helping to&nbsp;alleviate vendor lock-in.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Memset has been a major supplier to the&nbsp;G-Cloud programme since its launch in February 2012 and their core IaaS&nbsp;product, Miniserver Virtual&nbsp;Machines continue to be incredibly popular thanks&nbsp;to their unique scalable nature, enabling them to be scaled up or down&nbsp;depending on resource&nbsp;requirements.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>In fact, a cluster of Memset&rsquo;s Miniserver&nbsp;virtual machines is currently being used to host the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/press/cabinet-office-signs-memset-host-new-cloudstore-website/">Cabinet Office&rsquo;s&nbsp;CloudStore</a><span>&nbsp;website.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>-ends-</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><strong>About&nbsp;Memset</strong><br /><span>Memset is an award-winning IT hosting company based in Surrey. We&nbsp;provide managed hosting and cloud computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service&nbsp;(IaaS)&nbsp;solutions for businesses and public sector via G-Cloud Framework.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Services range from individual Miniserver VM&reg; virtual servers to&nbsp;enterprise-class dedicated server clusters with multi-site fail-over, all&nbsp;without long-term contracts or up-front costs. Memset&rsquo;s customers range&nbsp;from small start-ups to large corporates (eg. Hilton and BBC) and are spread&nbsp;across all&nbsp;industry sectors.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>G-Cloud is starting to change the way the public sector buys&nbsp;commodity IT services, and as an accredited SME supplier, Memset&rsquo;s cloud&nbsp;services are&nbsp;secure, sustainable and compliant and designed to address the&nbsp;barriers to public sector cloud adoption whilst promoting agility and cost&nbsp;savings across&nbsp;the board.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Major G-Cloud wins include CloudStore website,&nbsp;Staffordshire County Council, Estyn, the&nbsp;Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Home&nbsp;Office.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Memset has been named as PCPro's Best Web Host for the last seven&nbsp;consecutive years, and last year won Data Centre Solutions Public Cloud of the&nbsp;Year Award and was an awarded a 'Big Tick' in the 2013 Business In the&nbsp;Community Awards.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>For more information please see:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/">http://www.memset.com</a></p>Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:56:15 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/memset-offer-local-central-government-pay-you-go-cloud-service-under-g-cloud-iv/IT Entrepreneur, Kate Craig-Wood Recognised At The Wise Awards 2013http://www.memset.com/press/it-entrepreneur-kate-craig-wood-recognised-wise-awards-2013/ <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2013/11/Wise_Awards_2013_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>IT Entrepreneur, Kate Craig-Wood Recognised At The Wise Awards 2013</strong></p> <p>IT Entrepreneur and founder of Memset, Kate Craig-Wood, has been shortlisted for the WISE Enterprise and Innovation Award 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>The WISE Awards are a celebration of the considerable female talent that the UK has in science, engineering, technology and the built environment.</p> <p>Craig-Wood has been selected as a finalist for the Enterprise and Innovation Award category which has been set up to profile female innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs and is sponsored by Atkins.</p> <p>A young, British, female technology entrepreneur, Craig-Wood was taught computer programming by her father at the age of 9 and has gone on to build Memset, an award-winning IT company hosting over 20,000 of Britain&rsquo;s largest and busiest websites.&nbsp;</p> <p>However it&rsquo;s her ground-breaking research into reducing the power consumption of Memset&rsquo;s services that she believes has lead to her shortlisting in these awards.&nbsp; Her project, in collaboration with Surrey University, has enabled Craig-Wood to reduce the power consumption of Memset&rsquo;s virtual machines faster than even Moore&rsquo;s Law predicts, from 26W per machine to now less than 3W.</p> <p>With a clear strategy on how this could be translated across the community and marketplace, Craig-Wood&rsquo;s research has the ability to make a significant difference to the success of the technology environment &ndash; a sector critical to the UK&rsquo;s growth potential.</p> <p>Speaking on her nomination, Craig-Wood said: <em>&ldquo;To be shortlisted for this award is not only a fantastic industry acknowledgement but it is also a tremendous tribute to all the team at Memset who play a pivotal role in the company&rsquo;s commitment to improving energy efficiency.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Winners of the WISE Awards 2013 will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 14th at the Science Museum in London.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:50:41 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/it-entrepreneur-kate-craig-wood-recognised-wise-awards-2013/Amazon EBS Outages Highlights Advantages Of Persistent Local Storagehttp://www.memset.com/press/amazon-ebs-outages-highlights-advantage-persistent-local-storage/<p>Recent outages of Amazon cloud at the end of August mark the third significant outage in two years caused by Elastic Block Store (EBS) failures.&nbsp; According to Memset, who offer persistent local storage by default, these high profile outages suggests that network-attached block storage is not always a reliable place to store data.&nbsp;</p> <p>Juan Martinez, DevOps leader at Memset, said, "When you launch a cloud server with Memset, the virtual machine and storage are persistent, with data being stored on regular disks or SSD disks if you require high speed input/output. This storage is managed with traditional hardware durability strategies (RAID) and thanks to the abstraction layer provided by our cloud platform, it is completely transparent."<br />&nbsp;<br />"Additionally we offer the possibility to take snapshots of this storage and store them inside of an object storage system based on clustering technology that guarantees three copies of each object in different failure zones. This is particularly useful for disaster recovery, storing multiple copies of your server or adding additional servers to an existing cluster or deployment," concluded Martinez.</p> <p>Memset's <a href="http://www.memset.com/cloud/storage/">Memstore</a> cloud storage service, based on OpenStack SWIFT, has also proven extremely reliable with zero data loss to date. If there is a disk failure on a Miniserver VM host, Memset's operations team can swiftly change the affected drive in the hot-swap chassis meaning that data losses for their VMs are also vanishingly rare. There has been no loss of <a href="http://www.memset.com/dedicated-servers/vps/">Miniserver VM</a> data as a result of infrastructure or platform software failure in at least the last five years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many of our customers prefer our Miniserver VM solution because of the persistent nature of our VM's storage. If you want low-latency, persistent storage for a VM little beats just using the VM host's local RAID1. Generally we don't often need to move VMs between hosts so a centralised storage system is largely unnecessary; we just copy the image across when we do.&rdquo; says Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset.</p> <p>Craig-Wood continued, &ldquo;These outages suggest that some cloud approaches are not yet enterprise-ready. While Amazon's system is certainly very clever, our straight-forward approach seems increasingly a good move. This means a failure is unlikely to take out more than one of a customer's VMs at once, and also makes our Miniservers operationally identical to a dedicated server which our customers like. It is a classic application of the KISS engineering principal.&rdquo;</p> <p>-ends-&nbsp;</p>Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:06:32 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/amazon-ebs-outages-highlights-advantage-persistent-local-storage/Security & Accreditation Are Serious Blockers To SMEs Gaining GCloud Business According To 10% Grouphttp://www.memset.com/press/security-accreditation-are-serious-blockers-smes-gaining-gcloud-business-according-10-group/<p><strong><em>- New Group of&nbsp;Cloudy SMEs Established To Give Feedback To Cabinet Office -</em></strong><em><br /></em><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>IT Entrepreneur and founder of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.memset.com/">Memset</a><span>, Kate Craig-Wood, in her capacity of representing all British Cloud SMEs at the </span><a href="http://www.memset.com/press/kate-craig-wood-recruited-new-eu-cloud-computing-board/">European Cloud Partnership (ECP)</a><span>&nbsp;steering board has convened a&nbsp;group&nbsp;of cloudy SMEs to help give feedback to the Cabinet Office on the GCloud&nbsp;and more generally on the UK and&nbsp;European approach to cloud.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>In response to a request from the Cabinet Office to glean input from SMEs and their experiences to date with the GCloud, Craig-Wood has formed this collective known as the &ldquo;10% Group&rdquo;. They claim that whilst the GCloud is starting to change the way the public sector buys commodity IT services, it still has a long way to go.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>The group, formed with representatives from Asidua, Automated Intelligence, Hao2, Digi2al, Magic Milestones and Shaping Cloud said that security and accreditation have been serious blockers to SMEs gaining market share. New entrants are being stalled by PSN not delivering IL3-accredited connection services yet, and the GCloud accreditation processes are a moving target and very labour-intensive, with nugatory parallel processes for PSN adding to the load.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>As a result, they believe that SMEs have only really received&nbsp;10% of&nbsp;the awarded public sector (</span><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sme-spend-for-2012-to-2013-shows-government-on-track-to-meet-2015-goal">as&nbsp;confirmed&nbsp;by the latest figures from the Cabinet Office</a><span>), despite the fact&nbsp;that the Government&rsquo;s stated aspiration is that 25%&nbsp;of public sector spend will&nbsp;eventually go to SMEs.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>But members of the 10% Group have been impressed with the cultural and behavioural changes to date in getting the public sector behind the GCloud and believe that the move from GCloud being a project to becoming a GDS business will enable changes to be made and resources applied to make GCloud a success as a shop for all commodity services and products across the public sector.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, said: &ldquo;As well as heading up the 10% Group, I have also been appointed to the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) steering board with the mandate of representing all British SMEs&rsquo; interests. With the help of my team I am collating the views, issues, troubles and successes of these groups and feeding them back into Intellect, the Cabinet Office, G-Cloud programme and ECP.&rdquo;</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><span>If you are a principal of a SME that is&nbsp;going places in Cloud then please get in touch with Robin Pape at Memset.</span></p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2012/05/g-cloud-concept-370x229_thumb_200x9999.jpg" alt="G Cloud " /></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:38:27 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/security-accreditation-are-serious-blockers-smes-gaining-gcloud-business-according-10-group/Memset Delivers 99.992% Uptime, According To Latest Figures From Netcraft http://www.memset.com/press/memset-delivers-99992-uptime-according-latest-figures-netcraft/<p><strong>Memset Delivers 99.992% Uptime, According To Latest Figures From Netcraft</strong></p> <p>Memset, a UK-based provider of cloud computing, today announced 4 years of 99.992% continuous uptime as reported by independent research company Netcraft. As well as achieving this remarkable milestone, Memset continues to deliver some of the fastest connection times available, also being ranked in the world&rsquo;s top 10 <a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2013/07/01/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-june-2013-2.html">Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in June 2013</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s recognition is based on the low number of failed requests - 0.021% - and a connection time of 0.072ms.</p> <p>Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of <a href="http://uptime.netcraft.com/perf/reports/Hosters">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>From a customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies' own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why Netcraft choose to rank their table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-ENDS-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.memset.com/media/medialibrary/2013/07/images_thumb_200x9999.jpeg" alt="" /></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:59:18 +0000http://www.memset.com/press/memset-delivers-99992-uptime-according-latest-figures-netcraft/