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All Rights ReservedMon, 17 Oct 2016 12:55:31 +00003600Blockchain and Open Source Will Catalyze New Paradigm of Decentralised IT<p align="center"><strong>Blockchain and Open Source Will Catalyze New Paradigm of Decentralised IT</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>London &ndash; 17 October 2016 &ndash; Kate Craig-Wood, award-winning IT entrepreneur and well-known advocator of open source technology has today revealed that she believes blockchain and open source software will be allies in the evolution of IT in her keynote presentation at Oscon London.</p> <p>Alongside keynote speakers including Liam Maxwell (HM Government) and Mark Shuttleworth (Canonical), Kate Craig-Wood&rsquo;s keynote, titled &lsquo;Blockchain &amp; OpenSource: The new world order&rsquo; kicked off the O'Reilly Open Source Convention today.</p> <p>Craig-Wood said: &ldquo;I believe blockchain technology will enable a new, open-source-driven, decentralised paradigm in IT. In my opinion open source has yet to truly have it&rsquo;s day, but that day is upon us and blockchain could be the catalyst.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Open source and blockchain are kindred spirits and natural allies in the fight for liberalism and meritocracy,&rdquo; continued Craig-Wood.</p> <p>Unlike cloud, which has been dominated by proprietary providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google, most leading blockchain technology is open source. This makes sense. As a concept, centralisation is generally conservative / pro-establishment / big-corporate whereas a distributed approach is more libertarian / anarchic / community-driven - just like the open source movement."</p> <p>Drawing parallels between the two, Craig-Wood said: &ldquo;Most blockchains are open source to start with, and just like the open source technology, the blockchain is distributed and relies on peer consensus to agree on validity &amp; verification.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite most people believing that the advent of cloud has spurred on a period of decentralization, it is in fact a very much a centralized period of IT consumption. The Cloud centralisation wave has been different &ndash; it is non-local due to massive connectivity. What comes next though? Craig-Wood believes we&rsquo;ll soon be welcoming &ldquo;A new paradigm of blockchain-driven, massively-distributed IT running on open source software. That has the potential not only to transform IT but also the world of business through cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs).&rdquo;</p> <p>Craig-Wood concluded her presentation urging the audience to recognize the potential of blockchain and to &ldquo;start building dApps.&rdquo;</p> <p>To watch Kate&rsquo;s keynote, please see here:;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:55:31 +0000 Named As Finalist in the Surrey Super Growth Awards<p><strong>Memset Becomes Finalist in the </strong><strong>Surrey Super Growth Awards</strong></p> <p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services, is very proud to have been named as a shortlisted finalist in the 2016 Surrey Super Growth Awards - the ultimate list of high-growth companies in the county.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a definitive listing of the county&rsquo;s best performing companies. With rigorous criteria for companies with more than a &pound;2million turnover and achieving sustained growth over the past three years, Surrey Super Growth Awards founded by Lloyds Bank and RSM is all about celebrating wealth-creating, job-generating success.</p> <p>Surrey is recognized as a powerhouse of the British economy and provides the largest net contribution to the national GDP after London.</p> <p>The Surrey Super Growth team have analyzed the financial information filed at Companies House and have created an index of the 60 fastest-growing businesses across the region.</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: &ldquo;Now in our 14<sup>th</sup> year, Memset has grown steadily and profitably in every year since inception, achieving 77% over the last three. We are delighted to be recognized as one of Surrey&rsquo;s best for this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most recently we made a significant investment in a high-security, high-efficiency data centre facility on Dunsfold Park not only help us achieve our commitment to sustainable environmentally-friendly hosting but put in place the high security requirements to house sensitive government data.&rdquo;</p> <p>David McCulloch, partner at RSM said: &ldquo;Congratulations to Memset for making the list. They have been consistently providing their customers with high quality services and continue to invest within the county making them a worthy finalist of the inaugural Surrey Super Growth Awards.&rdquo;</p> <p>Russell Harvey, mid-markets area director at Lloyds Commercial Banking said: &ldquo;Despite the economic challenges, it is great to see so many Surrey-based companies across all sectors achieving strong profitable growth.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:22:30 +0000 Wins Best Dedicated Hosting Award For 2nd Consecutive Year at the ISPAs<p dir="ltr"><strong>Memset Wins Best Dedicated Hosting Award For 2nd Consecutive Year at the ISPAs</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Surrey, United Kingdom - 8 July 2016 - British provider of cloud &amp; dedicated hosting solutions, Memset is delighted to announce they won the Best Dedicated Hosting award for the second year running at the 2016 ISPA Awards held in London last night.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>This award is one of the most prestigious industry awards to win as the judges take it very seriously and examine the service based on a number of criteria including: pricing and value for money, account management &amp; hours of support, variety of services on offer, guaranteed uptime and server redundancy, patch management and value added services. <br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>On top of that, all dedicated hosting entrants underwent independent detailed technical testing of their systems over a period of several months, having download speed and availability measurements taken.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Kate Craig-Wood, Managing Director of Memset, said: "Winning the 2016 ISPA 'Best Dedicated Hosting' award for a second year running is wonderful, and a testament to my staff's commitment and hard work. We have all worked hard towards, and invested heavily in, our goal of being Britain's best high-security hosting provider. This accolade is therefore hugely important to us.&rdquo;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to be a British-based business and thank the ISPAs for all their hard work in helping to promote the UK&rsquo;s leading internet suppliers. We were particularly pleased to be recognised for some of our technical and environmental efforts which are all too often overlooked.&rdquo;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>ISPA was established in 1995 and currently has 200 members, and is the voice of the UK internet industry to Government, parliament, regulators and the media.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>ISPA Secretary General Nick Lansman said: &ldquo;Memset&rsquo;s response times, technical support options and resilience impressed the judges, as did having IPv6 as standard and their commitment to being carbon neutral, is why Memset scooped this award for the 2nd year running.&rdquo;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The award adds to a recent run of recognition for Memset, with the cloud hosting provider also winning a Highly Commended Award for Networking Infrastructure at the Computing Vendor Excellence Awards 2016 and a finalist in the 2016 Surrey Super Growth Awards.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>To view the full 2016 ISPAs winners' list, </span><a href=""><span>click here</span></a><span>.</span></p> <div><span><br /></span></div> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:36:29 +0000’s Protocol Break Bridge Highly Commended At Computing Vendor Excellence Awards 2016<p><a href="">Memset</a>, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services scooped the Highly Commended Award for Networking Infrastructure at the Computing Vendor Excellence Awards 2016 last week for their Protocol Break Bridge solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Memset&rsquo;s Official-to-Official Protocol Break Bridge (PBB) is designed specifically for government customers to provide a simple, high performance and easily configurable method of securely passing complex traffic between Internet and PSN-connected hosted infrastructure.</p> <p>The annual Computing Vendor Excellence Awards celebrates the achievements of the technology vendors and service providers who are leading the field of enterprise IT with innovative products, services and solutions that underpin and drive success in both business and public sector organisations.</p> <p>Undertaking a grueling judging session by top IT industry CIOs and Computing&rsquo;s own technology experts, Memset&rsquo;s Protocol Break Bridge exceeded all the judging criteria for the Networking Infrastructure Award which included innovation, robust capability and cloud interoperability required to empower the network of the future.</p> <p>Speaking about winning the highly commended award, Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, said: &ldquo;Our Protocol Break Bridge is a unique service that provides an accredited solution to a very common problem. To enable eGovernment you often need to provide&nbsp;limited Internet-based access to a highly-protected backend data store inside the PSN domain, such as when you submit your tax return online. The PBB enables that interconnection in a secure manner. It also allows our customers to save money by shifting less sensitive workloads out of the more expensive PSN domain.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The product is already being used by large SIs and central government departments and it&rsquo;s exciting to have it officially recognized as a networking innovation of the future,&rsquo; concluded Craig-Wood.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:56:06 +0000 Shortlisted For Best-Dedicated Web Host At the Annual ISPA Awards 2016<div class="image"> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> </div> <p><strong>Memset Shortlisted For Best-Dedicated Web Host At the Annual ISPA Awards 2016</strong></p> <p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services has been shortlisted for the Best Dedicated Hosting Award at the Internet Services Providers&rsquo; Association (ISPA UK) 2016 annual awards - the longest running and most prestigious Internet industry awards in the UK.</p> <p>Fifty companies have made the shortlist across fifteen categories and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on 7 July.</p> <p>The ISPA Awards recognise ISPs of all shapes and sizes and the shortlist highlights the true breadth of the industry, plus the services that keep the UK at the leading edge of the digital economy.</p> <p>Memset is hoping to win the Best Dedicated Hosting Award for two years running. Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset explained: <em>&ldquo;We are honoured to make the shortlist again this year. Winning this award will be a testament to Memset&rsquo;s team and our commitment to continuing to deliver a hosting platform that combines premium high security infrastructure with exceptional user experience.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>ISPA Secretary General Nick Lansman said: <em>&ldquo;The companies shortlisted at this year&rsquo;s ISPAs play a vital role in connecting the UK and this year has an incredible range of companies nominated. We are proud to say that this is the 18th ISPAs and I look forward to finding out the winners at the gala black tie ceremony on 7 July.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Over two million tests were carried out by thinkbroadband and Malden Electronics to identify the shortlists for the broadband, hosting and VoIP categories and this testing, as well as the <a href="">expert judging panel</a>, keeps the ISPAs truly independent.</p> <p>-ends-</p>Thu, 05 May 2016 12:28:49 +0000 Uses Memset Cloud To Reduce Patient Waiting Time<p><strong>London, United Kingdom &ndash; 8th April&nbsp;2016 </strong>- <a href="">referapatient&reg;</a>, a database application designed and implemented by Bloomsbury Health Ltd was invented to solve the problem of doctors receiving rushed or confused information when given an urgent referral to deal with. To date, it is used in more than 80 NHS hospitals by doctors of all grades.</p> <p>With the number of urgent referrals steadily increasing, and a few scribbled notes between a referring doctor and specialist no longer sufficient to provide the level of service patients expect, referapatient&reg; ensures that all referrals and responses to specialists are securely documented via a single platform ensuring clear communication between doctors.&nbsp;</p> <p>Innovative applications like these are also highly welcomed by the NHS given their target to ensure every citizen can access their own health records electronically by 2020.</p> <p>"Doctors need up-to-date information from relevant professionals, no matter where in the country they are,&rdquo; said client advisor, Mr Sam Bedford, &ldquo;That even means on occasions from ambulances on route to A&amp;E departments, so the infrastructure housing our application needs to not only be highly secure but available at any time.&rdquo;</p> <p>The application was initially set up and trialled with Amazon Web Services, however, &ldquo;Exponential interest and support from innovative NHS organisations spurred drive and ambition towards superior UK-based infrastructure provision,&rdquo; explained Bedford.</p> <p>Bloomsbury Health have partnered with UK SME cloud hosting provider <a href="">Memset</a>, to provide the cloud infrastructure for referapatient&reg; having demonstrated a shared vision of an advanced NHS that uses superior technology to deliver critical resources in emergency care,&nbsp;<span>that strictly adheres with compliance and security requirements.</span></p> <p>Patients&rsquo; whose medical records and patient flow have been entered and tracked through the referapatient&reg; application are receiving specialist advice much quicker than the traditional paper-based referral model.</p> <p>Bedford concluded, &ldquo;The potential to improve patient care so significantly is what we set out to achieve, and partnering with Memset was pivotal in providing the crucial balance between security and accessibility to make referapatient&reg; a successful endeavour in the hands of healthcare professionals with limited resources.&rdquo;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Bloomsbury Health</strong></p> <p>Bloomsbury Health was courageously founded by NHS professionals in the current stagnating financial recession. A lack of resources has forced ingenuity. Our team of Doctors, Nurses, Web Developers, Network Specialists, Data Security and Data Protection experts (some from FTSE and NASDAQ listed companies) implement proprietary Agile Development models to maintain an unbeatable Value for Money. We excel in solving big clinical problems; our incubator creates symbiotic relationships between big challenges and highly skilled people.</p> <p>For more information please see:&nbsp;</p>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:11:40 +0000 Gives Rallying Cry For An Open Standards-Based Ecosystem To Secure G-Cloud's Future<p>London - 23rd&nbsp;March 2016 &ndash; Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, SME supplier of cloud infrastructure to the government, today&nbsp;called for renewed efforts to form a community around open standards when speaking at Think Cloud for Digital Government in London.</p> <p>When asked whether the arrival of large US companies presented a threat, she said, "Amazon Web Services is presently overwhelmingly dominant in private sector IaaS. This is because they cleverly created an ecosystem of companies who build and innovate on their platform. They then duplicate or acquire those innovations. Google can be viewed similarly in SaaS and PaaS, and is playing catch-up fast in IaaS."</p> <p>"The only way to stand against them - whether in the private or public sector - is by customers and suppliers all collaborating through open standards and open source software. Even the unlikeliest of open source adopters, Microsoft, has seen this. It isn't just in suppliers' interests. Once their competition is eliminated AWS, Google, et al will inevitably exploit vendor lock-in at the customers' expense. If we do not come together as a community then government will be having to go through this all again in a decade trying to break apart a new oligopoly."</p> <p>To date, most G-Cloud sales have gone through just 30 suppliers, and the majority of infrastructure spend has been on proprietary systems. Craig-Wood said, "Despite the 'open standards' mandate, that spend is understandable since most existing applications run on proprietary stacks like VMware/EMC, and thus are easier to 'lift and shift' into a similar cloud. However, I do not see how business models like VMware's can survive the IaaS war. OpenStack's adoption and maturity grows by the day. It will become increasingly hard to justify defying the mandate."</p> <p>Whilst many would argue that the Cabinet Office have already established a community of suppliers and buyers through the G-Cloud initiative, Craig-Wood argues this is simply not the case. &ldquo;G-Cloud was originally envisioned as a diverse ecosystem based on common standards, glued together by a central marketplace, bringing about a new paradigm of better, lower-cost, higher-security public sector ICT services with transparency and no vendor lock-in. That commoditisation of services will will also cause increased consumption thanks to Jevon's Paradox - everyone wins! We are not there yet. Right now we are fragmented, with little transparency and divisive mentalities on both government and supply side.&rdquo;</p> <p>Craig-Wood continued, &ldquo;There have been blockers, but we now have the common foundations upon which to build that ecosystem; the simplified, functional PSN and sensible new security standards. I'm not advocating protectionism nor saying we shouldn't compete with each other - that is at the heart of Britain's free trade spirit and inspires innovation - I'm just saying that we should keep in mind how to usher in the new paradigm: With open standards, open source, and together!&rdquo;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:42:15 +0000 Offers Official Services From Second Data Centre<p><strong>- Memset&rsquo;s 2nd&nbsp;site addresses high demand in government IaaS hosting requirements -</strong></p> <p><a href="">Memset</a>&nbsp;leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services to the UK public sector have today announced that customers may now use a second UK high-security facility today to address the high demand in government IaaS hosting requirements.</p> <p>The 2nd&nbsp;site, based in a next generation Data Centre facility in Reading, provides an additional 60,000 square feet of inventory located in the heart of the Thames Valley to support Memset&rsquo;s provision of cloud services to the UK government, including services procured via the Digital Marketplace, to which Memset is an approved SME supplier. Phase 1 of the build-out has been successfully finished, which has included the installation of 750 cabinets supported by N+1 cooling, redundant UPS systems and N+1 generators.</p> <p>Memset&rsquo;s services, now also served from the second site, are subject to rigorous ITHCs and penetration tests.&nbsp; The site itself provides good industry practice physical security controls and ISO27001 accreditation held to be appropriate for the hosting of OFFICIAL classified data.&nbsp; Memset&rsquo;s government customers will now be permitted to select the Reading site to provide geographically redundant suitably high security hosting for handling government data, satisfying a requirement for use of cloud services by a number of government departments.</p> <p>Cross-site VLAN capabilities between the Reading site and Memset&rsquo;s high security Dunsfold site will not only provide customers with dual-site capabilities, but increased resilience, disaster recovery and performance.</p> <p>As well as security, the Reading site also provide additional green credentials.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Reading site is designed for ultra-efficiency, leveraging air-side economisers and a hot air containment system that enables the outside climate to cool the data centre for the majority of the year and drawing on local renewable energy supplies to power the facility.</p> <p>Ed Butler, Managing Director from Everest whose team has worked with Memset to define the facility&rsquo;s security controls and processes said: &ldquo;We are delighted to bring our technology to the UK Government&rsquo;s G-Cloud initiative and help support Memset address the increasing demand for IaaS requirements.&rdquo;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:07:43 +0000 Readies OpenStack for Government<p><a href="">Memset</a>, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services to the UK public sector has today revealed they&nbsp;are putting the finishing touches on their OpenStack for Government hosting solution that will be available through G-Cloud 7.</p> <p>With the government&rsquo;s policy that open standards must be considered when specifying technology requirements, Memset expects an unprecedented&nbsp;demand from government customers and partners who are looking for open source hosting for their applications and data.</p> <p>The solution that is currently being tested for deployment with a number of central government departments, will be available both via Internet and PSN, making Memset one of the first IaaS providers with both accredited versions of its OpenStack for&nbsp;Government solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government customers purchasing OpenStack for Government services from Memset will be located on a set of physical and virtual networking and host&nbsp;resources dedicated to government customers, essentially a Government Community Cloud model.</p> <p>Nick Craig-Wood, Memset&rsquo;s technical director said: &ldquo;In line with the government&rsquo;s digital strategy and the adoption of open source applications and&nbsp;standards, we&rsquo;re delighted to offer our OpenStack solution designed specifically for government customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The platform is ideal for agile development environments and rapidly scaling infrastructure. With OpenStack's standard APIs and an easy to use web&nbsp;interface, customers will find it easier than ever to provision and manage cloud computing resources,&rdquo; continued Craig-Wood.</p> <p>Developed in-conjunction with a central government department requiring very strong security requirements, Memset has developed a number of systems&nbsp;for securing APIs and guest OSes and has taken what have learnt to tailor the OpenStack modules and security architecture.</p> <p>Memset is proud to offer this true on-demand computing resource, billed by the&nbsp;hour and supported by Memset&rsquo;s industry-leading SLAs and UK-based, BPSS and SC cleared support teams.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:34:04 +0000 Shortlisted for Two UK IT Industry Awards<p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services to the UK public sector &amp; private sector have today announced they have been shortlisted for two categories in the UK IT Industry Awards 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nominated for &ldquo;Small Supplier or VAR of the Year&rdquo;, Memset have been consistently shortlisted for this award since 2008, winning the title in 2011 and highly commended in 2012 &amp; 2014.&nbsp; Hoping to scoop the title this year, Memset believes that their ongoing commitment to security and innovative use of technology and open standards, transparent pricing and commitment to sustainability, will make them a stand out this year against tough competition.</p> <p>Memset have also been shortlisted for &ldquo;Cloud Provider of the Year&rdquo;.&nbsp; Achieving the highest levels of security accreditation for their hosting infrastructure and deploying the UK&rsquo;s first PSN-connected Openstack cloud solution, Memset hopes this together with 24x7x365 UK-based supported and industry-leading SLAs will be enough to clinch this highly coveted award.</p> <p>The UK IT Industry Awards 2015 benchmark outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry and 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.</p> <p>Nick Craig-Wood, Memset Technical Director commented on the nominations: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to recognized in these prestigious awards for another year. We strive exceptionally hard to deliver high quality services to UK businesses and designing innovative solutions remains at the forefront of our evolution.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full shortlist announcement can be seen on the <a href="">UK IT Industry Awards website</a>. Winners are then announced at a Prestigious Awards Dinner and Ceremony on 18th November 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>- ends -</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:27:46 +0000