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All Rights ReservedWed, 16 Sep 2015 10:34:04 +00003600Memset Readies OpenStack for Government<div><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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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;<br />&nbsp;</div> <div>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.<br /><br />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;<br /><br />&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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.</div> <div><br />-ends-</div> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:34:04 +0000 Rolls Out Pre-Installed Docker Virtual Machines<p>Memset, an award-winning UK cloud IaaS provider, has today announced the launch of their complementary Docker container service. Addressing the enormous popularity of Docker and the rapid deployment of applications on the open source platform, Memset&rsquo;s virtual machines will now come with the latest Docker version pre-installed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Customers can simply click on Docker as an operating system option in Memset&rsquo;s control panel when spinning up a cloud server. A special Ubuntu LTS image with the registry mirror already configured will be provided, enabling web and mobile developers to create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application.</p> <p>With cloud servers starting at &pound;3.25 per month, this is a cost effective way for developers to spin up and try out a docker server, experiment with running some services as containers, then spin down and only pay for the time their server was live.</p> <p>&ldquo;This one-click install application of Docker provides many of the benefits of PaaS, but delivered on a flexible, scalable infrastructure platform, which is what Memset provides,&rdquo; said Juan Martinez, Memset&rsquo;s Development Manager.</p> <p>Memset is working on further enabling containers to make it easier for users to build and deploy container applications.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:09:14 +0000 brings in Memset as Digital Exemplar to support HMRC<p>Cranleigh, Surrey - 14th July 2015 - In line with the Government&rsquo;s vision to introduce more opportunities and supplier choice <a href="">Memset</a>, a UK-based, SME cloud provider, has revealed it has been signed by Fujitsu to deliver services to HMRC.</p> <p>For Memset, it brings the opportunity to develop and deliver existing and new services into HMRC and wider government departments, through a closer business relationship with Fujitsu's customer. The relationship means Memset will provide infrastructure hosting services to HMRC from its OFFICIAL/IL3 data centre.</p> <p>The partnership also enables HMRC to meet the Government&rsquo;s mandate for using open source technology as Memset&rsquo;s hosting infrastructure is built entirely on open source software.</p> <p>Fujitsu has a long and strong history of <a href="">supporting SMEs</a> throughout the industry, and especially recognises the importance for UK Government of working with an SME, like Memset.</p> <p>Tim Moody, Chief Technical Officer of Fujitsu HMRC, commented: "We are very pleased to be working with Memset. As HMRC rapidly moves to digital, it gives us a number of exciting opportunities and we feel working in partnership with smaller, agile suppliers like Memset helps us bring continuous innovation to HMRC projects, which will in turn drive down costs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Memset has recently secured OFFICIAL over PSN accreditation from the Cabinet Office for a range of services, as well as direct PSN-Protected connectivity &ndash; reasons often cited as to why smaller companies have been unable to engage with HMRC on a level that satisfies central government protocols.</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, said: &ldquo;This partnership is a clear indication that SIs are really starting to change. They are recognising that working with SMEs like Memset is vital for them to be able to deliver best value and innovation, and to continue to secure public sector contracts.&rdquo;</p> <p>-ends-</p> <h2>About Memset</h2> <p>Memset offers a full cloud service portfolio with meaningful, industry leading SLAs. Employing innovative approaches, open source software and massive automation we deliver commodity pricing for enterprise and public sector via the G-Cloud framework. Core hosting services are PGA accredited up to OFFICIAL over PSN Encrypted Overlay and our data centres are UK based, keeping customers' data safe in light of PRISM. Customers include GDS, Cabinet Office, Home Office, University of Westminster, Staffordshire County Council, BBC, Lush Cosmetics, HSBC and more. For more information, please see <a href=""></a>.</p> <h2>About Fujitsu</h2> <p>Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see <a href=""></a>.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:36:07 +0000 Receives Two Computing Vendor Excellence Award Nominations<p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services has received two nominations in the inaugural <a href=""><em>Computing</em> Vendor Excellence Awards</a>.</p> <p>Organised by highly respected industry title, <em>Computing</em>, the annual Computing Vendor Excellence Awards celebrate 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Memset&rsquo;s enterprise cloud storage solution, Memstore has been named as a finalist in the Enterprise Storage Award category.&nbsp; Memstore is an innovative cloud storage solution developed by a small team of developers at Memset. The product punches above its weigh 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.</p> <p>Memset were also delighted to receive a nomination for Cloud Data Centre Provider of the Year, after meeting the judges&rsquo; criteria for data centre providers who can demonstrate robust capability, security that delivers peace of mind, and robust compliance capability for regulated industries.</p> <p>Speaking of the recent nominations, Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to be recognized by Computing in their inaugural Vendor Excellence Awards. The Memset team have all really worked hard in ensuring that our products and services are of exceptional quality and meet the ongoing requirements of our customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>She continued: &ldquo;Adapting our services for the public sector via the G-Cloud project especially enduring the compliance and accreditation process which was hugely grueling for an organization of our size, but it has definitely been worth going the extra mile to provide confidence in the security of our products.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a G-Cloud approved supplier to the UK government, Memset are the only wholly UK-owned grass-roots SME to have successfully achieved the highest security accreditation possible for their hosting platform.&nbsp;As part of the accreditation process Memset constructed their own next generation, high security data centre, complete with IL4-appropriate security controls, highly efficient cutting edge cooling systems and redundant power and networking.&nbsp;</p> <p>The winners will be announced at a fabulous afternoon awards ceremony, to be held at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 10th July 2015.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:41:38 +0000 Shortlisted for Three Awards at the 2015 Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) awards<p>Memset, leading British SME supplier of cloud hosting services has been shortlisted in three categories in the <a href="">ISPA awards</a> - the UK's longest running Internet industry awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in the UK Internet industry.</p> <p>This year Memset is shortlisted in three categories;</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Best Dedicated Hosting</a></li> <li>Best Business Use of Cloud</li> <li><a href="">Security Award</a></li> </ul> <p>The annual awards are the longest established and most respected awards in the internet industry, run by the Internet Services Providers&rsquo; Association (ISPA UK) to herald the best of the Internet industry and to celebrate innovation and best practice. Memset is hoping to win another award this year, giving them a hat trick for their third win at these awards in as many years.</p> <p>As well as under-going technical testing for their dedicated hosting shortlisting, Memset also had to put forward a case study demonstrating how they had gone the extra mile for a business adopting cloud technology for the Best Business Use of Cloud.</p> <p>On top of that a new category has been added to the 2015 awards programme, the <strong>Security Award </strong>will be awarded for the best security product or initiative.&nbsp; Memset are delighted to be shortlisted for this new category, Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset explained: &ldquo;Winning this award and having our <a href="">security credentials</a> independently judged and recognised by the ISPA will give customers added confidence that we go above and beyond to keep their data secure.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a G-Cloud approved supplier to the UK government, Memset are the only wholly UK-owned grass-roots SME to have successfully achieved the highest security accreditation possible for their hosting platform.&nbsp;As part of the accreditation process Memset constructed their own next generation, high security data centre, complete with IL4-appropriate security controls, highly efficient cutting edge cooling systems and redundant power and networking.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nicholas Lansman, ISPAs Secretary General, said: &ldquo;<em>Congratulations to all those shortlisted for the 2015 ISPAs. With <a href="">ISPA</a> celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the long running ISPA Awards continues to reward those who help connect consumers and businesses and underpin our economy and society. These awards are the most rigorous and independent in the sector, with millions of tests carried out and direct input from customers. I look forward to the unveiling of the winners in July</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>The winners will all be unveiled during an event held at the prestigious Brewery in the City of London on Thursday 2nd July 2015.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:33:52 +0000’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