Memset, Dedicated Hosting Press Releases from Memseten-usCopyright (C) 2010-2015 Memset Ltd. All Rights ReservedMon, 19 Oct 2015 07:07:43 +00003600Memset 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<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 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 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 Wins Computing’s Enterprise Storage Award<p>Memset, award-winning SME provider of hosting services to enterprise and UK public sector via the G-Cloud framework, have today announced that their cloud storage product, Memstore has won Computing&rsquo;s Enterprise Cloud Storage Award at an award ceremony held last Friday 10<sup>th</sup> July 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>Computing&rsquo;s inaugural Vendor Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of 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>The awards recognise vendors who help their customers deliver competitive advantage, automate business processes, save on costs and protect their organisation and achieve compliance.</p> <p>Memstore, Memset&rsquo;s cloud storage solution 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.</p> <p>This innovative cloud storage solution, developed by a small team of developers at Memset 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.</p> <p>Memstore also achieved OFFICIAL/IL2 accreditation by CESG, demonstrating that our innovative solution is compatible with secure government IT data and is currently available via the Digital Marketplace.</p> <p>Speaking on the award, MD Kate Craig-Wood said: &ldquo;We are very proud that Memstore has been recognised by Computing magazine as a solution that can compete shoulder-to-shoulder with similar products from US heavyweights, but comes with the additional advantage of enabling British customers to keep their data in Britain.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;An impressive SME offering in a space crowded by big players. A great product and offer, with an excellent approach to challenging vendor lock-in,&rdquo; said Peter Gothard, Judging Panel Chair, Computing Vendor Excellence Awards.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:12:57 +0000 Named UK’s Best Dedicated Hosting Provider at ISPA Awards<p>Award-winning provider of hosting services to enterprise and public sector via the G-Cloud framework, Memset have today announced they were crowned &lsquo;Best Dedicated Hosting Provider 2015&rsquo; at the 17th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards, the ISPAs last week.</p> <p>The ISPA awards are the UK's longest running Internet industry awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in the UK Internet industry.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Dedicated Hosting&rsquo; Award is one of the most prestigious awards to win, as the winner is determined by months of independent testing carried out by ISPA partner Thinkbroadband.&nbsp;</p> <p>The technical testing which was performed in the spring 2015 required entrants to host a binary file on a dedicated server for a period of 6-8 weeks. &nbsp;The tester&nbsp;periodically downloads the hosted binary test file in order to measure performance of the service, in particular download speed and availability.</p> <p>Memset were also required to complete value-added forms to support the testing results outlining available support levels, value for money, guaranteed uptime, security credentials and more.</p> <p>On winning the award, the judges said: &ldquo;We were impressed at how Memset offer hassle free, high quality hosting, with a strong UK base and sustainability at its core.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kate Craig-Wood, Managing Director of Memset said: &ldquo;Winning Best Dedicated Hosting Provider is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work of the entire Memset team, especially our Ops team who continue to work tirelessly to ensure uptime for our customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In fact, since we&rsquo;ve moved to our Dunsfold site in 2014, we&rsquo;ve had 100% uptime, as confirmed by <a href=",14,21,23,25,28,29,30,31,32&amp;sd=1370044803&amp;range=2591999&amp;sample=8&amp;;utm_content=buffer6d71b&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer">Netcraft</a>. Having our approach and efforts recognised is fantastic,&rdquo; concluded Craig-Wood.</p> <p>-ends-</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignleft" src="" alt="" /></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:47:13 +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