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Memset 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.

The 2nd 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’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.

Memset’s services, now also served from the second site, are subject to rigorous ITHCs and penetration tests.  The site itself provides good industry practice physical security controls and ISO27001 accreditation held to be appropriate for the hosting of OFFICIAL classified data.  Memset’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.

Cross-site VLAN capabilities between the Reading site and Memset’s high-security Dunsfold site will not only provide customers with dual-site capabilities but increased resilience, disaster recovery and performance.

As well as security, the Reading site also provides additional green credentials.   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.

Ed Butler, Managing Director from Everest whose team has worked with Memset to define the facility’s security controls and processes said: “We are delighted to bring our technology to the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative and help support Memset address the increasing demand for IaaS requirements.”