Exponential-e, the cloud and network provider, has extended its relationship with EMC to provide access to low cost storage that guarantees data remains within the UK.
Exponential-e has deployed EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage® (ECS) across all of its tier 3 UK-based data centres including the highly secure Ark data centre. As a result, Exponential-e will now deliver low cost data hosting with native Hadoop Distributed File Systems (HDFS) and object-based storage. Every element of the service will run through Exponential-e’s owned core network and data centres to mitigate any data security and privacy concerns. This ensures that data never leaves the network and remains within the UK, maintaining its sovereignty.
“For years, our cloud network has been used to support the safe transportation and harnessing of data,” explained Jonathan Bridges, head of enterprise cloud at Exponential-e. “Now we are addressing the need for customers to ensure the location of their data ahead of the EU’s Data Protection Directive. By using our private cloud network to provide access to data driven services, we can guarantee information remains under the UK’s jurisdiction, taking our offering one step further.”
The choice of EMC’s ECS platform to underpin the solution is an extension of the existing cloud service provider relationship. It will broaden the breadth of collaboration between Exponential-e and EMC and support organisations in digitising high value data so that it can be safely stored, quickly accessed and easily analysed with the appropriate controls in place. To help organisations turn data into richer sources of insight, the service will enable deeper query and support predictive and prescriptive analytics.
“We are seeing a significant growth in the market for commodity based data storage that supports the long term retention of data and its archiving,” commented Sean Horne, Senior Director & CTO UK & Ireland at EMC Corporation.
“Exponential-e’s ability to focus on driving simplicity into operations and processes, and deliver operational excellence to their customers, combined with EMC’s ECS enterprise grade capabilities, will deliver enterprise class object storage. This will ensure predictable network performance, critical to the deployment of services that stretch data centres to the cloud via gateways, physical appliances or software deployed in a Virtual Machine,” added Sean.
Adrian Hobbins, CTO of Exponential-e concluded: “As part of cloud adoption strategies, our customers are constantly looking for ways to achieve the low cost pricing that is typically associated with the public cloud for object based data storage. We are offering a unique combination of price and performance by using our wholly-owned 100 Gig Ethernet core network to allow customers to benefit from low cost storage services and remove the concern of escalating egress charges.”