Private Cloud gaining in popularity as hacking attacks increase says Node4
Google has reported yet another attack on its customer’s email systems as the spotlight falls on China as the guilty party. According to leading IT research and analyst firm, Gartner, online sabotages will become multi-modal and very damaging and it expects a G20 nation’s critical infrastructure will be disrupted and damaged by 2015. Additionally it is also predicting that by the end of 2013 it expects to see a new crop of delivery mechanisms for attacks targeting hybrid cloud environments where virtualised data centres link to public cloud environments such as those offered by Google and Amazon.
Andrew Gilbert, managing director and founder of Node4, a leading hosted IT solutions company is one of the UK’s strongest advocates of the Private Cloud which delivers higher security to organisations implementing this technology. Andrew said,
“We are seeing increasing reports of cyber attacks at all levels, from rogue governments to the bedroom hacker, and it is critical that organisations looking to implement cloud computing take the best steps possible to ensure their systems are protected. The private cloud has addressed many of the concerns over security associated with cloud computing in the past and we are finding customers increasingly interested in this strategy, particularly with the current backdrop of disruptive attacks. This trend complements Forrester’s prediction that the market for private cloud solutions will grow from £4.79 billion in 2011 to £9.76 billion in 2020.”
Private Cloud is a form of cloud computing where service access is limited or where customers are granted the ability to execute some control or ownership of the service implementation. Concerns with security have caused many enterprises to reconsider their choice not to convert from costly, on premise IT infrastructures. However there are now many options that address security risks and experts predict its adoption will continue to grow.
Node4 is becoming a dominant force in Britain’s data centre market. With plans already underway to build its fifth data centre, the business is transforming the way that companies manage data across all sectors. Andrew Gilbert, Managing Director of Node4, believes that interests of companies are best served through access to a number of regional data centres, as the average customer will choose a data centre within a 30 kilometre radius of their base. The execution of Andrew’s strategy as the UK’s largest ‘data centres on the door step’ supplier, has secured him the crown of Britain’s largest independent provider of data centres. His strategic selection of sites situated close to the UK’s large conurbations such as Northampton, Derby and Wakefield has enabled Node4 to become a powerful draw for businesses wanting proximity to be a key priority as they look to outsource their data.
Andrew’s decision to invest in multiple sites across the UK is contrary to that of many of Node4’s competitors which have tended to invest in fewer, larger sites. It stems from his mission to build a robust infrastructure across geographies in order to minimize the risks associated with outages as he believes that part of countering the problems associated with outages is to outsource multiple cloud providers, by which means companies may be able to switch suppliers or spread the risk.
Node4 is a specialist in data centre and communications solutions. Launched in 2004, the company has grown rapidly in the past seven years through its comprehensive service offering and the growth in demand for hosted IT from businesses all over the UK. Its competencies include colocation, managed hosting through dedicated servers and virtualised environments, connectivity, SIP trunking and hosted telephony. It has four state-of-the-art data centre facilities, two located in Derby and one in Wakefield and one in Northampton, which offer the latest in security technology, ensuring that even the most mission-critical applications are hosted securely and protected. The company aims to be one of the UK’s major forces for colocation services in the UK and to this end, provides the highest levels of performance and system availability to its customers throughout the UK. Node4 ranked 45th position in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and won 1st place for fastest growing Midlands Technology Company in the Deloitte Fast50 and 22nd in the UK. The company also featured highly in 139th position of the Deloitte Fast 500 recognising fastest-growing technology companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Node4 is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Cisco Premier Certified Partner and also won the prestigious Cisco Innovation Award of the Year for the UK and Ireland.
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