Second cloud build-out coming soon, providing unique commercial resilience in Manchester

The power of two… We’ve recently announced that work has begun on our second cloud build-out, across the city at our second data centre location, TeleData Manchester.

That geographic separation is important, as it will mean that we’ll be able to offer even greater reliability to our cloud customers, who will benefit from what is best described as “commercial” resilience.

In what we believe to be a unique among cloud infrastructure providers in the North West, customers will be able to take advantage of a doubling up (often referred to as “redundancy”) at each layer of our infrastructure — both in physical terms, and supplier terms: diversity right across our offering.

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Cloud. We’re not just a provider, we’re a user too.

Maybe that’s one of the weightiest endorsements we can give to cloud computing. We don’t just “sell” it — we use it. Cloud has become an integral part of our business, not just because it’s our core service, but because it now underpins our own IT strategy.

So, what better way to illustrate a real world example of how cloud changes a business, than to take a candid look at how it has impacted on the fortunes of 1st Easy — the company I co-founded almost 15 years ago?

Let’s begin by looking at how our hosting operation looked a few years ago.

Back in 2010, our data centre was approaching full capacity: we had cabinet, after cabinet, after cabinet, full of servers to support our shared and dedicated hosting services.

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VMware User Group Northwest event round up

It was a pleasure to be a part of the latest VMware User Group (VMUG) meet up in Manchester last week. Northwest UK Group Leader Nathan Byrne presided over a packed timetable of training and talks that culminated in the vBeers social evening at Tiger Tiger.

During his presentation, 1st Easy director Steve Bell recounted a history of computing from his “card-punching” days working with the IBM mainframes of the late ’70s, through to opportune meetings with the founders of Netscape and Google investors, right up to the cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service arrangements that he’s involved with today.

Steve Bell chats with VMUG members after his presentation

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Cloud Data Centre (cDC) case study: Knowledge Powered Solutions

A dependable, flexible platform — without the capital investment and management overhead. A cloud provider that would do more than simply hand over the keys. These were among the main considerations for Knowledge Powered Solutions as they looked at their options for delivering their knowledge management software.

Find out how our teams worked together in our latest cloud data centre case study; with thanks to the team at KPS for their time and feedback in producing the study, which is much appreciated!

VMware User Group event, 26th March: cloud, VMware, super cars…

We’re taking our cloud seminar on the road again — this time we’re very much looking forward to being part of the line up at VMUG Northwest which takes place on Wednesday 26th March at the Crowne Plaza Manchester. And yes, we did mention super cars!

In his talk “From waterwheels to cloud” 1st Easy co-founder and managing director Steve Bell will be revealing the link between water-powered industries of days gone by, and the modern day, technology-driven enterprise. And there will be plenty of time for questions and answers as we break out to Tiger Tiger in Manchester city centre, for the 1st Easy-sponsored vBeers evening.

Win an Audi R8 and Impreza STi driving experience

Win an Audi R8 and Impreza STi driving experience

As part of the afternoon, we’ll also be holding a free prize draw for attendees to win a Drive Me experience at Stafford. The winner (picked on the day) will get the chance to drive a 187mph Audi R8 and World Rally Championship winning Subaru Impreza STi.

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Our cloud computing evening at MOSI – a quick review

In the city where the Industrial Revolution began, at a venue devoted to exploring innovation, science and technology, 1st Easy director Steve Bell took us on a tour from the earliest days of industrialised output to the modern world where computing power is available on tap.

In the latest of our cloud computing seminar and business networking events, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester played (a fantastic!) host to Steve’s intriguingly titled talk “From water wheel to… cloud?” during which he explored the role of cloud in the modern business.

Cloud computing services event

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1st Easy cloud event: From water wheel to… cloud?

What’s a water wheel got to do with cloud? You might well ask — just how do we get from the historic cast iron water wheel outside our leafy Cheshire HQ all the way to cloud computing?

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

When: Wednesday 22nd January, 6pm

Come along to our talk (everyone is invited!) where 1st Easy co-founder and director Steve Bell will be revealing exactly what the link is. We’ll also be talking about how cloud can help modern businesses to reach their true potential, offering one-to-one demonstrations of cloud data centres, while you’ll also be able to network with other businesses over evening drinks and nibbles.

"We needed flexible options, and to have the ability to tailor our infrastructure to our specific requirements" — Cloud case study.

Now that, sounds like a job for cloud. Find out how we worked with Triangle Software to provide them with a cloud data centre that would meet their requirements of a flexible and reliable IT resource, backed with technical support from a team they could rely on.

And of course, thank you very much to the team at Triangle for taking the time to help us put the case study together.

Hybrid cloud computing — the future of IT?

There’s been quite a bit of industry talk recently about the increasing adoption of cloud computing, with particular attention directed at the way in which organisations are making their move into cloud. Importantly, the talk is backed up with numbers.

One trend that has been identified and picked up by a number of commentators is the move towards a hybrid cloud model — a strategic split between on the one hand, hosting data and applications in a private (usually on-premise) environment, and on the other, procuring public cloud resources to look after other compute workloads.

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Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #3

Busy getting up to speed with vCloud Director? Need a few pointers to help you on the way? Here’s another selection of tips for you, which should hopefully come in handy once you’re up and running with your Cloud Utilities Virtual Data Centre (VDC).

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