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1st Easy announce "Cloud 2" build-out at TeleData Manchester data centre,
creating unique commercial resilience

Manchester, 20th May 2014 —
1st Easy have announced that work on their second cloud infrastructure build-out has begun, after formally signing contracts to procure additional cabinet space within TeleData's hardened security data centre in Manchester.

Investment within the highly resilient facility which has achieved BS 5979 for on-site security, forms the latest part of 1st Easy's strategy to offer all-embracing commercial resilience to clients — from network, to platform, to data — in what will be a unique proposition among cloud infrastructure providers in the thriving technology hub of Manchester.

When completed shortly, the build-out across two geographically-and-supplier-diverse data centres will offer full disaster recovery and real-time data replication capabilities, demonstrating true independence at every layer of infrastructure — a critical requirement for organisations as increasing amounts of operational assets and application delivery over the Internet are outsourced to cloud environments.

Stephen Bell, co-founder of 1st Easy commented:

"We have been using TeleData for many years now and they have demonstrated overall reliability and a very high degree of security compliance in the design of their data centre operations; both key factors in our decision to use them for our second cloud build-out. As the only true 'cloud capable' data centre in the North West outside of the city centre's critical disaster zone, our decision to expand into the facility was an obvious and easy decision."

Matthew Edgley, Sales Director at TeleData remarked:

"We're delighted to be extending our relationship with 1st Easy. Attracting such reputable cloud hosting providers, particularly those demonstrating the growth and potential of 1st Easy, is key to our own strategy and growth plans. The network availability and resilience on offer within our Manchester data centre makes us a very attractive proposition to this thriving sector and we look forward to long term partnerships with similar dynamic organisations who position themselves at the very forefront of the cloud hosting arena."

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221

About TeleData

TeleData UK Ltd are independent carrier neutral data centre operators based in Manchester. Since 2007, TeleData have been providing data centre, colocation and disaster recovery workspace solutions to enable organisations to protect against the potentially damaging effects of downtime or unavailability. TeleData's specialist data centre and disaster recovery facility, the 70,000sqft Delta House, offers over 300 racks worth of colocation space and workspace recovery for up to 500 seats.

Contact:

Matthew Edgley, Sales Director
enquiries@teledata.co.uk
0333 888 4083


1st Easy Limited host cloud computing and business networking event

Manchester, 28th January 2014 —
1st Easy held their latest cloud computing seminar and business networking event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on Wednesday evening.

Using his talk "From Water Wheels to... Cloud", 1st Easy director Steve Bell explored how the enabling infrastructure that drives industry and business has evolved since the birth of the Industrial Revolution through to modern day.

Parallels were drawn between the early dependence on power provided by on-site generators that were expensive to build and maintain — along with the problems posed by scaling quickly in response to demand — with the challenges faced by businesses today that rely on unrestricted access to computing resources to power their operations.

Cloud computing, and in particular, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) was examined as a strategy that businesses could use to maintain growth and build competitive advantage by reducing costs, improving efficiency and introducing agility.

Following the presentation, a questions and answers session covered a range of topics from a discussion about the security of cloud, through to the consideration of capacity planning for cloud service providers, and the roll out of internet connectivity services to allow businesses to take full advantage of cloud technologies.

Attendees were also able to take advantage of the opportunity for informal networking, and one-to-one demonstrations of cloud data centres in action.

Steve Bell commented: "Events like tonight are a good opportunity for us to try and put the idea behind cloud into a more understandable context. A lot of the time, cloud is presented in purely technical terms, while the movement towards cloud as not only an IT strategy, but as a business strategy is put towards one side. Hopefully we're doing our bit to redress this balance and show the real value of cloud."

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About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


1st Easy Limited announce cloud price breakthrough

Manchester, 17th September 2013 —
1st Easy have announced breakthrough low pricing for its flagship VMware cloud computing service, Cloud Utilities.

The Manchester based VMware Professional Partners offer compute resources via two models: a Reservation arrangement and a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) offering.

The Reservation offering provides customers with a pre-arranged set of resources in return for a predictable monthly fee. Resources procured via this model are available at a rate of 20+VAT/GB RAM/month, and 20p/GB storage/month. Reservation models are well suited to organisations with a stable, predictable resource requirement.

The flexible PAYG tariff offers resources at a rate of 3.47p+VAT/GB RAM/hour, and 0.0347p+VAT/GB storage/hour. The PAYG model is ideal for organisations that need to cope with temporary, cyclical or unpredictable demand profiles in an efficient way, without the need for over provisioning physical hardware.

Use the 1st Easy Cloud Calculator to configure your virtual data centre, and get a feel for the costs involved in migrating strategic elements of your infrastructure to the cloud.

For further information, please contact 1st Easy sales.

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


1st Easy Limited attain VMware Professional Partner status

Manchester, 16th July 2013 —
Following on from their recent VMware vCloud® Powered announcement, 1st Easy have further strengthened their relationship with cloud and virtualisation specialists VMware by achieving Professional Partner status.

The development is the result of continuing investment in VMware training and technlogies, coupled with the ongoing expansion of their enterprise-ready cloud computing platform, Cloud Data Centres™.

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


1st Easy Limited achieves VMware vCloud® Powered status

Manchester, 13th March 2013 —
Manchester and Congleton based cloud computing provider 1st Easy Limited today announced it had achieved VMware vCloud Powered status with its cloud technology partners, VMware.

"This formal strengthening of our relationship with VMware is an important milestone for 1st Easy and our customers" commented Stephen Bell, Managing Director at 1st Easy. He continued: "It signals both the recognition of our great investment in, and commitment to, the leading technologies in virtualisation and cloud computing."

The criteria for joining the VMware vCloud Powered program involves meeting requirements which are designed to give participating service provider customers the confidence that their computing workloads can be moved easily between their existing VMware vSphere-based or private cloud environments, and the VMware vCloud Powered service being offered. The resultant hybrid and public cloud environments are key to delivering the true potential for business agility that enterprise customers need to be more efficient and react to changes in market conditions and demands. Examples of use-cases range from fulfilling short-term workloads such as testing and pilot projects, through to software-defined data centre extension and remote-site disaster recovery and contingency planning.

As a vCloud Powered service provider, 1st Easy are offering 30-day, free test drives of their cloud computing platform Cloud Data Centres™. Test drives give organisations the chance to experience the flexibility and ease of deploying resources on demand within their own secure, resilient VMware powered cloud data centre. Find out more by registering your interest, or contacting 1st Easy sales.

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


1st Easy Limited launches new cloud computing service, Cloud Data Centres™

Congleton, Cheshire, 19th September 2012 —
Manchester and Congleton based cloud computing and web hosting company 1st Easy Limited today announced the launch of Cloud Utilities™, its VMware based cloud computing platform. Designed to provide "all the tools you need to build your cloud", the new service was officially unveiled by Stephen Bell, 1st Easy Managing Director, at a public launch event on Wednesday afternoon.

Present at the launch and speaking in front of an audience of local business representatives and 1st Easy customers, Congleton MP Fiona Bruce was keen to highlight the key role that 1st Easy now plays in the local region:

"I'm thrilled to be here. The launch of Cloud Utilities is exciting for Congleton and for me. This is just the sort of business that this country needs if we are going to solve the economic challenges we face."

Also in attendance was Mayor of Congleton, Councillor Sally Ann Holland, who described the company, now in its thirteenth year of trading, as a "Flagship business for Congleton".

The new Cloud Utilities service is the culmination of well over a year of extensive investment in technology, time and skilled staff, which director Stephen Bell summarised as follows: "Eighteen months ago, 1st Easy laid out its technology road map for the next five years. A key part of this plan was the inclusion of cloud technology."

He continued to explain how his vision of cloud computing would increasingly see a parallel between the way in which businesses consume IT resources via virtual data centres, and the way in which everyday utilities such as gas, electricity and water are commonly accessed:

"In much the same way as you buy gas and electricity, cloud is a simple way of getting the IT resources you need, when you need them, while also more closely aligning your costs with your requirement. With IT on demand, businesses are released from the constraints, costs and delays of traditional IT infrastructures, allowing them to do what they want, when they want. Cloud gives a business the fleet-of-foot it needs to react quickly to new market demands, and explore new opportunities with greatly reduced capital risk. Cloud really is about business agility."

For more information, please visit www.1steasy.com/cloud-data-centre.htm.

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


1st Easy Limited achieves ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certification

Congleton, Cheshire, 7th September 2012 —
Congleton based cloud computing and web hosting company 1st Easy Limited today announced that it has successfully achieved certification in the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard.

This internationally recognised and externally audited Standard examines the processes used within businesses, which are used to control the way in which services are provided to customers, and covers all aspects of their delivery - from order processing, to ongoing customer communications and managing fault resolution.

Stephen Bell, Managing Director at 1st Easy was pleased that the business had received formal recognition in this way:

"Gaining the ISO 9001 Standard is an important landmark for 1st Easy. Our business has always been built on carefully considered and well implemented processes, but official certification of what we're doing here is a real stamp of approval for our customers and staff, who can see that we do things the right way. The rigorous assessment process has been very helpful in documenting and improving what we already had in place, and is a clear signal of our commitment to ongoing improvement."

About 1st Easy Limited

"Let's talk cloud" — Established in 1999 with locations in Manchester and Congleton (UK), 1st Easy Limited provide internet services for businesses and developers, including its flagship VMware cloud computing platform, Linux and Windows dedicated / VMware cloud servers, colocation, web hosting, email filtering and hosted Microsoft applications. 1st Easy are a VMware vCloud Powered ® Service Provider, and ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certified.

Contact:

Stephen Bell, Director
1st Easy Limited
0808 222 2221


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