Redstone, a network services provider, has unveiled a dedicated cloud service for Cambridge as part of its Metro network expansion in the city. The company says the move is part of a wider drive to turn Cambridge into one of the UK’s leading digital hubs.
It claims that the service, called Cambridge Cloud, will offer local businesses the opportunity to reduce IT, data storage, software and telephony costs. A significant element of the service is also the delivery of virtualisation, unified communications and video conferencing.
Larry Dutton head of network development at Redstone said the cloud service will help customers overcome data security concerns typically associated with cloud services because the new service is linked to its existing metropolitan network which already has high levels of security. By the same token, cloud connection is straightforward, further keeping connectivity costs down, he added.
Redstone has gradually been building out its Cambridge Metro Network since the introduction of high-speed Internet connectivity in 2001 and the introduction of a shared co-location data centre in 2003.
Its Cambridge Metro network is a series of rings of optical fibre cable, 28 miles in total, which provide a shared and secure local area network for businesses.
The network is also connected to the national broadband network and also linked to Redstone’s Cambridge data centre, which powers Cambridge Cloud along with its other UK-based data centres.