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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Six Degrees makes another public sector move with Ark

Six Degrees logoSome interesting news from Six Degree’s public-sector division, Carrenza this morning. Avid TechMarketViews’ readers will remember that Carrenza was a Little British Battler (LBB) in 2013 (see Little British Battlers: The third wave), before it was acquired by Six Degrees a couple of years ago (see Six Degrees buys Carrenza). Its journey prior to acquisition, as a scalable infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service solution provider, included winning its first government contract in October 2013 (see LBB Carrenza bags GOV.UK hosting contract), becoming the first company to be awarded the UK Government’s OFFICIAL Pan-Government Accreditation for its G-Cloud service, forming partnerships with a range of public cloud providers to service client’s hybrid cloud requirements, and getting to a point where public sector was driving its growth (see Carrenza continuing to innovate).  

Now, within the Six Degrees’ fold, it has announced that it has doubled its public-sector data footprint to four UK-based availability zones, with two new zones, in Corsham and Farnborough, in Government-accredited Ark Data Centres. Six Degrees states it will now be able to hold data at OFFICIAL and above classifications for public sector customers. Carrenza runs workloads in both the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services’ clouds.

One of the most notable aspects of this move is the link with Crown Hosting Data Centres, the joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres, which supplies co-location services to the UK public sector. Six Degrees will offer a multi-cloud solution to the UK public sector on the Crown Campus. Crown Campus builds on the Crown Hosting co-location environment by bringing cloud providers, including UKCloud, Expo-E and Capita, ‘on campus’.

Crown Hosting Data Centres has been growing fast. Its FY results to end June 2017 show turnover increasing from £4.1m to £20.5m. It also turned a loss into a profit, benefitng Ark too. With more providers working with Crown Hosting to offer multi-cloud solutions to organisations with tight data and infrastructure restrictions, that growth is set to continue. Six Degrees has made a smart move expanding its public-sector data footprint with Ark. And the public sector now has more choice. But, it will be competing with UKCloud (amongst others), which, as we highlighted in UKCloud – responding to a changing market, has a far larger footprint in public sector, and has been investing heavily in developing compelling, and differentiated, propositions for its public sector clients and prospects.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '09:58' - Tagged: public+sector   cloud   iaas   hosting   PaaS   hybridcloud  

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