UKCloud Launches Dell EMC Powered Cloud Storage Platform

UKCloud, a cloud hosting provider dedicated to the UK Public Sector, has announced the availability of its Cloud Storage solution, an all-new object storage platform for the UK public sector. Powered by Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), UKCloud’s Cloud Storage platform would provide natively-optimized cloud storage with scalable, resilient and accessible characteristics.

“Easy access to multiple government networks is essential for our UK public sector customers, as are assured security domains for up to official-sensitive workloads,” said Simon Hanford, CEO of UKCloud. “But with no extra charges for writing or extracting data, and with scalable, resilient and accessible storage to meet a wide range of use cases, we also help them ‘do more for less’, safe in the knowledge that their data will always remain in the UK.”

Key benefits of Cloud Storage from UKCloud would include:

  • Scale with reliability – Cloud Storage would be highly resilient against server and disk drive failures and provides exabyte scale
  • S3 API compatibility – Use hundreds of existing Amazon S3–compatible applications via the UKCloud S3-compatible API.
  • Encryption of data at rest using 256-bit AES encryption – allows users to ensure the protection of data
  • Native support for REST interfaces – Would ensure reliable connectivity over DDoS-protected Internet, PSN and other wide area networks (WANs)
  • Wide support for developer languages and frameworks – Would provide “simple, secured” access using almost any language or framework including .NET, Java, C, Flex, PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript with language bindings. New modules for Drupal and content-addressable storage (CAS) developers are also available
  • Extended Metadata – Permits users to retrieve data “easily” and contextually with “industry-leading” metadata search
  • Limitless cloud storage immediately available to service various use cases – Relief from capacity management issues related to LUNS, RAID groups and file systems
  • Compatibility with third-party cloud storage gateway appliances – would allow users to take advantage of the following technologies: Dell EMC CloudArray, Panzura Alto Cloud Controller, Seven10 StorFirst EAS and StorSimple Appliance. Cloud storage gateways can be installed on premise or in the cloud and provide a NAS or SAN presentation of the storage layer.

“In the hands of the truly innovative cloud service providers in our partner ecosystem, such as UKCloud, Elastic Cloud Storage provides unmatched scalability, flexibility and resiliency,” said Jacques Boschung, Senior Vice President for EMEA Alliances from Dell EMC. “ECS also enables UKCloud’s public sector customers to maximise the value of their data, whether working with traditional or next-generation workloads, or both together.”

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