UKFast launches ‘UK’s biggest cloud’

MANCHESTER-based cloud computing group UKFast claims to be launching the UK’s largest private cloud service.

It says it has spent £12m on hardware to support eCloud which will seek to rival “elastic” services offered by Amazon and Rackspace that allow customers to quickly increase and reduce the space they need.

UKFast has installed equipment capable of handling petabytes – 1,000 terabytes – of information at its data centres.

Chief executive Lawrence Jones said: “With eCloud we wanted to create something really special. By combining the very best hardware with the highest level of customer service on an extraordinarily fast network, spread across multiple sites, it finally gives British businesses what they need and has brought a level of technology to Manchester that has never been seen before.”
The company is now working on its fifth data centre in Manchester, No 1 Archway in Hulme, which it acquired in January.