Pasporte, the UK provider of managed ICT outsourcing to the mid-market, today launches its fourth UK data centre following a 50% increase in hosted network and application services contracts this year. Pasporte, which also provides services to IBM and Orange Business Services’ mid-market customers, says this increase comes in response to its continued business success and a growing demand for outsourced ICT services.
Steve Bedford, CTO of Pasporte, explains; “2009 has seen a shift in attitudes toward hosted and cloud-based services. The recession has encouraged organisations to adopt OPEX-based ICT strategies, and those that would have normally dismissed hosted services have discovered that the reality and experience is far superior.
“With longer-term issues such as space, power and regulatory pressures on the horizon, these same businesses now regard hosted services as a more flexible method of procuring and using ICT to overcome these challenges.
“The ability to offset the complexity and capital cost of managing and upgrading network or operational IT services via a trusted third-party, for example, and tick the compliance box in doing so, is extremely compelling for many businesses.”
Located outside of the M25, Pasporte’s latest data centre will also be the company’s primary facility and is built to the highest specification featuring N+1 resilience and multi-operator connectivity. Additionally, the site will be used to bolster existing services such as disaster recovery, replication and 24/7/365 monitoring and management.
Andrew McFadzen, UK and Ireland Country Manager at Orange Business Services, said:
“The ubiquity of high-speed networks and advances in optimisation technologies means dedicated hosted services are often the better option for assured connectivity at a manageable cost. This is especially important for businesses that are converging fixed and mobile applications, and want a consistently high quality of service.”
McFadzen adds; “Pasporte has spent over ten years fine-tuning its portfolio, and offers the most mature and innovative fixed and mobile services and applications in the UK market. As our longest serving partner, we have confidence that they can successfully deliver our customer’s business critical infrastructure.”