Claranet has announced that its Virtual Data Centre (VDC), the multi-award winning 'click-and-provision' cloud infrastructure service, has gone live in the Netherlands, creating what the company describes as one of the most geographically diverse Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) networks in Europe.
The launch follows this summer's successful roll-out in France and Germany, and caps a string of successes which has seen Claranet VDC honoured at the TechWorld and Data Centre Awards, as well as shortlisted for the forthcoming Storage, Virtualisation & Cloud Awards (SVC) awards.
The new Netherlands service has been built to the same standards as the UK, French and German services, featuring full integration with Claranet's European MPLS network, a ground-breaking software orchestration layer which makes it compatible with every type of hypervisor, and a portal-based "drag-and-drop" interface. And as with all iterations of Claranet VDC, it is based in a local datacentre which, in this instance, is located near Eindhoven.
"Today's launch is great news for Claranet's Dutch customers, many of whom have been looking forward to their own local version of VDC ever since the UK version launched," said Ruud Joosten, Managing Director of Claranet Benelux. "Several of our customers have been using the UK version of VDC since it launched late last year; now they will be able to migrate to the local service simply by sending it across Claranet's secure MPLS network and re-creating their data, applications and virtual resources locally in minutes.
"Obviously, Dutch businesses want their data to reside in the same country where they have their headquarters, and we have a number of existing customers lined up to migrate over to the new locally-based service. The expanded European footprint will also enable Claranet Group to target a range of bigger, multi-national corporations, since we know of no other providers that can boast a comparable service – with an integrated network, hypervisor agnosticism and in-country data centres – across so many territories in Europe," continued Joosten.
The award-winning service was launched in the UK in late 2011 and enables users to build their own data centre in the cloud and provision it with compute, storage and networking resources with a few clicks of a mouse. The Claranet Virtual Data Centre (VDC) also provides a burst capability for periods of unexpectedly high demand, so users pay only for the assets that they use.
Claranet's Virtual Data Centre was designed following extensive research that the company undertook into customers' concerns about cloud services; this found that data sovereignty, reliability and ease of migration were the key concerns for organisations that had yet to move into the cloud. Having identified these concerns, Claranet designed a service so that data always resides in local jurisdictions, that is integrated with Claranet's network and that it is compatible with multiple hypervisor technologies.