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Claranet goes cloud flash with HP SSD investment

Claranet has completed an investment in its storage capabilities, a £1 million investment into a new shared storage platform with Solid State arrays from HP.

Claranet has invested over £1 million into a new shared storage platform across three of its data centres and introduced a three-tired storage model. Claranet, typically offer cloud enabled managed hosting and the investment in SSD is an important growth for the company.

Robert Wigger, Vice President Service Provider Business EMEA, HP, said: "Claranet’s investment in this technology is the largest investment in 100% SSD platforms we’ve seen in the UK service provider market and positions them as a leader amongst European Managed Services Providers."

"The explosion of data in recent years, some of it business-critical, some not, has left many businesses at odds as to what to do with it, and where to store it. By investing in SSD technology, coupled with the ability to guarantee performance on a shared platform, Claranet will be able to help its customers deal with the ‘data question’, offering higher levels of performance, improved reliability and lower latency."

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Neil Thomas, Claranet’s Product Director, said: "This latest investment in our data centres will put our storage capabilities at the forefront of the industry, and grant our customers greater flexibility as to how they store and access their data, helping them to achieve low levels of latency for real-time applications."

"Claranet manages petabytes of customer data in its data centres, with a lot of this managed on shared storage platforms. These shared platforms give customers the ability to pay-as-you-go and buy storage as they need it, on an OpEx basis, as a fully managed service."

"Business applications have differing security, availability and performance requirements, and we have seen an increasing demand for high performance storage solutions to underpin modern IT applications. While we’ve offered high performance SSD solutions for many years, we see them becoming the norm, rather than the exception for large parts of the IT estate."

"The ability to guarantee levels of performance, while offering cost effective solutions for data with lower performance requirements, will become critical. Investment such as this ensures that we maintain our position as one of the leading MSPs in Europe and continue to offer our customers premium levels of service".

Both the standard and premium tiers will be delivered from 100% Solid State drive from HP 3PAR arrays, providing a cutting edge platform available on pay-as-you-grow per GB/Month model.
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