UK Web Host Manx Telecom Launches Cloud Hosting Service with Free Bandwidth

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Isle of Man-based web hosting company Manx Telecom announced this week it has launched Intelligent Cloud, its new VMWare-backed cloud hosting platform with free bandwidth.

The cloud hosting service is appealing to those businesses looking to control IT costs as it allows them to purchase hosting in the same way as they would buy power from a utility company.

The European cloud computing market continues to be well behind the North American market. A recent Gartner report titled “Regional Differences in the Move Toward the Cloud, 2012” pointed out that the European cloud computing market is at just a third of the size of the North American market.

There are two models customers can choose from, both with 512Kbps of free Internet bandwidth. The flexible Pay-As-You-Go solution has a minimum contract term of one month, while the Reserved service includes guaranteed modular options available on 1, 2 or 3 year contract terms.

Using Intelligent Cloud, Manx Telecom customers can choose to host all of their IT needs in a secure environment and therefore removing the need to own and manage in-house networks and servers.

Meanwhile, larger businesses that are looking to use existing in-house networks and servers can provide extra capacity as they need, therefore removing the need for further capital investment in additional IT hardware.

At last week’s World Hosting Days 2012, Graham Crich of VMware discussed the opportunities in the cloud hosting market for VMware partners.

Intelligent Cloud includes 24-hour technical support, 100 percent dedicated hardware, scalability, VMware trained technicians and many other cost benefits, and full disaster recovery and back-up solutions.

“We have made a huge investment in the Island’s telecoms infrastructure, spent £15million on the Island’s only purpose built data centre, and now we are investing in the best cloud solution available,” said Stuart Paul, Manx Telecom data center’s director. “With Intelligent Cloud we can provide a cost-effective and efficient solution for all of our customers’ IT and telecoms needs. And our customers have the reassurance of knowing that at the heart of this new product is our Douglas North data center which has the very highest standards of resilience and security which is vital for all cloud solutions.”

Talk Back: Are you currently offering a cloud hosting service with free bandwidth? Do you see a value in providing this for your customers? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Daniel

    No visable pricing though. I carnt stand company's that hide behind a "Contact Us", It's usually because they are overpriced.