Digiweb unveils new utility cloud computing service

13 Oct 2010

Broadband and telecoms provider Digiweb has launched a new utility cloud-computing platform that allows IT managers and company owners to self-provision servers and hosting services via any device with a web browser.

As demonstrated to Siliconrepublic yesterday at the TIF conference in Dublin, an IT manager with an iPad can self-provision reliable and robust cloud servers in seconds. The solution has the added ability to upload “own user” templates and supports fully automated provisioning, delivering maximum flexibility.

Digiweb’s Fintan Lawler explained that a unique billing approach is at the heart of the platform – all resources are only billed for the hours used, allowing for huge savings with no contracts, minimum usage or ongoing charges. IT capacity may be increased or decreased at a moment’s notice, allowing IT managers to efficiently scale for short or variable demands.

The new cloud-computing platform is part of Digiweb’s ongoing investment in Irish-located infrastructure, and this launch is the first phase of a €2m investment programme in its data centre expansion.

Reduced barriers to entry

The Digiweb Utility Cloud Platform eliminates complexity with a single sign in, and has an easy to use web panel interface and integration API. A key focus has been on the simplicity of use for the busy IT professional. Additionally, the solution has been engineered for reliability with enterprise class server and storage hardware from Dell and Cisco.

The solution breaks down the cost-associated barriers to cloud-computing adoption amongst Irish organisations and will revolutionise how the technology is used in the future.

“With the Digiweb Utility Cloud, Irish business can finally draw on IT resources in a true utility fashion,” said Colm Piercy, CEO, Digiweb.

“There’s no upfront fee and no minimum commitment, just hourly rates for the IT resources used.”

Digiweb, he said, has developed its platform after listening to customer feedback about what they really wanted for their IT needs.

“With financial resources limited in IT departments, this solution allows companies to essentially grow as they go and scale up and down with real-time demand.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years