HiberniaEvros makes €1.6m investment in Digital Planet cloud venture

2 Jun 2011

HiberniaEvros Technology Group has launched a new dedicated cloud computing subsidiary under the Digital Planet brand with the aim of making the cloud less complicated for ordinary businesses.

Following a €1.6m investment, Digital Planet is offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), which will allow Irish organisations to reduce the cost of implementing and maintaining server infrastructure.

“Using cloud computing, we are providing server capacity on demand,” commented Brian Larkin, operations director, Digital Planet. “Users have the reassurance that we have been in the business of managing and supporting infrastructure for 20 years. The cloud is no more than a new delivery channel which provides significant advantages in terms of flexibility, scalability and cost.”

He added: “The cloud has been hugely over complicated. Too many vendors have jumped on the bandwagon and are talking about cloud offerings they don’t have. Cloud computing is simply an alternative way of consuming your computing requirements.”

Digital Planet will provide four distinct cloud offerings

Digital Planet’s managed cloud frees companies from the pressures of managing on-premise enterprise IT environments and can include 24/7 support. Its private cloud offers dedicated infrastructure to a selected number of users behind a firewall.

With the Digital Planet public cloud, organisations can access exactly the server capacity they need, when they need it. Servers and storage can be scaled up and down instantly by the customer via a customised dedicated portal billed monthly, based on hourly usage of the selected resources.

The fourth Digital Planet cloud offering is Disaster Recovery or Online Back-Up, which can be provided at significantly lower cost and greater convenience than an in-house engineered solution.

The company recently announced that the new cloud subsidiary would create 50 jobs over the next three years. Digital Planet will shortly announce a number of customers which have already signed up.

HiberniaEvros, which has offices in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Kildare, provides managed services to 800 organisations across the island of Ireland.

Photo: Brian Larkin, operations director, Digital Planet

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