Feeds

Virgin Media goes cloudy for biz punters

Bring me sunshine, bring me RAIN

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Virgin Media plans to launch a range of cloud-based services for its business customers.

The telco characteristically had a dig at its rivals, such as BT, by saying it wanted to directly "challenge" those outfits which, Virgin Media claimed, had "brought unnecessary confusion to the cloud, complicating what can be a simple and highly effective way to manage an organisations [sic] IT."

VM said it wanted to offer "no-nonsense advice" to its 65,000 biz customers.

"Most [organisations] are already signed up to the benefits of the cloud, but constant jargon and complicated advice have created a real barrier to entry,” said Virgin Media's business wing managing director, Mark Heraghty.

"The dramatic rise in data volumes, the move to a remote workforce and the merging of business and consumer technology are all putting greater pressures on today’s businesses. Cloud gives organisations more choice in how to deal with these pressures and we’re here to show that cloud doesn’t have to be complex. In fact with us it's amazingly simple,” he added.

The ISP has launched a first product dubbed Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC) for businesses that represents a clear move into the managed services market by Virgin Media.

It's flogging the product to businesses by saying that hardware costs can be significantly reduced with the use of VPDC.

VM, which has partnered with Savvis in its cloudy strategy, claimed it had the edge over competitors because it would offer "clear and simple advice". Beyond that, however, the company didn't explain in any detail how its team would cut through much of the jargon often spouted by cloud suppliers.

The telco said it wouldn't lock biz customers into minimum length contracts, instead punters will be billed by the hour for the amount of "virtual power" they plug into via the service.

Ovum principal analyst David Molony described Virgin Media's shift into the cloud as "a significant challenger in the UK's business telecoms market".

He added that Virgin Media's timing was spot on "because the cloud services market is gaining some serious momentum". ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'
Public IaaS... something's gotta give - and it may be AWS
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud tech
BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE
Just need to bring the fibre box within 19m ...
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.