Vodafone invests in data centres to expand services
24 August 2015 | 0
Vodafone Ireland has announced an investment of €7 million to provide new data centre services for business and public sector customers in Ireland.
The investment is part of a wider European expansion of its cloud and hosting business. As result, the company said that enterprise customers will be in a position to enhance IT security, increase operational flexibility and reduce costs. The development will enable customers to securely outsource their full IT hardware resources and store large volumes of data and software applications with Vodafone, in either dedicated or shared infrastructure environments.
Vodafone said the data centre services will be available to customers from the end of October 2015.
The initial offering is for a comprehensive range of cloud and hosting services, said Vodafone, from simple co-location to managed hosting, private cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It said these services eliminate the need for businesses to maintain extensive IT resources, helping them to become more flexible, more secure and save costs.
Vodafone said it is leveraging 20 years of expertise in Europe in the cloud and hosting sector, which has delivered complex enterprising hosting solutions to hundreds of large and small companies throughout Europe. The new services will complement existing capabilities from Vodafone Cloud and Hosting services across its network of 18 data centres in the UK, Germany and South Africa. Organisations using the new Irish facilities will benefit from the global breadth and high levels of security of Vodafone’s global network.
The expansion brings Vodafone Ireland’s investment to date to almost €25 million in recent years in expanding its total communications capabilities for business customers.
“We are very excited to expand our business division into cloud and hosting services for large companies and public sector clients,” said Anne Sheehan, enterprise director, Vodafone Ireland. “This further consolidates our position as Ireland’s Total Communications provider for enterprise. Our customers such as Ryanair are increasingly moving their critical IT services to the cloud, and as a result of this announcement today, Vodafone Ireland can now offer our business customers the ability to host their IT services in Vodafone’s secure data centre facilities.”
“This is a great example of how our services are evolving, reflecting the changing needs of our customers,” said Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, director, Cloud & Hosting Services, Vodafone. “The opportunity offered by cloud services is transforming businesses today and we believe that Vodafone is ideally placed to help companies bring together fixed, mobile and cloud technologies to the best effect.”