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Scottish cloud and managed hosting company iomart has received £60 million (approximately $93.5 million USD) from the Bank of Scotland to fund further acquisitions, the company announced Monday.

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UK ISP Bogons has purchased a Cold War nuclear bunker near Comrie, Scotland, to develop a data storage and connectivity facility. Bogons paid £150,000 (around $253,000 US) for the site at Cultybraggan in Scotland’s southern highlands.

 

(The Hosting News) – The cloud computing sector has a key part to play in helping Scotland’s economy into recovery by creating employment and giving companies a competitive and cost-effective edge, the Scotland Office Minister David Mundell said today.

He was on a visit to award-winning iomart Group plc in Glasgow, one of Europe and the UK’s leading cloud companies, where he learned more about the firm’s role in developing cloud services to help customers handle their data and online presence.

The UK Government is committed to Cloud computing, believing it has brought about a step change in the economics and sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The cross-government G-Cloud programme is looking at ways to deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT. iomart was accredited as a preferred supplier to the G-Cloud service earlier in 2013.

In the wider UK economy, the UK Government estimates the IT sector contributes around £58bn to the country’s GVA.

David Mundell said: “In the global race for growth, business and government need every competitive advantage possible. We need a strong, thriving and innovative ICT sector across the UK and here in Scotland. Technologies such as cloud computing can have a real impact on competitiveness, creating new ways to deliver services and collaborate as well as reducing costs. iomart is a great example of a company leading the way and providing its clients with the tools they need to get ahead in business.”

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: “iomart gets very little government business because of the many hurdles that are put in the way of companies our size so it will be interesting to see whether being part of G Cloud changes that.  Ministers need to be more transparent about the process of winning and delivering IT services to the public sector and they need to act on their statements about investing in high speed broadband.”

Scotland: Cloud a Key Role in Economic Recovery

 

(The Hosting News) – The cloud computing sector has a key part to play in helping Scotland’s economy into recovery by creating employment and giving companies a competitive and cost-effective edge, the Scotland Office Minister David Mundell said today.

He was on a visit to award-winning iomart Group plc in Glasgow, one of Europe and the UK’s leading cloud companies, where he learned more about the firm’s role in developing cloud services to help customers handle their data and online presence.

The UK Government is committed to Cloud computing, believing it has brought about a step change in the economics and sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The cross-government G-Cloud programme is looking at ways to deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT. iomart was accredited as a preferred supplier to the G-Cloud service earlier in 2013.

In the wider UK economy, the UK Government estimates the IT sector contributes around £58bn to the country’s GVA.

David Mundell said: “In the global race for growth, business and government need every competitive advantage possible. We need a strong, thriving and innovative ICT sector across the UK and here in Scotland. Technologies such as cloud computing can have a real impact on competitiveness, creating new ways to deliver services and collaborate as well as reducing costs. iomart is a great example of a company leading the way and providing its clients with the tools they need to get ahead in business.”

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: “iomart gets very little government business because of the many hurdles that are put in the way of companies our size so it will be interesting to see whether being part of G Cloud changes that.  Ministers need to be more transparent about the process of winning and delivering IT services to the public sector and they need to act on their statements about investing in high speed broadband.”

Source: Scotland: Cloud a Key Role in Economic Recovery

 

(The Hosting News) - iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud and managed hosting services, has been selected for G-Cloud iii Framework, the latest iteration of G-Cloud, the pre-approved group of Cloud ICT suppliers to the UK Government.

iomart has been selected as a supplier of cloud services under Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS); Platform As A Service (PaaS); and Software As A Service (SaaS) for the CloudStore ICT catalogue which the UK Government established to encourage the adoption of cloud computing. The Cloudstore allows public sector organisations to purchase cloud services quickly and easily with minimal disruption or managerial involvement.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: “We are delighted that our tender for inclusion in the newest version of G Cloud has been successful. G Cloud provides a different route to doing business with the public sector in the UK and we look forward to the opportunity to deliver our expertise and capabilities across the full range of cloud and managed IT services.”

Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland and with offices and data centres across the UK, iomart specialises in the delivery and management of bespoke mission-critical private and hybrid cloud and managed IT infrastructures as well as providing a full range of cloud and software services such as cloud storage, backup and security solutions.  Public sector clients include one of the UK’s biggest housing associations and a number of councils and education providers.

Source: iomart Lands on UK Public Sector G Cloud

 

(The Hosting News) - iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) has been voted AIM/Mid-sized Cap PLC of the year for the second year running at the Scotland PLC awards.

Glasgow-headquartered iomart Group’s “impressive financial performance last year and its success in pulling off a string of strategic acquisitions” was highlighted by the judging panel.

One of the judges commented that iomart was “Clearly a highly effective business model which is growing rapidly through both acquisition and organic growth.”

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group, said: “Scottish and UK business has now grasped the important role that the cloud can play in delivering computing resources. We have invested in a high speed fibre network and made a strategic acquisition of Melbourne Server Hosting in Manchester, to ensure that iomart can deliver the mission critical cloud services those businesses need wherever they are located.”

The awards, which were established to recognise the success of Scotland’s listed companies, are held jointly by Scottish Business Insider and leading accountant PwC.

Aberdeen Asset Management took the overall of Scottish PLC of the Year while iomart client Stagecoach picked up the award for sustainability.

Commenting on the awards, Lindsay Gardiner, regional leader at PwC in Scotland, said: “It’s crucial that we continue to champion the pivotal role played by the private sector in creating jobs, developing goods, delivering services and driving our economic rehabilitation here in Scotland and across the UK.

“By promoting enterprise and demonstrating that business is good for our communities and our country, we can help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders and generate an entrepreneurial revolution in our back yard.”

iomart Group acquisition Melbourne also picked up the award for Best Tech Deal at the Northern Tech Awards.

Source: iomart Wins at Scotland PLC Awards

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