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UKFast strengthens cloud offering

UKFast acquires S-IA
UKFast acquires S-IA

Hosting provider UKFast has strengthened its cloud offering for Government organisations with the acquisition of cloud and cyber security service provider Secure Information Assurance (S-IA).

Established in 2003, S-IA exclusively provides secure cloud hosting and cyber security services to UK government organisations including the UK Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office.

The acquisition gives UKFast access to IL3 and IL4/Official-Sensitive accreditations, as well as the UK’s highest security rated hosting, known as List-X.

S-IA CEO Martin Knapp is to head up UKFast’s G-Cloud team, targeting a share of the £1.69bn currently spent through the government procurement framework.

Commenting on the acquisition, UKFast founder and CEO Lawrence Jones MBE said: “Acquiring S-IA is a strategic move, not only because of its high-profile government clients, but also because of its security product set. We’re bolting on a new level of expertise and technical capability to UKFast’s existing product range. Combined with our exclusively UK-based data centres and best of British service, it’s an offering that other large providers dealing with the public sector simply can’t match.”

Catherine Houghton, UKFast director of mergers and acquisitions, added: “This is an exciting step change for the UKFast group, allowing us to provide a full range of hosting services at the higher IL3/OfficialSensitive standard. With an estimated 30% of all cloud spend coming from the public sector, this opens up a massive market opportunity for us and is an area we expect to see rapid growth in.”

UKFast is one of the largest independently owned hosting providers in the UK, with over 300 staff, offices in Manchester, London and Glasgow and four fully owned, custom-built data centres. It provides dedicated servers, cloud services and colocation to government, public sector and commercial organisations and is the current CRN Cloud Provider of the Year. A cyber security arm, Secarma, specialises in ethical hacking and penetration testing.

Last year, revenues from UKFast’s eCloud range of cloud services rose by 38% to £13.79m. Just under one third (32.5%) of the company’s overall revenue now comes from cloud services. Almost two thirds (62%) of this increase was generated by existing customers extending their services.

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