Cloud hosting specialist UKFast is on track to triple public sector revenues in 2017, following a £2.3m investment in government data centre space and the acquisition of public sector cloud hosting firm Secure Information Assurance (S-IA).
Recent business wins include a £250,000 deal with the Cabinet Office and a £375,000 deal with an undisclosed public sector organisation.
Martin Knapp, head of public sector at UKFast, says that since S-IA joined forces with the hosting giant, his team has seen a marked increase in enquiries.
“We’re investing heavily in Restricted LAN Interconnectors (RLI) for defence, our Public Services Network (PSN) for central government and the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) for health service capabilities. That investment is reflected in a clear growth in the number and scale of the projects we’re being asked to deliver. The UK public sector is seeing us as an increasingly credible alternative to UKCloud and the US hyperscalers,” he said.
Knapp added: “We’re also seeing a great deal of interest from private firms wanting to tap into our expertise and accreditations to help them sell into the public sector.”
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones adds that the technology group is seeing a significant rise in enquiries from the public sector for cybersecurity and ethical hacking services following several high-profle cyber-attacks that affected government and the public sector this year.
He said: “The addition of our cybersecurity arm Secarma adds an extra dimension, which is proving valuable for our public sector clients who are putting security higher up the agenda when considering outsourcing.”
UKFast recently announced half-year revenue of £22.9m, up 18% on H1 2016. It is on track to turnover £46m in 2017, up from £40m in 2016.