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UKCloud collaborates with VMware to secure the UK’s sovereign digital future

By Joy Dumasia

May 03, 2022

  • Asset Management
  • Cloud Network
  • Digital assets
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UKCloud, the multi-cloud expert dedicated to digital transformation across the UK public sector, has announced that it is strengthening its collaboration with VMware, a leading multi-cloud services provider. UKCloud cements its commitment to providing innovative, first-class sovereign cloud environments by expanding its support for the next generation of VMware multi-cloud services. The recent approval of the new investment in UKCloud under the National Security and Investments Act has paved the way for expanding its product portfolio, including significant enhancements to its platform and services.

The success of the UK’s digital future will be driven by the ability of organisations to leverage the latest technology and tooling across an increasingly diverse digital estate. Most organisations have adopted a multi-cloud strategy and use almost four cloud environments or suppliers to meet their digital needs. Therefore, industry leaders like UKCloud must continue to embrace the most advanced and robust multi-cloud technologies. Its close collaboration with VMware reflects UKCloud’s bold commitment to driving dynamic innovations in the nation’s digital capabilities.

UKCloud is embracing the newest evolutions from VMware in its core platform. These will support a service rooted in simplicity and ease of use and benefit UKCloud’s core client base of market leaders, like GSA, who use the Sovereign cloud platform to provide software solutions for regulatory bodies. Utilising agnostic VMware multi-cloud and app modernisation solutions, UKCloud’s “VMware Anywhere” approach delivers a multi-classification, multi-cloud platform available in public cloud or on-premises through to the latest hybrid and edge deployment.

UKCloud is an active member of the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative, as it recognises the increasingly crucial requirement to maintain the UK’s core digital capability. As the geopolitical landscape becomes increasingly fraught and complex, data sovereignty and the role cloud services play in supporting it are more crucial than ever. Developing expertise and sovereign cloud capability has critical national security implications.

Through the adoption of the latest VMware multi-cloud and app modernisation solutions, UKCloud will help ensure organisations can operate the cloud in a consistent way from any location and use the latest innovative tooling to gain insight and value. Increasingly, organisations need the ability to migrate legacy systems using familiar technology and also operate across a hybrid cloud environment, encompassing everything from edge, private and hosted through to hyperscale environments. This is made possible through VMware Cross-Cloud services.

Laurent Allard, Head of Sovereign Cloud EMEA, VMware, commented: “By supporting VMware’s latest multi-cloud and app modernisation innovations and capabilities in its core platform, UKCloud customers are empowered to implement lasting digital improvements, manage digital sovereignty requirements, and make significant cost savings to public sector services. All whilst simultaneously balancing their strategic goals of protecting citizen data, increasing choice and fostering their own home-grown digital and data economies.”

Simon Hansford, CEO UKCloud, commented: “I am delighted to be deepening and strengthening our capability and services through expanding our relationship and partnership with VMware. Following the recent investment in UKCloud, today’s announcement is the first of several we expect to make as we consolidate our position as the UK’s leading sovereign cloud infrastructure provider.”

Geoff Smith, Managing Director, GSA, said: “As a SaaS supplier to both the public and private sector, UKCloud have provided GSA with an assured, agile and value for money proven platform with their VMware Sovereign cloud. This provides choice and flexibility, which is a prerequisite when you need to support your distinct capabilities, skills and tools without compromise but also conforms to customers internal and regulatory requirements. Hence, providing GSA and our customers with the confidence that we are supported by a secure yet easy and simple data sovereign cloud infrastructure, where the staff at GSA have great confidence in the skills and expertise of UKCloud.”

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