Press Release | 04 Mar 2014


New service delivers IL3 secure multi-tenant cloud environment for UK Public Sector organisations

Vodafone announced today the launch of Flexible Computing for Government, a secure, multi- tenant (IaaS) cloud computing service designed specifically to enable the UK Public Sector to meet its (IL3) RESTRICTED data requirements. As a Public Services Network (PSN)* provider, Vodafone is able to deliver a secure multi-tenant Infrastructure with end-to-end connectivity over the PSN.

Vodafone’s fixed and mobile capabilities mean the hybrid cloud offering can be deployed with speed and agility, enabling public sector organisations to embrace cloud computing and meet the Government’s ‘Cloud First’ ICT strategy. The service is scalable and able to support both long-term projects and short-term needs ensuring organisations can prevent unnecessary capital expenditure.

Flexible Computing for Government provides a practical way of accessing the benefits of the cloud. It allows organisations to embrace a mix of managed and co-location services, which are protected by the Government-grade security credentials that Vodafone’s data centre network provides.

The service is based on a ‘pay as you go model’ where customers are billed by the hour for their services, enabling organisations to adapt data requirements according to changing circumstances and only ever pay for what is used. The service will be available from April 2014.

Matt Key, Director of Large Enterprise, Vodafone said: “The public sector is experiencing a significant shift in the way computing resources are procured and delivered. Vodafone’s public sector experience, which includes delivering the RESTRICTED NHSmail service, means we have developed a service that addresses this market, delivering scalable computing in a flexible and cost efficient way.

Gary Barton, Senior Analyst, Current Analysis said: “IaaS is an in-demand service in the UK public sector, and Flexible Computing for Government is a well-designed proposition that will strengthen Vodafone’s hand in the Government space.

*The PSN provides the public sector with one network based on industry standards, enabling Government organisations to safely share services and collaborate in new ways in an open and competitive ICT marketplace.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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