M2M software company Arkessa (Cambridge, UK) has announced plans to partner with data-center provider Telehouse (owned by Japanese telecoms giant KDDI) over the development of a private cloud, to be hosted at Telehouse’s London data centers.
Using internet technology over 2G and 3G mobile networks, Arkessa’s service allows remote devices to be operated as if they are connected directly to the user’s desktop, tablet or smartphone. It serves clients in all regions of the world and says it chose Telehouse because KDDI’s architects had designed an infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) platform that could support the growth of its business and allow it to focus on innovation and customer care.
“We knew we needed to invest in a virtual infrastructure, but we were uncertain about the implications of migrating our business-critical systems to the cloud,” said Paul Green, director of technology and marketing at Arkessa. “Working with the reputable likes of Telehouse and KDDI meant we could rely on the infrastructure, connectivity and security of our private cloud platform but also we gained a partner that understood our business needs and our innovation.”
According to market watcher Beecham Research, the global market for services enabled by wireless connectivity is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year and generate revenues of $45 billion within the next five years. Arkessa decided it was necessary to move from its traditional data center, based in Scotland, to a scalable virtual platform that could accommodate these growth expectations and provide real-time access to clients’ remote locations.
“A lot of our customers are large, fast-growing blue-chip firms with very specific technical requirements,” Green said. “We could not afford to compromise on latency, security or the reliability of our application.”
Recognising that the M2M sector has particular needs from a cloud partnership, Nick Layzell, the head of cloud solutions for KDDI Europe, said Telehouse’s relationships with network operators, and the quality of its disaster recovery services, meant it could quickly respond to Arkessa’s demands. “We are seeing enterprises that are launching innovative applications that require a high level of data integrity, security and private networks reaching out to us for private cloud architecture, which is a perfect match for our Telehouse and KDDI partnership.”