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Blue skies for Atlas as Azure cloud service launches

Pictured at the launch of CloudCompute are (from left) Mark Mulvany, Dell EMC; Richard Simpson, Atlas Communications; and Sam Trotter, Dell EMC. Photo: Brian Morrison

ATLAS Communications has become the first company in the UK and Ireland to provide a locally-hosted cloud computing platform for private and public sector organisations.

Based on one of the most popular cloud computing platforms, Azure, local companies now can access the power of the cloud whilst having the certainty of where their data is stored.

The family-owned company, established for more than 30 years, is aiming to take on the global tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft in a bid to 'uncomplicate' cloud technology by providing a close to home solution.

CloudCompute by Atlas, provides the familiar interface of Microsoft Azure with the purpose of building, testing, deploying, and managing applications to improve business capabilities.

Richard Simpson, managing director of Atlas, said: "Renting rather than buying computing power makes a lot of sense, but the way these services are provided currently has some notable flaws for businesses.

"The cloud's great advantage is that your data is accessible anywhere, but the great downside is that your data could be anywhere."

Guests at a special preview demonstration at Titanic Hotel heard how the aim of CloudCompute is to bring all the advantages but to add predictability, both in terms of fixed pricing and in how and where your data is stored.

Atlas, who are targeting both public and private sector organisations as well as IT re-sellers, predict that their new product offering will enable them to increase their highly skilled workforce by a third over the next couple of years.

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