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iomart Hosting cloud project nominated for 2012 Network Computing Awards

7th February 2012 · Press Releases

Virtualised private cloud for Skyscanner earns national recognition

UK cloud computing and managed hosting services provider iomart Hosting is delighted to announce that its cloud project for European cheap flights specialist Skyscanner has been shortlisted for the 2012 Network Computing Awards.

It has been selected it as one of the five finalists for the Network Project of the Year: Private sector category.

iomart Hosting helped Skyscanner’s technical team architect a fully virtualised private cloud to cope with its ever-growing number of users. Visits to the Skyscanner website have increased year-on-year to the point where over 14 million people use it every month.

Craig Parker, Director of IT at Skyscanner, said: “iomart Hosting’s support has allowed us to scale up as fast as possible, while still allowing us to serve our millions of customers in a professional, responsive and personal manner.”

Phil Dalbeck, Infrastructure Architect at Skyscanner, explains: “Migrating from a traditional physical infrastructure platform to a fully virtualised private cloud provides the business agility Skyscanner needs to support our exceptional growth. Capacity planning is no longer the headache it once was, and the business can now expect to see additional server resources deployed within minutes rather than weeks.”

iomart Hosting helped Skyscanner deploy a cutting-edge VMware installation, with powerful custom built servers providing N+1 resilience and high performance. iomart Hosting provided consultation and benchmarking services and procured cutting-edge hardware which was installed in its fully-owned high spec data centres.

Sarah Haran, managing director of iomart Hosting, said: “This is another well -deserved nomination for the technical staff at iomart Hosting who work with customers throughout the travel industry whose businesses rely on high availability.”

The Network Computing Awards were launched to recognise the companies, products and services that have most impressed the readers of the UK’s longest established computer networking publication. The finalists for the ‘Network Project of the Year’ private and public sector categories were chosen by the Network Computing editor Ray Smyth.

He said: “The standard of entries received for the 2012 Awards has been particularly high. Many of the projects submitted represent excellent examples of how innovative work and the smart adoption of technology can result in major benefits for the customer and for their customers.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London on 22nd March.

iomart Hosting is a subsidiary of iomart Group plc which was named Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year 2011 and is ranked as one of the best web hosting companies in the world by HostReview.

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