SMEStorage Partners with WebHostingBuzz to Provide a Cloud File Server for UK & EU Businesses and Announces Excelian as a Customer Win

SMEStorage and WebHostingBuzz today announced that their partnership had resulted in SMEStorage providing UK and EU businesses with a SaaS file server that resides in the "cloud," hosted in a new data centre in Amsterdam provided by WebHostingBuzz.

SMEStorage Partners with WebHostingBuzz to Provide a Cloud File Server for UK & EU Businesses and Announces Excelian as a Customer Win
London, United Kingdom, September 23, 2011 --( SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborne, talking about a new EU data centre launch, stated, “Although we are a UK business, when we first launched the SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform for businesses, the majority of small businesses embracing the Cloud File Server proposition were in the United States. However in the last 12 months we’ve seen the United Kingdom and Europe rapidly catching up in embracing cloud technologies for business agility and productivity.

“This has driven us to partner with WebHostingBuzz to have our SaaS Cloud File Server technology hosted and available within the EU.”

One of the first customers to exploit this new EU based cloud capability is Excelian, one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies, who provide consultancy and services for Murex, OpenLink, HPC and cloud computing. Zoe Taylor, Excelian Operations Director stated: “After an extensive review of the market offerings we chose SMEStorage because it delivers both the business agility and the cost benefits we need. Our primary considerations in choosing SMEStorage are regional / global remote working and security. We also need a solution that allows us to integrate with other information systems, such as SharePoint, while still being able to use SaaS initially, converting to an onsite cloud appliance at a later date.”

CEO Ian Osborne continued, “Data protection legislation differs greatly between the European Union and the United States. Although Safe Harbour frameworks exist, currently the safe harbour framework does not protect data from the US Patriot Act. We’ve had businesses asking us to ensure access to their data is strictly within the EU boundaries.”

The SMEStorage Cloud File Server enables organisations and administrators to configure the Cloud File Server to access public and private information stores that can be viewed and managed in an aggregated fashion, from a "Cloud File System."

It is possible, for example, for an administrator to configure public folders, such as HR, Marketing, Projects etc, to be stored on Amazon S3 while also enabling users to add their own Google Docs Apps accounts. This could be complemented by adding access to existing onsite files, such as those stored on a ReadyNAS appliance. User would see and manage all these files in an aggregated view from any desktop or mobile device.

The Cloud File Server Administrator can control user access, permissions, and notifications while also turning on file event auditing which logs any user access with GEO location information and can also set global encryption keys for security.

CEO Ian Osborne finished by saying, “We’re pleased to have an EU presence and very excited about the direction our business is going. We believe we are unique in the path we are taking and that unlike other silo'd vendors, who try to sell storage, we are truly trying to help our customers make sense of, and manage, the disparate information sources they have in their businesses.”

About SMEStorage:

SMEStorage provides an 'Open' Cloud Platform in which file meta-data is synchronised but all files continue to reside on the original storage platform. In this way SMEStorage is able to offer value added services and clients to existing cloud storage providers, and acts as an enabler to provide a single cloud file system which enables files to be managed from one cloud file tree.

SMEStorage provides a rich client Web UI, Windows tooling, Mac and Linux tools, as well as many channels to access data such as the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile 7 mobile devices and Google Gadget, Chrome / Firefox Plug-Ins, Facebook, and integration with other products such as Microsoft Office and Open Office.

About Excelian:

Excelian is a specialised systems integration consultancy providing Murex, OpenLink, bespoke software development services and high performance computing solutions with particular expertise in grid and enterprise cloud.

Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing privately owned exporters and technology companies, Excelian celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011 with c250 staff operating out of 20 countries and an annual turnover of more than £25 million. The company is headquartered in London with branches in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo and a satellite office in New York.

About WebHosting Buzz:

WebHostingBuzz is a leading global web hosting provider. WebHostingBuzz maintains a number of brands including and and offers a full range of web hosting, virtualization, vps hosting, dedicated servers and managed services from its datacenters in Atlanta, GA, Phoenix, AZ and Amsterdam, NL.

WebHostingBuzz hosts over 250,000 websites worldwide.

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