Digital Planet, the Cloud Services division of Evros Technology Group, has seen its growth exceed 50 per cent year-on-year since 2011, making it the fastest growing Irish-owned enterprise cloud platform in Ireland.
Currently operating out of three data centres in Ireland, one in Britain and soon to be operating in two further data centres in the US, Digital Planet is rapidly expanding and building a strong reputation for cloud services.
Digital Planet offers multi-tenant and private cloud solutions to customers, operating to the highest-quality standards such as ISO 27000, ISO 20000. It is also a certified level one PCI-DSS service provider. With a comprehensive range of offerings including private and shared IaaS, hosted VDI, online backup, DR and business continuity supported by 24-7 managed IT, network and security services, it is easy to see why Digital Planet is experiencing such success.
Built on best-of-breed infrastructure with a wraparound managed service solution, Digital Planet is providing organisations with a real alternative when it comes to cloud solutions in the market. Another major differentiator is the team behind Digital Planet – consultants with an unequalled level of experience migrating clients of all types and sizes to our cloud with minimum disruption.
Clients also have access to these consultants to discuss their requirements or concerns throughout the life of their contract. With Digital Planet, clients have a relationship with the team supporting their systems – you are never just a number.
“To say it is an exciting time for Digital Planet is an understatement,” says Hugh Dawson, services director. “We always had belief in our solutions, but the extent to which companies have embraced our platforms given the competition just reaffirms what has been built and more importantly how we engage with customers.”
“There are a number of factors for this success,” says Joe Brady, chief technical officer. “Firstly, it’s the way we go about engaging with customers looking to embark on a cloud journey. We operate a consultative-led approach, understanding all aspects of their environment and assess them for cloud readiness. We also deliver flexible models to organisations; we understand that a one-size-fits-all solution just does not work. It’s an approach that has been received well in all our engagements to date.
“It’s also about the knowledge, skills and experience within the team. We have deployed more than 100 cloud environments to date across the public and private sectors, which means there is rarely a challenge that we have not already encountered and designed a solution for – these engagements have contributed to us becoming the leading experts in cloud migrations and solution design in the country. It has stood to us in our dealings with customers who appreciate the learnings we have been through, and that we can truly guide them on their cloud journey.”
“It’s also our ability to offer a fully managed cloud environment to organisations. Our biggest growth area is not just to provide a cloud platform, but to manage it as well,” says Dawson. “To layer on support capabilities to customers and take the management headache away from the day-to-day operational workings of an organisations, letting them focus on their own business specialisations and offerings. This makes us unique, and truly a one-stop shop for your IT needs.”
So what differentiates Digital Planet from the Hyper-Scale Cloud Providers such as Azure and AWS?
“Digital Planet, while it is the largest Irish cloud provider in the market, operates at a level where it is still possible to have direct relationships with customers,” says Brady. “This means we can provide support for your environment at all levels, from applications to hardware infrastructure and everything in between, without having to depend on a third party.
“As Digital Planet was designed to deliver for the Enterprise, we also offer higher availability SLAs than are available through the global operators. For areas that are better suited to a global delivery platform, integrated solutions can be delivered across Digital Planet and Microsoft Azure.”
Who are the prime users of the Digital Planet platforms and cloud solutions?
“Primarily, we are an enterprise level provider where up-time, performance and scalability are key concerns in conjunction with security and data protection,” says Dawson.
“Most of our clients are seeking a cloud partner who can not only advise on appropriate solutions but can also deliver and manage these solutions. Companies moving to public clouds often relay to us that they didn’t understand the transit charges that would accrue for the broadband, or that a certain level of SSD disk was needed to be deployed for their database to ensure performance.
“Issues like those experienced by companies entering public cloud solutions never occur in our solution. All pricing is fixed and we test extensively in advance of going live with client solutions.
“If you are thinking about the cloud and would like to understand it more and how it could be aligned to your business, you can contact us at the details below. We provide a consultative-led approach based on our experience, determining whether it is the right solution for your organisation and if it’s the right time. Timing can be an important factor in any cloud decision, and we would be happy to work this through and build out the required TCO models in its justification as a platform.”