Public sector cloud supplier Skyscape Cloud Services has introduced significant price reductions and widened its range of assured cloud services to help organisations to move legacy applications to the cloud.
Prices have reduced significantly across the range for storage and connectivity. The pricing of storage offerings for both its Infrastructure-as-a-Service options (Compute-as-a-Service and Storage-as-a-Service) will be reduced by up to 44%-75% respectively.
Connectivity services will now follow the same model as its cloud solutions, with customers only paying for what they use – and there will continue to be free connectivity via the PSN Assured network as well as tiered pricing for connectivity via the PSN Protected network or N3
According to Skyscape their success with G-Cloud has enabled them to achieve economies of scale and they’re now passing on the rewards to the customers. The more cynical would point to the continued reductions on storage on Amazon and Google – which form the base of many of their competitors G-Cloud solutions - as probably the main reason for the reductions.
Skyscape is also launching a range of new services and improved features to help organisations shift more complex legacy applications and large secure transactional workloads to the cloud, as well as offering hybrid solutions that allow organisations to shift workloads between on premise and the cloud.
To support this Skyscape is introducing:
- Cross Domain Security Zone - to offer flexible and secure gateways between the lower and higher security platforms
- Secure Remote Access option for accessing its Elevated OFFICIAL cloud platform
- Specialist DDoS protection capability as standard for all internet-connected solutions
- Storage options designed to deliver superior performance for many write-intensive workloads
- Dedicated Compute which provides customers with exclusive use of host servers in order to comply with legacy licensing requirements
- HybridConnect: announced last month, this new service facilitates the creation of hybrid cloud solutions which federate Skyscape's assured cloud platform with a wide variety of private and public cloud options
- Enhanced Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product capabilities and free trials to encourage further adoption
Additionally Skyscape is re-packaging and re-pricing its solutions to ensure compliance with the new Government Security Classification Policy (GSCP). Following the introduction of the new GSCP, Skyscape will maintain two distinct platforms; one of which is natively connected to the internet (Assured OFFICIAL platform) and the other is only connected to Government networks (Elevated OFFICIAL platform). Both platforms will be independently validated to be suitable for all OFFICIAL data, including OFFICIAL SENSITIVE data.
Lastly Skyscape has also increased the SLA for its Compute-as-a-Service BASIC service to 99.99%. For more on security classification see the video below