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RapidSwitch parent iomart joins EMC Velocity Service Provider Program

18/03/2013

RapidSwitch parent company iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) has been chosen by EMC to join its Velocity Service Provider Program. EMC built the Velocity Service Provider Program to recruit and support the industry's leading service providers as they deliver cloud based services to their joint customers.

Last August iomart Group plc provisioned the EMC Avamar deduplication backup software and system to strengthen its cloud-based backup-as-a-service offering for Enterprise and SMB customers across its main hosting brands. Now, as a member of the Velocity Service Provider Program, iomart Group will accelerate and expand its routes into the market by offering enterprise cloud and managed services, leveraging iomart's own market- leading infrastructure.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: "Becoming a strategic member of the EMC Velocity Service Provider Program is the next stage in our relationship with the world's leading provider of cloud based technologies. This is a really important partnership for iomart Group and will create a new opportunity for us to sell our services to customers in the UK, Europe and beyond."

iomart Group has a network of seven data centre locations in the UK connected via a high speed fibre network and provides bespoke cloud and managed hosting to SMEs and large organisations. iomart was invited to join EMC's Velocity Service Provider Program for its strengths in EMC's core solution sets around Data Storage and Data Protection; and its data centre and network assets.

"EMC continues to align with proven, industry-leading managed service providers to help serve customers who are seeking the most optimum cloud services available." said Ross Fraser, Vice President of EMEA Global Alliances, EMC Corporation. "We have been working with iomart for a number of years as a customer and are now delighted to welcome them to the Velocity Service Provider Program this year as they continue to grow their portfolio around differentiated and innovative public and private cloud options powered by EMC technologies."

Bill Strain, CTO for iomart Group plc, added: "Achieving recognition in EMC's VSP Program means we can combine forces both in sales and solution development and work closely with EMC on key requirements for product innovation to deliver the cloud services that customers are looking for. It's a great opportunity for iomart and we look forward to working closely together over the coming months and years."

A video explaining the benefits to customers can be viewed here.

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