While once perceived to be lagging behind their US counterparts in terms of cloud adoption, European businesses are catching up - with IDC forecasting that Western Europe will be the 2nd largest market after the US for public cloud services. While this increase is driven by the usual requirements for increased IT agility and reduced CAPEX spend on IT infrastructure, it is also increasingly being driven by the need for higher levels of IT security and resiliency. This week, iland responded to this increased demand with the launch of our new data centre location in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to deliver secure cloud services including IaaS, DRaaS and Cloud Backup across Benelux and the wider EU region.
Read the press release: 'iland launches Cloud Services from new location in Amsterdam to service EMEA Customers'
The iland expansion strategy has always been driven by customer demand. Just like their US cousins, European business have been struggling with recent increases in cyber-attacks including ransomware and other natural and man-made threats to IT systems - we've all seen the headlines! Added to this is a keen awareness of the requirements to meet EU data privacy laws - both on-premises and in the cloud - and the uncertainty over how these laws will play out after GDPR and Brexit. Against this challenging backdrop, European customers have a determination to adopt cloud services to ensure their businesses don't miss out on the many benefits on offer.
With this new data centre location, iland is in a perfect position to meet this customer demand and help European customers navigate security and compliance challenges while leveraging cloud services. Importantly, iland has developed a comprehensive channel program that will enable Managed Service Providers, Resellers and Agents to take advantage of the burgeoning cloud services opportunity in Europe and drive value to small and medium businesses.
iland services delivered from the Amsterdam state-of-the-art facility will include IaaS for cloud hosting of virtual machines, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service and Cloud Backup. All of these services are accessible through our iland secure cloud console which provides visibility and ease of management to customers. And, the iland cloud platform has embedded advanced security features including vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, encryption and more as well as a compliance team ready to help customers navigate audits for industry requirements including the GDPR.
This is the start of an exciting chapter - both for iland and for our partners and customers across Europe - and we're proud to be meeting customer demand for secure cloud services across the region.