British Hosting Provider UKFast Announces Launch of ‘HSCN-connected Cloud’
December 16, 2018
British hosting provider UKFast has announced the launch of a new ‘HSCN-connected cloud’. UKFast has headquarters in Manchester, United Kingdom and was established in 1999. A managed hosting, cloud and colocation specialist, the company’s broad range of services extends to web hosting, cloud hosting, colocation, and data center services. It caters to a broad customer base which includes major players like LateRooms.com. UKFast’s latest move makes it the “only provider offering HSCN directly from a government-approved data center”.
UKFast’s new cloud offering is “dedicated to healthcare service providers”. The highly secure offering is connected directly through the UK’s National Health Service’s (NHS) ‘Health and Social Care Network’ (HSCN) - a “reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information” which replaces the ‘N3 Network’.
UKFast offers offers government-approved services that include dedicated server and colocation hosting with HSCN connectivity. To facilitate the offering the company has worked with ‘NHS Digital’ - the NHS’ national information and technology partner - throughout this last year. Companies offering the NHS IT service can now connect to HSCN through UKFast’s data center. The company also offers access to eCloud, the British government’s full-service cloud portfolio.
“We’re meeting people from NHS Trusts who want to unlock new technologies like AI, big data and machine learning,” explained Lawrence Jones, the CEO of UKFast. “We’re enabling them to do this by plugging in and accessing burstable cloud facilities at a moment’s notice, which is something they just can’t do on N3. HSCN is an incredibly exciting step for the UK healthcare community and when aligned with our instantly accessible AI and cloud workloads we are providing a platform that enables innovation faster and at a lower cost. The NHS needs to be certain where its sensitive patient data is, so connecting HSCN to our fully owned, UK-based data centres makes perfect sense,” he added.