Microsoft applications via secure, private cloud

Thursday 21 November 2013

Microsoft applications via secure, private cloud

Capita IT Services to offer Microsoft applications via Capita Private Cloud

Capita IT Services has become one of the first cloud providers in the UK to offer popular Microsoft applications in a private cloud environment.

As part of Microsoft’s national cloud initiative to accelerate the offering of more secure cloud services to UK customers, applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync will be made available to customers via Capita Private Cloud, which was launched in September.

Customers will benefit from the knowledge that the applications are being used in a secure, private cloud environment, plus the reassurance of all data being stored in Capita’s UK data centres.

Andy Parker, deputy chief executive at Capita, said: “Capita Private Cloud is already proving hugely popular with companies that want a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts.

“We have successfully worked with Microsoft for many years, but this development takes our relationship to a new level.  Clients who appreciate the security of private cloud will now have the option of choosing Microsoft applications, which were previously only available via the public cloud.”

Derrick McCourt, general manager for Microsoft, UK Public Sector, said: “For the local government, central government and health sectors, through to highly regulated businesses such as banks, collaborating with Capita will enable the delivery of a wide range of Microsoft cloud services all in one pay-as-you-go approach.   We are pleased to be working closely with Capita on this national cloud offering, which over time will bring IL3 compliant* cloud-based services to organisations requiring this capability.”
The flexible nature of Capita Private Cloud means customers can choose exactly what they need and only pay for what they use, just like turning on a tap. So if a business experiences a sudden surge in demand for its IT services, extra capacity is always available.  Customers have access to more than 2,000 pre-tested cloud applications via a self service portal, allowing them to easily tailor, monitor and manage services.  


* IL0 – This represents the lowest level of security requirements: There is no requirement for security accreditation.  Very few services will fall into this category.
IL1/2 – This represents the baseline level of security requirements and is probably relevant for 60%-70% of public sector customers.  Accreditation is based on the use of ISO 27001 certification, i.e. good commercial practice.
IL3 – This requires enhanced security to protect sensitive information and is a common requirement for central Government departments and some agencies.  Accreditation is based on HMG security standards – these are based on ISO 27001, but with more stringent requirements.


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