Cloud Hosting

Reduce expenditures, improve availability, and realise your business goals faster

Virtualise with VMware

Use the world’s leading software to virtualise and manage your workload

Customised solutions

Secure managed or unmanaged private, hybrid, and public clouds in all configurations

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Find the freedom your business needs with secure cloud hosting

IT infrastructure, performance and management are critical components of doing business today. However, more systems, more applications, more storage and complex networks can make IT a problem rather than a solution to running a business.

Estimates say as much as 80% of IT budgets is spent on routine maintenance rather than enabling business processes and growth. Companies of all sizes are turning to cloud hosting for the IT needs even faster than Forrester predicted in previous years for that and many more reasons.

These companies realise cloud hosting can turn their IT resources into valuable assets supporting company objectives, rather than being an item on an expense sheet.

Cloud hosting enables businesses to:

  • Respond to changing business needs quickly
  • Reduce total cost of ownership
  • Keep data and applications secure
  • Reduce time to market for new products or services
  • Achieve compliance with regulations
  • Ensure systems and applications are always available
  • Encourage innovation
  • Think strategically

Create your ideal environment with VMware cloud hosting

When you think of the cloud, you might just imagine a room full of servers, or rack after rack of storage arrays. Cloud hosting certainly includes those things, but it is also so much more: It’s nothing less than everything you need to run your business applications according to your requirements. We’ll work with you to understand your requirements to build exactly the cloud you need including the following:

Compute

Not all servers are created equal. Once we understand your application requirements and usage patterns, we will suggest compute resources sufficient to handle your specific demands.

Storage

We will take the time to find out exactly what your storage needs are and recommend solutions so you’ll always have enough secure storage to manage your data.

Network

Every business and application has different needs for bandwidth, security, and latency. We’ll help you design a network that perfectly fits your needs.

Monitoring

It’s impossible to run an IT infrastructure well without proper monitoring. Our cloud hosting helps provide the monitoring you need to meet security, compliance, and performance requirements.

PCI Compliance

Creating and maintaining IT environments that meet your industries specific compliance requirements can be daunting. We have compliance experts to assist each step of the way.

Administration

IT administration can be complex and time consuming. We provide the latest tools and best-in-class virtualisation from VMware and partners to help you simplify management.

Disaster recovery

Organisations large and small are using cloud hosting for their disaster recovery plans. We support everything from simple remote backups to a full disaster recovery as a service.

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There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” solution with our cloud hosting

Every business is different. That is why we take the time to get to know every customer, their business now, and their plans for the future.

When you choose Netplan’s cloud hosting services, you will be assigned a dedicated account manager who will be your primary point of contact for all your needs. We believe the better we understand your business, the better we can help you create cloud hosting environments to meet your goals for growth, revenue, or product launches.

Our Expertise

We’ve helped our customers deploy over 5,000 VMware virtual servers on our public, their private, or hybrid clouds since 2011. Every single one of these customers received personal attention from our dedicated team to define their cloud hosting architecture including:

  • Storage solutions and backup
  • Network configuration and optimisation
  • Network security and logging
  • Compute performance analysis and sizing
  • Centralised management tools

Cloud solutions from Netplan

Find out more about our cloud hosting product line:

VMware cloud hosting

90% of companies use VMware as their primary virtualisation tool

According to Gartner, VMware continues to be the leader in virtualisation even when there are many open source or free alternatives. The reason is simple: VMware offers the best suite of virtualisation tools and management software available.

We have invested into VMware’s vCloud technology to ensure our cloud hosting is able to help you realise all the benefits of using a cloud architecture. Whether you decide to use our public cloud, or create a private or hybrid cloud, you’ll be sure to have access to the best virtualisation available.

VMWare vCloud hosting - Managed vCloud public cloud + 100% uptime

VMWare vCloud hosting

The Netplan public cloud is proud to be one of over 400,000 organisations using VMware for virtualisation

Lower costs

Move high capital expenses to lower operational expenses using a public cloud

On demand

Allocate or request resources for immediate availability when you need them

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VMware vCloud powered public cloud

Organisations facing a future of never-ending lifecycle upgrades on existing hardware are looking to find a better way. The truth is public clouds offer better security, more flexibility, reduced costs, and an almost endless ability to expand your IT resources. With a VMware vCloud powered public cloud, you can have it all without the burden of everyday IT administration and annual capital expenditures.

By using vCloud, we’re able to quickly allocate, provision, and secure firewalls to meet your requirements. And if you have the need, you can also use vCloud on our cloud to manage your own virtual data centre for your company.

Every public cloud customer receives:

  • Secure resources in Tier 3/4 data centres
  • Enterprise infrastructure with no single point of failure
  • Low latency network guarantees
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime SLA
  • Server backups (tailored to your requirements)
  • Convenient management tools
  • Option for fully managed servers
  • Support from highly trained certified VMware experts

Operate your own virtual data centre

Customers needing data centre capability, but not the capital investment or management burden can create a virtual data centre on our infrastructure using VMware vCloud. A software defined data centre allows your staff to provision services and resources in just minutes. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1: Install OS and applications

You’re completely free to install exactly what you need to run your applications

2: Allocate resources

Assign servers, storage and networking resources to align with your specific requirements

3: Configure firewall policies

Maintain your security by taking control of the firewalls used to protect your virtual data centre.

If you have your own pre-designed server images, these steps are even easier. If you don’t, we have a public catalogue of images to enable rapid provisioning.

Be “blown away” by our experience

Even for organisations that have used virtualisation for years, using a public cloud or your own virtual data centre will be a new experience. Our team has helped our customer’s provision over 5,000 servers on our data centres. That kind of experience can’t be found in most companies, or in every vCloud hosting provider.

Our goal is to apply our experience to your custom solution on our public cloud. We’ll get you up and running fast, provide information and training to your staff, or optionally fully manage your virtual data centre for you.

"We have been blown away with the support from Netplan technical resources."

David Meadows
Senior IT Consultant, IT reseller

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Cloud hosting designed around you

Many cloud providers offer pre-packaged services and equipment. We design your cloud hosting solution around you and your business. Our focus remains firmly on you, and not just selling you access to equipment we already have in our datacentre. Every customer can expect the following benefits when you host your cloud with us:

Dedicated account manager

We can’t help you if we don’t get to know you. You’ll always have a single dedicated account manager who knows you and your business.

Built for growth and change

Companies expand, objectives change, new initiatives are started. Your vCloud public cloud can be designed, expanded or changed to meet your needs now and in the future.

Support through migration

Transitioning to a public cloud isn’t always easy. We don’t abandon you after the contract is signed. We’ll help manage the migration to keep you on schedule and budget as well as help you decide how much public cloud resources you need.

Access to VMware software suites

We use VMware vCloud enterprise edition to manage our public clouds. Every customer has access to the core suite of tools, with the ability to add on others. VMware license management can be a thing of the past.

Expertise always ready

Our staff of certified specialists in VMware, Windows, Linux, Cisco, and others are always on hand 24/7/365 to respond to support requests.

Guaranteed SLAs

We guarantee SLAs on uptime, latency and support response times. If we don’t meet the times or latency specified in your contract, we’ll give your money back.

Who’s managing the public cloud?

As a public cloud user, you don’t have to worry about managing the physical hardware of your IT infrastructure. Your service provider has that responsibility, which makes them as important, if not more important, than your choice of virtualisation platform.

We invest heavily into our infrastructure to ensure optimal performance and efficiency:

  • Enterprise NetApp SANs
  • Intel’s latest processors
  • A redundant architecture with no single point of failure
  • Proactive monitoring to ensure our 100% uptime and low latency SLAs
  • Hardware refresh policies in line with best practices

You can feel safe on Netplan’s public cloud knowing we’re working hard behind the scenes on monitoring, upgrading, logging, backups, and security.

vCloud setup example

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vCloud setup example
VMware Private Cloud Hosting - VMware Dedicated Private Cloud

VMware Private Cloud Hosting

Accelerate and expand your business with a VMware vCloud powered private cloud hosting

Secure

Only you have access to dedicated systems

Agile

Quickly respond when needs change

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Innovate, strategise, and grow your business with a private cloud

Amazing things can happen when your IT infrastructure becomes a platform to empower your business, rather than merely “support” it.

While cost savings is the primary motivator for transitioning to a hosted cloud solution, studies show companies report surprising benefits beyond saving 50% or more on IT costs. Using a private cloud to offer IT as a service to your company enables experimentation, innovation, and accelerates expansion into new product areas.

Before the cloud, every business initiative required IT to change to support it – new capital expenditures, training, long lead times for purchases, integration and testing. But now, with a private cloud, you’re free to allocate resources on demand to directly enable business objectives.

What’s included in a VMware hosted private cloud?

  • Dedicated compute, storage, and/or network resources
  • Access to VMware vCloud enterprise edition
  • Secure physical and virtual environments
  • Real time dynamic resource allocation
  • Upgrade hardware without interruption with “live add” capability
  • High availability and VM mobility
  • Can include a few or many servers: size doesn’t matter
  • Options for managed or unmanaged hosting
  • Performance when you need it

Benefits of a hosted private cloud

Realising the benefits of a private cloud involves more than just creating an IT infrastructure. It’s about managing the resources as a service to benefit your business. It’s a mindset difference many IT departments struggle to implement.

It’s a service

When you treat your private cloud as a service, it means departments request and receive just the IT resources they need. Forget about old, stove-piped IT solutions in each department.

Training

Our experts can train your staff on how to use the full power of the cloud. We live and breathe the cloud and understand it’s about more than the tools – it’s what works for you.

All possibilities

There are as many private cloud configurations as there are companies. What you need depends on you, your existing requirements and where you may need in the future.

Quickly see benefits

In one VMware case study, a company managed to realise both productivity and efficiency gains in less than four weeks. Once deployed, you’ll be surprised how quickly you could see the benefits too.

Truly agile

Hosting a private cloud provides the ability to quickly respond to any business need. If the existing resources aren’t enough, we can simply add more without the need for you to make major capital expenditures, install, integrate or test.

Performance

Dedicated resources mean you’ll always have the power, storage, and network bandwidth you need for your most demanding applications. You’ll never worry about whose sharing the hardware with you.

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Expertise, experience, and partnership for your private cloud

Setting up a private cloud environment in a secure data centre is really just part of the story. In reality, the journey to a private cloud is as important as the final result.

Our hosted private cloud services go beyond signing a contract to create a private cloud. We know you are looking ahead to the end point and the benefits, and our goal is to get you there as quickly and painlessly as possible. But defining your requirements, sizing the compute resources to match, and then supporting you through the migration are all key aspects of what we offer, and what makes us different than other hosting providers.

We’ve helped small businesses and large multinational corporations create custom private clouds. Call us today to find out how we can become your partner in successfully creating a private cloud to empower your business.

PCI DSS compliant private cloud specialists

Companies that handle credit card information require special considerations for their private clouds. It’s a requirement to be PCI DSS compliant, which increases the complexity of the project. As a Visa certified Level 1 PCI compliant hosting provider, we can help you “build-in” compliance to any private cloud solution.

  • Physical Security
  • Perimeter security
  • Application security
  • Network security
  • Server security
  • Incident response
  • Administrative security
  • Data backup
  • Secure data deletion
  • Security audits and logs
  • Access control
  • Data management

Private cloud hosting example setup

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Private Cloud Hosting Environment

Global corporations trust us to host their private clouds

AXA Travel Insurance, AXA Assistance, LANDesk and TrustPay Global are just some of our customers. Whether you need a private cloud to ensure optimum performance, or to meet security and regulation compliance, these companies know you can find that and more with Netplan.

"We needed a powerful, instantly accessible platform which would allow us to serve customers requests 24x7. Netplan offered us enterprise grade hybrid cloud solution which provides us scalable capacities on demand with 100% uptime. We have been blown away with the support from Netplan technical resources."

David Meadows
Senior IT Consultant, IT reseller

VMware Hybrid Cloud Hosting - VMware Cloud + 100% uptime SLA

VMware Hybrid Cloud Hosting

Hybrid clouds enable you to meet all your performance, security, compliance and cost requirements

On demand

Add or remove capacity as your business needs change

Flexible

Move applications, workloads and data between clouds as needed

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55% of companies will be using a hybrid cloud

Recent surveys show 42% of organisations worldwide are using hybrid clouds. Within two years over 55% will transition to a hybrid cloud, and within 5 years the overwhelming majority of companies will be using hybrid clouds.

These numbers aren’t surprising. For many companies, a hybrid cloud solution represents the best the cloud has to offer. You can leverage the flexibility, agility and costs savings of the public cloud, but still maintain the security, performance, and compliance you need for applications in your private cloud.

Our vCloud infrastructure, vSphere, and vConnector together provide:

  • Management of the entire cloud from within vSphere
  • A single content catalog across your hybrid cloud
  • Easily move workloads, VMs, vApps, and templates between clouds
  • Software defined data centres provide seamless networking
  • Enterprise infrastructure with no single point of failure
  • 100% uptime SLA on public cloud (and private if you host with us)
VMware Hybrid cloud hosting example

What is a hybrid cloud?

Hybrid clouds are just what the name implies: a combination of a private cloud and a public cloud used together by a single organisation. The private cloud can be internal, or also hosted with a service provider. Both the private and public clouds are usually virtualised using common software such as VMware vSphere.

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How to put a hybrid cloud to work for you

Management

Because a hybrid cloud uses vSphere and vCenter, you can manage all your resources – public and private – from the same interface your IT already knows. No need to learn a new management suite.

Cost savings

Public clouds are attractive in part because of the cost savings they provide. A hybrid cloud allows you to take advantage of those savings for data and applications that don’t require your private cloud.

Availability

Our public cloud has a guaranteed 100% uptime SLA. Because of the redundant resources, proactive monitoring, and technical expertise, your hybrid cloud will always be there to run your applications.

Flexibility

Using vCloud connector you can provision, deploy or move VMs between your public and private clouds as easily as you can within a single cloud. All in a few clicks.

Respond to changes

The virtually unlimited resources of the public cloud mean you can take advantage of business opportunities as they arise without having to make capital investments, install and integrate new hardware.

Your own datacentre

A hybrid cloud can operate as one virtual data centre for your business and put IT to work for you fueling innovation, product or service development, experimentation, and new revenue streams.

Expertise, experience, and partnership for your hybrid cloud

Setting up a hybrid cloud environment can be a time consuming and stressful process. But it doesn’t have to be if you chose to use Netplan as your cloud hosting provider.

Our hosted cloud services go beyond signing a contract to create your cloud. We know you are looking ahead to the end point and the benefits, and our goal is to get you there as quickly and painlessly as possible. But defining your requirements, sizing the compute resources to match, and then supporting you through the migration are all key aspects of what we offer, and what makes us different than other hosting providers.

We’ve helped small businesses and large multinational corporations create custom hybrid clouds. Call us today to find out how we can become your partner in successfully creating a hybrid cloud to empower your business.

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Cloud Desktop Hosting

Streamline your operations by using our Desktop as a Service

Connect anywhere

Access your desktops from any device with Internet access

Simplify

Run all desktops from a single image, update and patch once

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Simplify desktop management and lower IT costs

Estimates say 80% of IT budgets are spent on maintenance tasks. This is arguably especially true for managing individual employee desktop and laptop systems.

Virtualisation and the cloud offer an alternative to time intensive desktop management. Our Desktop as a Service, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, enables you to simplify management, reduce IT costs, and offer you an easier path to upgrading legacy applications and operating systems.

Streamline your desktop IT management

  • Use the same image for every user, or each user type
  • Avoid unnecessary hardware upgrades due to OS updates
  • Consolidate costs with pay as you go pricing
  • Install applications, update drivers, and patches once
  • Just one system to test and troubleshoot

What is desktop hosting?

Hosted desktops are virtualised desktop environments, including applications, operating systems residing in the cloud. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a service providing the infrastructure and virtualisation tools to host your company’s desktop systems. Employees can log in using any system connected to the internet and run their “desktop” as though it were physically there.

Hosted Desktop Example

Struggling with BYOD?

Employees today often access work email, files, and applications from their personal devices. This creates a management and security nightmare for IT departments working hard to maintain configuration control and minimise security risks.

Cloud hosted desktops help mitigate BYOD issues by allowing employees to access the standard desktop configuration and application from any device connected to the internet. Files and applications remain on the server, reducing security risks. Employees also can’t introduce new software, devices, drivers, or applications into the virtual desktop without IT approval.

Want to know more about BYOD and desktop cloud hosting? Contact us today to see how we can help.

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Why use Netplan's cloud hosting service? - 100% uptime SLA

Why use Netplan’s cloud hosting

You'll see the Netplan difference from your very first conversation with us

Dedicated support

Dedicated support managers to focus on your business

Guaranteed SLAs

Guaranteed uptime and response times or your money back

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Customised hosting solutions for your business

We take the time to get to know every customer, their business now, and their plans for the future. Then we work together with them to design, build and deploy exactly the cloud hosting environment they need.

Since 2011 our customers have deployed over 5,000 VMware VMs in our hosted environments. Whatever your business objectives, we’ve probably already built an infrastructure similar to what you need. Our experience, combined with your requirements, can streamline the process of migrating to your cloud hosted solution.

Our VMware vCloud based cloud hosting provides:

  • High availability
  • Fault tolerance
  • Auto deployment
  • Centralised management
  • Live migration
  • Secure processing and storage
  • Load balancing
  • No single point of failure
  • 100% Uptime
  • And more

Cloud hosting designed around you, not our data centres

Many cloud providers offer pre-packaged services and equipment. We design your cloud hosting solution around you and your business. Our focus remains firmly on you, and not just selling you equipment we already have in our datacentre. Every customer can expect the following benefits when you host your cloud with us:

Dedicated account manager

We can’t help you if we don’t get to know you. You’ll always have a single dedicated account manager who knows you and your business.

Built for growth and change

Companies expand, objectives change, new initiatives are started. Your cloud hosting can be designed, expanded or changed to meet your needs now and in the future.

Support through migration

Moving your applications, data, and processes to the cloud can be complicated. But we don’t abandon you after the contract is signed. We’ll help manage the migration to keep you on schedule and budget.

Choice of locations

Whether you’re a small local UK business, or a global giant, we have multiple data centre locations around the world. You can have points of presence wherever you need them.

Expertise always ready

Netplan staff are certified specialists in VMware, Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, and others. We are always on hand 24/7/365 to respond to support requests.

Guaranteed SLAs

We guarantee SLAs on uptime, latency and support response times. If we don’t meet the times or latency specified in your contract, we’ll give your money back.

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How can we customise your, and every customer’s, cloud hosting?

How we do this...

We don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” cloud hosting. Of course, we have our preferred vendors and configurations we find to be most efficient. But you’re never locked in to using them. Our goal is to first meet your needs, even if that means a different storage vendor or networking switch.

We’re able to do this because we own and operate our entire infrastructure in our data centres. This means we can customise every customer’s solution. It also allows us to offer and guarantee our aggressive SLAs for all our customers cloud hosting environments.

Cloud solutions from Netplan

Private, public, hybrid, or desktop, we can build the solution you need today and in the future.

Service is our commitment to you

Personalised service, guaranteed SLAs, training and support are core principles of our business. We look to exceed expectations whenever possible, and offer you a better experience than any other cloud hosting provider.

"Netplan’s compliance suite coupled with an experienced and responsive team ensured that we were able to meet our aggressive timescales, satisfy our QSAs and deliver the solution we required to exceed the standards set by PCI DSS"

Billy Lewis
COO, TrustPay Global

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