Skyscape Cloud Services Limited has announced a strategic partnership with Cloudera, making Skyscape the UK’s first certified Cloudera Hadoop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider for the public sector.

With UK public sector organisations being the guardians of large amounts of sensitive data, Skyscape is committed to collaborating with partners to offer end-to-end solutions that ensure that data is secure. Skyscape’s Hadoop in the Cloud offering is a highly-secure PaaS implementation, delivered with multiple connectivity options. Organisations can use it as a highly connected, secure and optimised solution for big data from concept through to production — while minimising the investment, time and risk associated with buying and configuring Hadoop infrastructure.

Further, customers in the public sector will benefit from a UK-sovereign cloud platform delivered from two secure UK data centres suitable for all data classified at OFFICIAL, including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE, under the Government Security Classification Policy (GSCP), and for legacy IL0–IL4 solutions. Skyscape’s agile PaaS platform powered by Cloudera enables customers to scale services to meet changing needs as well as peaks and troughs in demand. This will deliver significant cost savings and efficiency improvements for public sector organisations.

“Our partnership with Skyscape will provide customers with access to a high standard of secure cloud services and assurance credentials that the UK public sector demands,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, Corporate and Business Development at Cloudera. “Our industry leading security, management, governance and compliance capabilities combined with Skyscape’s highly secure, scalable and agile cloud infrastructure is a great solution for public organizations, enabling them to maximise the benefits of open and big data.”

Skyscape’s public sector customers will now benefit from Cloudera’s data management expertise. This will give them access to data that they can share with other public sector organisations, in order to deliver successful big data solutions that will ultimately drive significant improvements to public services. Cloudera’s Professional Services organisation will complement the many solutions delivered on Skyscape’s PaaS assured cloud platform, supporting its ongoing commitment to delivering secure cloud services to UK public sector organisations.

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Cloudera, a company that shares our values and objectives to deliver end-to-end solutions that will help improve public services and ultimately benefit UK citizens,” said Simon Hansford, CEO at Skyscape Cloud Services. “Cloudera’s data analytics management, solutions and experience makes it a valuable addition to our growing partner programme.”

Launched in August 2013, Skyscape’s dedicated channel partner programme now consists of more than 180 organisations. Focused on delivering secure, high quality yet cost-effective cloud services at scale, Skyscape’s solutions provide a building block for many of its partners’ offerings.


This article was originally posted “Skyscape Cloud Services Partners With Cloudera” from Cloud Strategy Magazine.