Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Flexiant

Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Flexiant

Flexiant is a company headquartered in Livingston, Scotland and offers its Cloud Computing platform FlexiScale within the United Kingdom since 2007. Actually, that was the first service of this kind in the UK launched in 2007 by XCalibre Communications Ltd., which was later acquired by Flexiant. The company offers its flagship product in two versions: FlexiScale is its public platform while Exility is a licensed product for date center owners.

The product is based on Europe’s first Cloud Computing platform that was rebuilt using Flexiant’s Extility technology. It was introduced in March 2010, and in end-November 2010 the company set foot in the U.S. market partnering with Phoenix Fire. The Extility platform was intended to serve the needs of the web-hosting industry and to be offered as a fundamental part of XCalibre’s public cloud offering, FlexiScale. Flexiant Limited has bet on further development of the product and at some stage Extility platform was made available to other operators.

Extility is a licensed virtualization platform offering utility cloud computing that allows users to re-configure their servers in a very short time while managing servers, clients and billing within the admin control panel. For its part, FlexiScale public cloud resellers and affiliates can benefit from white label interface, compatibility with major hosting platforms, shorter delivery time, and flexible server configuration. The platform offers the usual benefits of Cloud Computing that are well known: no capital expenditure, scalability, and improved reliability.

FlexiScale 2.0 platform is offered as a pay as you go service that supports all major operating systems. The company boasts instant set up and omnipotent control panel access, offering security and cost effectiveness.

The Extility platform offers deployment of white label systems that looks like its owned by the client as well as multiple options for billing system integration. All actions can be performed via an API or web interface while self-service is conducted through the Control Panel or API. Virtual Dedicated Servers can be started, stopped and deleted by users, and memory, storage and grow disks are re-sizable. The company utilizes a hierarchical architecture featuring tens of servers per node and up to 1,000 nodes per cluster. Security is achieved through VM isolation of virtual machines and security separation between a guest and a host is implemented via Xen + VT support.

The platform features central IP allocation function, multiple virtual NICs per virtual server as well as controlled provisioning of central firewall. Customers are secured via VPN & firewall software on customer OS, in addition to golden images of ‘appliance’ software creating virtual firewall, VPN, load balancer appliances plus private VLANs.

FlexiScale solution offers self-service provisioning of servers via web-based control panel or API with ability to rapidly launch additional servers based on FlexiScale’s operating system images or images created by users. It incorporates multi-tier architectures enabled by a high-speed internal multiple gigabit ethernet network. Memory and storage are re-sizable, the system is highly scalable and supports MS Windows Server as well as common versions of Linux.

Last September, the company managed to secure a second round of funding worth GBP 1 million while the first round of investment was completed in January, 2010. A group of ten angel investors backed Flexiant in the start of 2010, including Alex Bligh (co-founder of Nominet UK) who became CEO of Flexiant and Laurence Blackall, a driving force behind Pipex Communications, who was appointed Chairman of the company. The first round of funding secured initial GBP 1 million for Flexiant and boosted its business development efforts.

The second capital injection is aimed at further development of Extility, the company’s cloud computing technology, and its infrastructure-as-a-service offering, FlexiScale. “This investment will enable Flexiant to develop further our technology and to drive our sales process. At a time when the demand for this kind of technology far exceeds the availability of proven models such as Extility and FlexiScale, Flexiant is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this market place,”

-Alex Bligh, CEO of Flexiant, commented in a press release.

Flexiant is participating in a consortium to develop a pan-European cloud platform, under an EUR 3 million research program backed by the European Commission. Flexiant is to provide a test bed on its public and private cloud platform and will guarantee that results are demonstrated in a live industrial environment.

The aim of CumuloNimbo (the research and development project) is to create competitive advantage for European companies allowing them to compete globally. This cloud platform will reduce start up costs, capital expenditure and energy consumption, slash operating costs and significantly shrink carbon footprint. It is an extremely exciting project to be involved in and we are proud to be leading this work for Europe,

– Tony Lucas, Flexiant’s founder explained in a company press release.

Flexiant already secured its place among the Top 200 most influential Cloud Computing companies worldwide. If the CumuloNimbo project succeeds, however, it will be well positioned to attack the leading positions not only in Europe but globally.

By Kiril Kirilov

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Conquering Disease with Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson

Conquering Disease with Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson

Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is growing increasingly pervasive in today’s modern world. Perhaps the most publicized and recognizable application of AI to date, IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, Watson, is now being used to help cure cancer. IBM announced the development of Watson for Genomics on Wednesday at the National Cancer Moonshot…

The Fundamentals of Predictive Analysis

The Fundamentals of Predictive Analysis

Predictive Analysis  Article sponsored by SAS Software and Big Data Forum Analytics is playing an increasingly important role in our lives thanks in large part to internet of things (IoT) developments and a greater appreciation of Big Data. With solutions that range across business productivity, health care, individual and national security, new insights are regularly…

Clouding Around With The Unicorns

Clouding Around With The Unicorns

The Social Unicorn Early investors and technology consumers alike love the poignantly named “Unicorn” companies, or private startups that reach the $1 billion valuation. The most recent unicorn spotting is social media game-changer Snapchat, which was recently valued at $16 billion. According to a recent infographic from Alexa discovered via Adweek, Snapchat also proves to…

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Security In The IoT The network security market is experiencing a pressing and transformative change, especially around access control and orchestration. Although it has been mature for decades, the network security market had to transform rapidly with the advent of the BYOD trend and emergence of the cloud, which swept enterprises a few years ago.…

Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Cost with Managed Printing Services

Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Cost with Managed Printing Services

Managed Printing Services This is a sponsored post written on behalf of HP MPS.  Today’s business leaders recognize the value of shared services, significantly providing a wide range of enterprises with the sophisticated tools they need to compete with big business, while additionally driving costs down. But an area often overlooked in our tech-savvy world…

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Successful digital marketing campaigns are being driven largely by trending technologies, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and The Cloud. These may be used for a huge number of marketing applications, from optimizing the performance of sports teams to improving science and research, even helping to aid law enforcement. Amazon Web…

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

Understanding the “Insider Threat”  The revelations that last month’s Sony hack was likely caused by a disgruntled former employee have put a renewed spotlight on the insider threat. The insider threat first received attention after Edward Snowden began to release all sorts of confidential information regarding national security. While many called him a hero, what…

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Staggering Size And Potential Of The Internet of Things Here’s a quick statistic that will blow your mind and give you a glimpse into the future. When you break that down, it translates to 127 new devices online every second. In only a decade from now, every single vehicle on earth will be connected…

Most Active Internet Of Things Investors In The Last 5 Years

Most Active Internet Of Things Investors In The Last 5 Years

Most Active Internet Of Things Investors A recent BI Intelligence report claimed that the Internet of Things (IoT) is on its way to becoming the largest device market in the world. Quite naturally, such exponential growth of the IoT market has prompted a number of high-profile corporate investors and smart money VCs to bet highly…

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud Cloud computing is more than just another storage tier. Imagine if you’re able to scale up 10x just to handle seasonal volumes or rely on a true disaster-recovery solution without upfront capital. Although the pay-as-you-go pricing model of cloud computing makes it a noticeable expense, it’s the only solution for many…

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services Business Intelligence (BI) services have recently seen an explosion of innovation and choices for business owners and entrepreneurs. So many choices, in fact, that many companies aren’t sure which business intelligence company to use. To help offer you a solution, we’ve compiled a list of 12 Business Intelligence companies…