Ipswich: Strident Computer Services invests in the ‘cloud’

SUFFOLK-based Strident Computer Systems has launched a state-of-the-art “cloud” computing centre, offering businesses new and flexible ways of working while also driving down cost.

The centre, at Strident’s offices within Crown House in Crown Street, Ipswich, is claimed to be the first facility of its kind in the town, and was officially opened by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer at an event also attended representatives from other local businesses and Strident partners, including Microsoft.

So-called “cloud” computing provides access to information and applications from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet while avoiding the need for businesses to purchase and maintain expensive computing capacity of their own.

Besides freeing capital for investment in other aspects of the business, this enables employees to work flexibly from any location, so helping the business to be more responsive, adaptable and competitive.

Andy Pope, managing director at Strident, which is a recognised Microsoft partner and provides IT services to organisations across the UK and beyond, said: “This is a not only a big step for Strident but an important move for Suffolk.

“The significant investment in our Ipswich cloud facility will enable local businesses access to email, documents and software applications such as Microsoft Office from any device with an internet connection, enabling them to work in new and more flexible ways.”

With Cloud services being dependent on strong broadband infrastructure, Strident is a support of the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign and cites the new datacentre as evidence of the appetite for faster broadband services in the county.

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Mr Pope added: “The internet provides the backbone for business and without continued investment, Suffolk companies will find slow internet speeds prohibitive.

“We fully support measures to increase internet speeds in the region as this will enable more businesses to benefit from innovative IT services and ultimately provide growth to our region’s economy.”