UK Government's Office of the e-envoy selects Loudcloud for hosting of ukonline.gov.uk Thursday 15 November 2001 PDF Print Loudcloud's Opsware(tm) Automation Technology helps make ukonline.gov.uk more stable and reliable 15 November, 2001 - London - Loudcloud Inc. (NASDAQ: LDCL), the leading managed services provider, today announced that the Office of the e-Envoy (OeE) will outsource the Internet operations of ukonline.gov.uk, to Loudcloud. Ukonline.gov.uk, a key component of the Government's drive to deliver all government services electronically, will be hosted using Loudcloud's suite of cost effective managed services powered by its Opsware automation technology. The OeE, a part of the UK Government's Cabinet Office, is responsible for driving the government's online agenda. The goal of the UK Online campaign is to enable everyone who wants it to have access to the Internet by 2005, make all UK Government services available electronically by 2005, and to make the UK the best environment in the world for e-commerce. Ukonline.gov.uk is a key component to meeting these targets as it provides society with a single access point to all of the UK government's services and information. The combination of Loudcloud's managed services and its unique Opsware automation technology, which automates many of the tasks associated with running a major Web site, creates a reliable foundation that will power ukonline.gov.uk. By selecting Loudcloud, the OeE is re-affirming its commitment to provide the best possible service for society, both in terms of value for money and user experience when interacting with the Government. "ukonline.gov.uk has continued to grow in popularity since its launch as a pilot last December- and now receives a million 'hits' per week. This one stop shop for Government online is an integral part of the UK online campaign and therefore requires highly reliable and cost-effective Internet operations. Version 2, hosted by Loudcloud will enable us to pilot new technologies allowing greater innovation, additional features, better navigation and improved look and feel," said Andrew Pinder, e-Envoy of the United Kingdom. Loudcloud will provide the UK Government with all of the components required to create and maintain a world-class Web site including: site architecture, hardware and software selection, co-location, network connectivity, ongoing management and services, and the ability to automatically add bandwidth and services as the site grows. These services are enabled by Loudcloud's unique Opsware automation technology and backed by Loudcloud's industry-leading service level agreement (SLA) that ensures 24x7x365 service. "We are delighted to be working with the UK Government and the Office of the e-Envoy on what we consider a highly exciting and challenging initiative. ukonline.gov.uk is positioned to provide citizens with the ultimate online resource for issues and concerns affecting many aspects of transacting with government in the UK, from completing tax returns online to the latest government information on current issues. We look forward to working with the e-Envoy team to ensure the optimum quality of their Internet operations," said Ben Horowitz, CEO and president of Loudcloud. About UK online initiative A single web address (http://www.ukonline.gov.uk) gives access to all UK Government information and services online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The site was launched in December 2000 and regular enhancements are made to improve content and increase functionality. The priority in developing the site was to ensure a friendly and accessible experience whether you're new to the Internet or a frequent user. Content is organised around the needs of the citizen, to make dealing with government as easy and seamless as possible. For example 'Life episodes' enable the user to access all the information about a particular event without having to understand the workings of government. ukonline.gov.uk provides a structured way of accessing and linking to existing information available online. Once fully integrated, using ukonline.gov.uk in conjunction with the Government Gateway, it will be possible to carry out online transactions, like registering a birth online or submitting a tax return electronically from a single point of access. About the OeE The Office of the e-Envoy was set up in September 1999 as part of the Cabinet Office, and is headed by Andrew Pinder who was appointed e-Envoy in January 2001. The creation of the Office of the e-Envoy followed a central recommendation of the Performance and Innovation Unit's report. Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, is the e-Minister with overall responsibility for the Government's e-agenda. She champions the e-agenda at Cabinet level, provides the Prime Minister with monthly progress reports, and takes overall responsibility for the Government's e-strategy. Douglas Alexander, Minister of State for E-Commerce and Competitiveness, takes the day-to-day lead on e-commerce issues. Lord Macdonald of Tradeston CBE, oversees e-Government issues. The Office has responsibilities across the whole e-agenda, notably e-commerce and e-government. The Office has two main teams: 1. Policy Team - this team focuses on operational and infrastructure strategies. 2. Delivery Team - this team will take forward specific e-Envoy projects For more information, please visit our Web site at: http://www.e-envoy.gov.uk About Loudcloud Loudcloud is the leading managed service provider, offering a new solution for outsourcing global Internet operations for enterprise companies, application service providers and large-scale Internet businesses. Loudcloud moves beyond basic hosting or consulting services with its unique Opsware technology to automate, scale, and monitor Internet operation functions previously done by hand. Loudcloud manages its infrastructure network via a worldwide network of data centres and Network Operations Centres (NOCs) located in North America and Europe. For more information on Loudcloud, please visit our Web site at http://www.loudcloud.com For Press Contacts: Mike Moeller Loudcloud 408-744-7537 firstname.lastname@example.org Hannah Summers Éclat Marketing 00 44 1189 89 5600 00 44 7767 657716 email@example.com Rachel Bailey PR, e-Delivery Team, OeE +44 (0)20 7276 3231 firstname.lastname@example.org Loudcloud and Opsware are service marks and trademarks of Loudcloud, Inc. All other product names, service marks, and trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of eclat Marketing in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.