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British tech firm WANdisco partners with AWS to accelerate shift to cloud

September 28 2020

WANdisco, one of Britain's biggest listed technology firms, has struck a deal with Amazon's cloud business to roll out a tool that can accelerate the shift of traditional businesses online during the pandemic.

The AIM-listed company, dually-headquartered in Sheffield and California, has partnered with Amazon Web Services to launch LiveData Migrator, a system to support businesses looking to move on-site data to a centralised location on the cloud.

The company has previously worked with Amazon to facilitate this process for clients, but its old product would take “several weeks to install”. According to David Richards, WANdisco’s chief executive and co-founder, the tool installs in “15 seconds”.

The partnership comes as businesses around the world attempt to find ways to adapt to remote working measures, driving a surge in demand for cloud computing services.

The British firm’s technology has already been tested by GoDaddy, an internet domain service, which has used it to migrate 500 terabytes of data. Mr Richards claimed that doing this previously would have been difficult without disrupting their business.

“There is a fundamental shift away from companies storing data in their own data centres. That's just not going to happen moving forward,” Mr Richards said. “Companies really need to get to the cloud as quickly as they possibly can.”

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