The Power of a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Scalable, cost-effective, secure and flexible, GNT Data Centre's Hybrid Cloud service bridges the gap between the high-security private cloud and the low-security public cloud. This combination of both types of cloud computing allows businesses to keep the cost of ensuring the security and integrity of their data to a minimum by only using a private cloud environment when absolutely necessary. Where security is not the primary concern, a hybrid cloud set-up allows data and applications to use a less secure private cloud, thereby reducing costs quite considerably.

As a real-world example of how a hybrid cloud set-up could benefit a business, an ecommerce website could be hosted within a secure private cloud environment, which is highly secure and extremely scalable, but also more expensive, while their corporate brochure or information portal is hosted in a public cloud, which is less secure than a private cloud but is also far more cost-effective. As another example, a financial business could store sensitive client data within a private cloud, but at the same time allow employees to collaborate on project documents in a public cloud where they can be accessed by remote users in any location.

Other Data Centre Solutions

In addition to helping businesses design, build and implement a hybrid cloud infrastructure, we also offer other cloud infrastructure services that can be tailored to suit your requirements, including Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), PCI DSS Compliance and Platform as a Service (PaaS). For more information about these or any other service we provide, please get in touch.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Delivered from our highly secure and ultra-reliable UK-based data centre facilities, our PaaS solution allows you to develop, deploy and manage software applications rapidly in an environment built and optimised to your individual requirements. We manage all of the languages, libraries, services, tools and other application and database components, ensuring each is fine-tuned to meet the needs of the application being deployed.

Working closely with your development team, we create a service catalogue ready-made for you. With multiple pre-configured templates accommodating the specific versions of the libraries, applications, servers and services required, delivery of these resources is automated to ensure fast time to market – with the unequalled levels of PCI compliance, security and availability that come as standard with GNT Data Centre.

The Benefits of our ‘Platform as a Service’ Solution

Whether you’re building an application which you plan to offer over the internet or software to be sold out of the box, our Platform as a Service solution offers the perfect development and deployment environment. Web developers can use individual PaaS environments at every stage of the process to develop, test and ultimately host their websites; while businesses that are developing their own internal software can also use PaaS to create distinct testing and development environments.

No Need to Invest in Physical Infrastructure

Using our virtual infrastructure has both cost benefits and practical benefits. With The GNT Data Centre's PaaS solution our clients have no need to purchase any hardware themselves or even employ the expertise to manage it. This leaves them free to spend more time on developing and managing their applications. As with our Hardware as a Service (HaaS) solution, another of the major benefits is that clients only need to rent the resources they need rather than spend money on equipment that may not be used very often.

Flexibility & Adaptability

PaaS clients can control the tools that are installed within their environments and are able to create a platform that suits their specific requirements. This allows developers to select only those features that are absolutely essential to the smooth running of their software and applications, and also enables them to add additional features as and when required.

Remote Collaboration

PaaS enables teams of developers in different locations to work together. As an internet connection and browser are all that’s required, distributed teams of developers can simultaneously collaborate on projects, thereby saving time and increasing productivity.

PCI DSS v3.1 Compliance


GNT Data Centre’s PCI-compliant managed hosting service is available as a shared, dedicated or virtual hosting environment. Built on IBM infrastructure and Egenera software technologies, it combines all of the services necessary – log management, event management, change control processes – to not only assure compliance, but provide genuine business advantage through increased efficiency and the economies of scale delivered by our highly secure and high availability cloud infrastructure. We also provide fully dedicated solutions for those that do not want to employ a cloud infrastructure.

Professional PCI Compliance Services

Any company that stores, processes or transmits credit card data must maintain a secure hosting environment and comply with the security requirements set out in PCI DSS V3.1. How PCI compliant a company’s hosting environment is will depend on a number of factors, such as data flows, network segregation, the role performed within the payment cycle, services offered and so on. GNT Data Centre makes it easy to achieve and maintain PCI DSS compliance through our professional PCI DSS services.


We offer Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) services that provide a full audit trail of everything our technical teams do when accessing an environment. All log data is transferred securely to an independent and accredited Security Operations Centre (SOC), where it is kept totally secure and available for forensic investigation should an incident occur.


PCI DSS v3.1 demands rigorous due diligence because it puts the responsibility of compliance for all 12 key areas on the business itself – irrespective of whether it is working with a third-party specialist. With the threat of fines of up to £100 per credit card affected by a breach, it pays to partner with a digital security expert who sees compliance as a way of achieving operational best practice for security.

Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS)


GNT Data Centre's IaaS combines infinitely scalable IBM infrastructure and Egenera orchestration and management software with industry-leading virtual hardware delivered from our highly secure UK-based data centres. You can deploy both virtual and physical server sets from a common platform and benefit from sophisticated ITIL-based monitoring and management with our on-site customer service desk, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

With our protected Windows, Unix and Linux environments, up to four additional levels of security and full encryption available, our IaaS is inherently secure. It ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of your mission critical data throughout its journey in the cloud – from desktop to data centre to device.

In common with our Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution, IaaS can be used to create cost-effective and highly scalable IT solutions where the complexities of managing the underlying hardware are handled by us. If the scale and demand of your operations fluctuate or expand, IaaS allows you to harness cloud resource as and when required rather than purchase, install and integrate hardware yourself, thereby saving time and money.


Our Hybrid Cloud model is a combination of two or more clouds (private or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by technology that enables data and application portability across both clouds depending on security and control requirements.

With Hybrid Cloud, you can migrate critical applications, data and processes to a private cloud (whether dedicated, dedicated virtualised or multi-tenanted) for maximum security and integrity, and migrate test and development or web-facing services to a public cloud in order to benefit from complete flexibility, scalability and the utility billing model.


Historically provisioned on dedicated physical systems and storage, private cloud computing delivers similar advantages to public cloud computing, including scalability and self-service, but through a proprietary architecture. While public clouds deliver services to multiple organisations, a private cloud is dedicated to a single organisation and is managed and operated either on premises by internal or third-party teams, or externally by a Managed Services Provider (MSP) as an outsourced service.

Choosing GNT Data Centre as your private cloud service provider means you can benefit from the highest levels of data security and availability in the UK. We combine the best in physical, human and digital security, and offer a wide range of options for access control, encryption and segregation to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your cloud-based applications and data.


The PCI DSS standards v3.1 introduced in June 2015 means information security is more than a tick-box exercise in compliance. With the threat of fines of up to £100 per card affected by a breach, it pays to partner with an expert who sees PCI compliance as a way of achieving operational best practice for security.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

GNT Data Centre’s DRaaS is a cost-effective solution that guarantees your business critical applications and data are available rapidly in the event of a partial or full disaster. It accommodates any combination of physical and virtual infrastructure and enables you to consolidate backup and DR within a single, secure and high availability environment for a fixed monthly cost.