At Huddle, we’re big believers in the cloud and all the benefits it can bring to organizations. Scalability, flexibility, a reduction in the management overheads of technology infrastructure and cross-firewall collaboration are just some of the advantages that spring to mind.

These are just some of the many reasons that more than 90,000 organizations, 75 per cent of Fortune 500 companies and more than 60 per cent of UK central government departments use Huddle to securely manage content and collaborate in the cloud.

However, while the majority of the market is well-placed to reap the benefits of public cloud offerings, for some sectors there are regulatory compliance issues that make placing certain types of data in the public cloud impossible. For this reason, I’m pleased to announce the launch of a private version of Huddle – Huddle IL3.

At Huddle, we love being first and Huddle IL3 is the first commercial public cloud service to be modified and accredited for pan-government collaboration on RESTRICTED data. Huddle IL3 also sees us move into the hybrid cloud market and demonstrates our ability to provide government customers with access to private data stores for more highly classified data.

The first private instance of Huddle, Huddle IL3 is being implemented with the UK’s FCO Services, government experts in secure ICT services. Hosted on FCO Services’ Government Secure Application Environment (GSAE) cloud infrastructure, Huddle IL3 will enable UK government organizations to collaborate securely on classified content up to and including IL3 (also known as RESTRICTED). By enabling people across government to securely share documents, review content and discuss ideas in one central place, Huddle IL3 will significantly increase efficiency and reduce costs.

With between 30 and 50 per cent of work between government departments and agencies in both the US and UK carried out at restricted level, there will soon be a collaboration application to support users and help them to get their job done.  Have you ever tried to collaborate on a 300 page policy document with 50 people, over email? It’s not fun.

With the conflict between the European Union’s Data Protection Directive and the US Patriot Act recently in the spotlight, we’re seeing significant demand from multi-national organizations for the benefits of cloud software combined with the security of content stored in a specific geography.

With this new product, we are now able to serve our biggest customers in global deployments of Huddle. With the US government experiencing the same issues, we’ll be launching a service in the US next year.

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