IT infrastructure services and solutions provider Computacenter has launched a cloud offering to offer organisations the ability to adopt the cloud using a combination of onsite and offsite IT delivery models.

Named the Computacenter cloud computing (C3), its first product in the suite is C3Mail that it says is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of managing messaging infrastructures. According to the company, it offers organisations the flexibility of utilising a dedicated or shared infrastructure that is based within their own data centre or offsite at Computacenter's UK-based facilities.

It said that C3Mail is based on Microsoft Exchange 2010, guarantees 99.9 per cent availability and as Computacenter takes on the complete management of the email service, including full control and ownership of the infrastructure, security, migration and user administration, the need for third parties is eliminated and results in higher service levels and lower costs.

Neil Muller, director of services and solutions at Computacenter, said: “We understand that organisations don't want to move all their IT to the cloud at once, so our C3 approach is about working alongside companies to develop a pragmatic, step-by-step plan for blended IT service delivery with the assurance of flexible service levels and solid enterprise security. C3Mail is the first step in our cloud offering and will be followed by collaboration and virtual desktop services later in the year.

“Our approach is to focus on tried and tested methods to ensure the best value for our customers and we use our Shared Services Factory to capture the key elements of our most successful projects to help achieve this. Our C3 offering draws on this approach to give companies the confidence that the cloud will work for their needs."