Vapour invests £0.25m in development of new cloud security product

Vapour invests £0.25m in development of new cloud security product

Yorkshire-based technology specialist Vapour has invested more than a quarter of a million pounds in the development of a new, secure cloud platform – Dfendr.

Likely to prove particularly popular with IT, telecoms and channel partners – as well as end users – the robust network has been created to provide a resilient infrastructure for organisations’ data.

Virtual servers with 99.99% uptime now promise users greater processing power, without the usual price tag. Hosted solely in Vapour’s UK data centres, the Dfendr cloud platform will allow businesses to manage their data safely, wherever they may be. Security controls will also regulate user access, and, in the event of an accidental deletion or cyber-attack, backed-up information will be recovered within one hour.

Commenting on the extensive investment in this new release, Vapour’s CEO and joint-founder Tim Mercer said: “The imminent advent of GDPR plus the mounting wave of ransomware incidents have sparked a far more detailed debate surrounding data security. Now technology firms and end customers alike are scrutinising the risks associated with their storage and retention strategies.

“However, mindful of the increased adoption of cloud solutions, we actually set to work on Dfendr long before GDPR hit the headlines. And, following extensive beta testing with one of our largest clients, we’re now ready to take the new secure network environment to market.”

Tim believes some of the biggest market potential for Dfendr exists within the technology space.

“Because everything is connected to our own private network, channel partners can now confidently deliver secure data storage and back-up services to their own customers. This presents an added revenue stream for their business, without the compliance headache and without them having to invest in creating their own platform,” he elaborated. “It’s all about mitigating risk and maximising margins.”

The launch of Dfendr comes following Vapour’s merger with EveryCloud 12 months ago. EveryCloud’s Manchester team is now fully integrated into Vapour’s 4,500sqft West Yorkshire headquarters, where the 31-strong firm now supplies network connectivity, hosted servers, varied voice and data communications solutions, as well as storage, back-up and replication services.

Vapour also secured £1m of investment from Seneca Partners in June 2017. At the time of the announcement, it was pledged that this capital would be used to fuel both technological development and technical hires within the company.