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Your cloud requirements are unique and OCF's range of Cloud Services are designed to ensure you get the best of all worlds.  We provide consultancy to help you on your cloud journey; whether that’s private, public or hybrid cloud and container infrastructure and services for your digital transformation; and management platforms to help you keep it all under control.  We understand your business challenges and will be with you from design to operating.

Technology Partners

Our network of technology partners enables us to create tailor-made solutions that exceed your expectations. Our strong partnerships help us to make sure that you receive the highest standards of service and the best technology to suit your varied requirements.


We’ve been at the forefront of cloud deployments for several years assisting research establishments in managing their data effectively. 

OCF has built a pedigree in hybrid HPC and OpenStack deployments. For example, the University of Exeter project is capable of bursting from HPC into OpenStack and, should the need arise, of bursting to public cloud from OpenStack as well. OpenStack can absorb and scale additional hypervisors should service demand making this a flexible and future-proof offering. In 2017, our customer MRC eMedLab won the UK Cloud Awards for the ‘Best Public Sector Project’ category. You can read more about this over on the blog



Cloud Infrastructure

Gives you a flexible infrastructure that allows you tailor your resources to your ever changing needs.

By building a private Cloud Infrastructure you can have the flexibility to reassign resource to meet your most pressing needs at any given point in time, without having to constrain your users.  A private cloud allows you to build your infrastructure from commodity hardware and manage it thorough scripting and automation. By using it to manage and automate pools of hardware resources, providing infrastructure can be done at a lower cost than having to provision kit specifically for a given purpose. Ultimately, you are achieving better use and allocation of your resources – making your hardware work harder for the money you’ve invested in it – avoiding any wasted resource.


OpenStack gives you greater visibility of your entire IT infrastructure and exactly what is being run on every server. It gives greater control and faster provisioning of servers when required, together with the ability to bring up and tear down the entire server environment in minutes, rather than in weeks and months. With OpenStack, you can have better visibility of your infrastructure and the ability to test different environments without the extra cost of new hardware. Some people think OpenStack is just virtualisation, but that isn’t the case. Its advantages go far beyond that, as it allows you to rapidly create and adapt your infrastructure much quicker than you could normally do with just a virtual machine sitting on a server.

It is a big undertaking so it’s advisable to run a proof of concept environment with an experienced OpenStack integrator. You need to be sure it will work for you and will solve your existing problems. As technical innovators, we have already worked with various organisations who have been slowly migrating over to an Infrastructure as a Service. At the other end of the scale, we have also seen companies so ‘on board’ with OpenStack, that you need to submit a written application to purchase a new server, demonstrating any additional activity can’t be done within the existing OpenStack environment.

OCF has the people, expertise and resources to help you make the best decision as to whether OpenStack is right for your organisation and, if you chose to, implement a fully supported Open Source or Enterprise version of OpenStack.


Software containers (such as Docker) are tools which are widely used in DevOps, which is concerned with the development, deployment, and management of applications. Containers allow you to divide the code that makes up your application into individual units, which makes it simpler to alter or update a unit of the application without affecting the entire system.  It can also allow you to use a multitude of languages in the development of a single applications, giving you the ability to use the best code for each component task of your application.  Containers are similar to virtual machines in that they act like a computer within a computer and are separated from the host computer, which means they can’t affect the host computer’s operating systems. The advantage that containers have is that they require less resource because they use virtual copies of the operating systems, not the hardware — which allows them to run more quickly and efficiently.  As well as being a more efficient way to run code on a system, containers can provide an easier route to reproducible workflows (a key requirement for good scientific research) due to their lack of reliance on a specific version of an Operating System or Library.

OCF can help you take advantage of containerisation on a variety of platforms including HPC, a dedicated PaaS and Private or Public Cloud infrastructure using the best Open Source or Enterprise tools.

Hybrid Cloud

Your data is the lifeblood of your organisation and should be kept secure and access controlled. All organisations have data that they cannot allow to be outside of their control, whether it’s for regulatory, legal, competitive or moral reasons.  But, this does not mean that you have to miss out on the advantages that Cloud Infrastructure can bring.  At OCF we firmly believe that a Hybrid Cloud approach is likely to fit most organisations - it provides the advantages of Public Cloud with the control and safety of a Private cloud.  By the proper implementation of a comprehensive Cloud Management Platform you can control your data flows, your public cloud budgets and automate your compliance workflows allowing you to easily provide evidence that you are meeting your obligations and more.

Case Studies


HPC Cloud Environment Supports Cancer, Cardio-Vascular and Rare Diseases Research

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Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown,
Sheffield, S35 2PG

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