International digital transformation services consultancy, UBDS, is expanding its North West operations by partnering with MediaCity-based innovation hub HOST.

UBDS’ new Infrastructure Operations Centre (IOC) will support businesses with their digital infrastructure and will be based alongside HOST Cyber, which houses its own Security Operations Centre (SOC).

Together, the collaboration of the HOST and UBDS operations centres will offer organisations of all sizes across the UK a fully managed, secure and scalable 24-hour security, cloud and network service.

As one of the UK’s leading cloud transformation organisations, UBDS continues to grow and deliver world class digital transformations covering cloud infrastructure, networks, applications, the digital workplace and data analytics.

Their customers include the Department for Work and Pensions, Lloyds Banking Group, Tilney Smith & Williamson, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Salford City Council.

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UBDS will have direct access to highly skilled and diverse talent from HOST’s Skills City.

Craig Warmington, chief delivery officer at UBDS, said: “We are thrilled to be based in the North West at MediaCity, Salford. We have fantastic clients in the region, achieving some amazing results together and delivering on our purpose of empowering clients to realise significant, measurable and sustainable digital transformation gains.

“We look forward to creating relationships with our HOST neighbours and local universities, as we collaborate, innovate and transform together, by exploiting advanced cloud technologies.”

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4 Group, operator of HOST, said: “We are proud to collaborate with UBDS to create this unique offering, a pioneering Security Operations Centre coupled with an Infrastructure Operations Centre, that will contribute to the acceleration of digital transformation across the North West and beyond.

“This unique infrastructure will also allow us to nurture new innovation, support entrepreneurs to scale and validate their technology and plug the skills gap by training local and diverse talent within a live commercial environment, creating the most capable and industry ready talent pipeline anywhere in the country.”