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eircom Business has announced a cloud technology partnership with ePubDirect, the Cork based digital publishing company, which will support ePubDirect in meeting its growth strategy to become the world’s largest e-book supplier to the book publishing and online retailing industry.  The three year deal, initially valued at €120K, will see eircom provide one of Ireland’s fastest growing online businesses with cloud computing and network services to manage its Internet-based portal and back-end business processing systems.  ePubDirect’s business model is wholly dependent on its Internet delivery platform, requiring 24x7x365 availability.       

Established in 2010, ePubDirect provides comprehensive eBook management and distribution services to publishers, converting titles to the digital medium and enabling them to get their eBook titles to a network of online retailers quickly and efficiently.  In addition to digital publishing, the company handles all storage, distribution, administration, billing and sales analytics reporting on behalf of its clients, which include major Irish, UK, European and US publishing houses.  Today, ePubDirect supplies eBook titles to more than 1,000 on-line retailers, including Amazon, Apple and Google Play, and over 45,000 libraries across the world.

eircom has designed and implemented a cloud computing infrastructure solution, powered by Amazon Web Services, that enables ePubDirect to seamlessly migrate and transfer its IT portal, applications, server and data infrastructure to the cloud, reducing the inherent overheads and capital expenditure investments that are required with direct in-house management as the business scales.

With this latest cloud technology investment, the company can now benefit from a more agile and secure deployment and development environment, where the business has greater ability to scale its use of IT infrastructure on a pay per use basis, at lower cost, while providing more effective management and control of its IT services.  Having eircom Business provide a fully managed service supporting its cloud infrastructure allows ePubDirect to concentrate on designing, implementing and operating new features and functionality to its applications and overall ePubDirect production system.

Gareth Cuddy, Founder and CEO at ePubDirect explains, As an award winning eBook Distribution Service our customer needs are at the forefront everything we do. As our client base, eBook assets and sales channels continue to grow internationally, the company needs to ensure that our service is supported by a world-class secure and scalable platform. The eircom cloud solution, powered by Amazon Web Services, was our platform of choice, allowing us to move to a higher performance, resilient and scalable platform with no upfront investment in equipment.  eircom’s ability to develop a solution that meets our requirements, from the service specification to the commercials, all backed up with best practice standards and a comprehensive service level agreement, were key elements in our overall selection criteria.

Enda Doyle, Director of Cloud Services, eircom Business, said: We are delighted to be working so closely with such an exciting and fast growing business that is truly utilising technology to forge ahead in the global marketplace.  The ePubDirect business is a perfect model to showcase how eircom’s cloud-based offering, powered by Amazon Web Services, can make a real difference and deliver significant business benefits while maintaining the company’s commitment to a customer experience revolved around simplicity, security and agility. For ePubDirect, we were able to migrate its systems to the Amazon cloud platform from day one, providing immediate ability and reassurance that the platform has the highest levels of availability and unconstrained scalability to meet customer demands.

For more details visit eircom website

Press Release

Release Date: 10th December 2013

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