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Cloud Hosting Proving Compelling Proposition for Major Brands as iomart Hosting Wins New Contracts

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 03/03/11 -- iomart Group (AIM: IOM), the cloud hosting and managed hosting services company, continues to see strong demand through its iomart Hosting business, for the outsourcing of IT services to the cloud.

iomart Hosting is now closing between 30 to 40 new orders per month from both new and existing customers, having won several significant new contracts in the past few months.

Four recently signed contracts, from both new and existing customers, for the provision of a range of complex hosting services, have a combined contractual value in excess of GBP 1.8m. These contracts provide further evidence that cloud and virtualised environments are fast becoming the de facto method of delivering technology services and applications at the enterprise level.

New contracts have been secured with office2office, the specialist provider of managed procurement and business critical services, GMG Radio, part of Guardian Media Group, one of Britain's leading radio businesses encompassing the Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio brands, a leading pan European network provider and a well known recruitment company.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group commented, "We believe that cloud computing has reached a tipping point, and has significantly moved through the early adopter phase over the past six months. Almost every company, regardless of sector or size that we speak to is considering either a full or part cloud solution for their IT needs."

"The differing flavours, or definitions, of cloud computing are now becoming widely accepted and understood, and definite purchasing trends are beginning to emerge. We are finding that the micro business is embracing the public cloud, whilst the enterprise and mid market is seeking the reassurance, scalability, security and reliability that a high availability hybrid or private cloud offers."

MacSween added: "Managing diverse computing environments consisting of multiple hardware platforms, operating systems and applications is becoming the critical success factor for the enterprise when migrating and consolidating in the cloud, and they are seeking a trusted supplier as an enabler. It is our high availability cloud offering that represents our sweet spot, with our proven technical capabilities, coupled with our own UK data centres and network infrastructure, proving an attractive and compelling proposition for both new and existing customers."

iomart intends to issue a group trading update around the end of its financial year, being 31 March 2011.

About iomart Group plc

iomart Group is one of the UK's leading providers of managed hosting and cloud computing services. From a single server through to private cloud networks, iomart specialises in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services, enabling customers to reduce the costs, complexity and risks associated with maintaining their own web and online applications.

By physically owning and managing its own network infrastructure, including five state-of-the-art data centres in the UK, iomart offers world-beating levels of service to its customers. The Group offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee with all hosting services being engineered to ensure no single point of failure.

Services offered include: Cloud Computing, Managed Hosting, Colocation, Complex Hosting solutions, Content Delivery Networks, IP Transit, Data Centre Services and Cloud Applications.

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