Interoute, the owner operator of one of Europe’s largest fibre networks, is offering a free cloud services platform to start ups worth up to 1,200 euros (£1,050) over a year.
The operator's free Jump StartUp package will give start-ups and developers access to a flexible, on-demand cloud hosting service via the Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC).
Interoute VDC can offer free data transfer across Europe, giving start-ups unrestricted access to Interoute’s fast fibre-based cloud computing service.
Start-ups will also have access to a scalable cloud storage platform as part of the one-year deal.
Interoute Jump StartUp comes with access to two VDC zones in Paris and Berlin, free inbound and outbound data transfer, direct console access and live online support.
The offer includes 2vCPU, 2GB RAM and 60 GB storage, "enough to build a variety of different-sized virtual machines with", said Interoute. Users can quickly and easily upgrade to Interoute’s full Virtual Data Centre offering and pay-as-you-grow pricing model if they want more, the operator said.
Matthew Finnie, CTO at Interoute, said: “Starting a business is tough, you need every second of the day to focus on product development, sales and marketing in order to drive revenues.
"Start-ups can’t afford to worry about whether or not their virtual servers are going to let them down. So access to reliable, scalable, lightning fast cloud computing gives them a great foundation for innovation."
Earlier this year football body Uefa said it was moving operations into the Interoute cloud.