London, UK – 25 April, 2017 – Six Degrees Group and its subsidiary company, Carrenza, today announced that they have enabled Fourth, the world’s leading cloud-based cost control solutions provider to the hospitality industry, to expand its services in the U.S.

Two new Carrenza cloud availability zones, launched in Washington D.C. and Chicago, will provide Fourth with a complete multi-tenant Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that looks, feels and operates in exactly the same way as its underlying infrastructure in the UK.

Fourth’s real-time software solutions, delivered via the cloud, allow hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants to control functions such as inventory management, procurement, payroll and workforce planning.  Following its 2015 acquisition by New York-based Insight Venture Partners, Fourth required a cloud partner that could support the conversion of all of its Software as a Service (SaaS) based hospitality systems to be compatible with U.S. law.

In order to align its best-of-breed service in Europe and the U.S., Carrenza has ensured that the two new availability zones have exactly the same architecture as its three existing zones that sit in the UK and Amsterdam, meaning customers such as Fourth can consume the same Carrenza service model wherever they are.

David Gibson, Global Technical Operations Manager at Fourth, commented: “With over 1,200 customers worldwide, including Pizza Express, Hilton and Caffè Nero, and working in the industry that we do, it is essential that our platforms are running 24x7x365. We have built a company that is underpinned by a robust and reliable cloud solution and it was important for us to maintain this when expanding state-side. Having partnered with Carrenza in the UK for over a decade, we trust their IaaS solution and their people, and were in no doubt that they would be able to scale and provide the flexible infrastructure that we’ve come to expect.”

Matthew McGrory, Managing Director at Carrenza, concluded: “Our two new availability zones enable the expansion of the Carrenza multi-tenant cloud portfolio and will help UK businesses that have a presence in the U.S. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Brexit in the news, data sovereignty is a hot topic right now and as UK businesses continue to architect across different countries, it is imperative they know where their data is and how it is controlled. For Fourth, this expansion is an evolution of the partnership we have held for 15 years and it is a privilege to assist them in the next phase of their journey by building our infrastructure in the U.S. Fourth will benefit from a highly flexible solution that allows them to choose how they provision resources and to scale up on demand to meet the needs of their extensive client base.”

Acquired by Six Degrees in 2016, Carrenza provides IaaS, Disaster Recovery (DR), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. The new cloud availability zones enable Carrenza and the rest of Six Degrees Group to help their clients grow in the U.S. confident in the knowledge that the security and necessary accreditations are in place.