Former Sequence Post founder Ben Foakes has launched a ‘Storage as a Service’ company for the media industry.

Base Media Cloud will offer pay per use, cloud-based solutions to address what it described as “exponential growth in volumes of high quality media files being acquired, stored and delivered” by media companies.

The company has already secured a deal with All3Media subsidiary Little Dot Studios to supply cloud storage with Signiant Media Shuttle integration.

The managed platform is built around Zadara Storage technology with integration with file transfer and work flow software applications from Signiant and Aspera.

It is hosted in the UK by Vodafone Cloud and Hosting Services and connected to Vodafone’s backbone fibre network.

The company said there would not be any retrieval charges or long term contracts.

Users can choose from two options: ‘simple’, which is priced at £35 per terabyte per month for “3-way mirror copies of every media file stored”, or a ‘premium’ service that uses Zadara’s ‘virtual private storage arrays’ and is charged by the hour.

Base founder and managing director Ben Foakes said: “Our business model has been inspired by years of hands-on experience in production, post and technology services, working across multiple media disciplines from commercials and broadcast to digital feature film.

“We offer cost-effective, easy to use solutions for media companies to help them save money, grow their core creative businesses and remove the pain of technology purchase and management.

“Our Storage as a Service products have been designed to deal with significant growth in volumes of raw footage, masters and project assets that need to be securely stored and accessed by our clients 24/7, on demand.

Foakes stepped down as managing director of Sequence in January last year.

“This is just the beginning of our roadmap to provide end-to-end, software powered media work flows in the cloud.”