News
Jul
31

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Gold Partner status by Zerto; an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, as part of the Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Programme. Node4 is the only partner in the EMEA region to have been promoted to Gold Partner status by Zerto in Q2 2017.

Node4 and Zerto have been partners since 2014 when Node4 launched its DRaaS solution. Thanks to Zerto’s enterprise-class disaster recovery and business continuity software (specifically designed for a virtualised infrastructure) Node4 is able to offer its customers continuous replication of data and applications with an RPO (recovery point objective) of seconds. Using Zerto’s software Node4 also offers five-day journal-based replication that can recover data from multiple points over the same time period.

“We are more than a Zerto partner. We use Zerto’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) product internally to help with our everyday operations. Not only do we sell this to our customers but we also trust it for our own operations,” said Gregg Mearing, Head of Managed Services. “We are very proud to have achieved Gold Partner status, and are already working towards making the Platinum tier. This accreditation further adds to our skillset and enhances the Node4 continuity offering.”

The ZAP Programme is an annual, tiered programme offering Silver, Gold and Platinum membership levels based on a mutual agreement to drive strategic, global impact in the market. This Gold Partner status recognises Node4 for achieving an exceptional level of experience in helping customers deploy Zerto’s products, as well as the company’s revenue growth.

“With Zerto’s 100 per cent channel sales focus, it is essential we ensure that partners achieve success by providing them with the tools, programmes and training to grow their business by helping customers achieve IT resilience,” commented Ed Owen, EMEA Cloud Manager, Zerto. “Node4’s recent upgrade to Gold Partner status in the Zerto Alliance Partner programme demonstrates the value they’re benefitting from as they use the resources designed to increase tier level attainment and accelerate growth. This helps partners deliver on their customer commitment to provide exceptional IT consultation services that helps optimise operations in cloud-based environments.”


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Jul
28
Node4 achieves HSCN Compliance
Posted by Tom Hassan on 28 July 2017 10:44 AM

Node4 is proud to announce that it has become NHS’s Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) compliant.

This new achievement puts Node4 in a strong position to fulfil the company’s ambitious growth plans for this sector.

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network providing a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

Node4’s public sector team delivers the most effective and flexible application of technology to optimise business performance across the industry including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations. Node4’s HSCN compliance enables its team to sell connectivity services to the health and care sector.

Vicky Withey, Compliance Manager, Node4 comments; “The HSCN allows the health and social care to transform patient care and services through greater connectivity, making data and information fully accessible to clinicians, health and care professionals and citizens. Node4 has successfully completed the criteria required for HSCN compliance, including meeting rigorous third-party standards. We are one of the handful of organisations to achieve this standard and I am pleased that the public sector team can grow this market sector.”

“Now that Node4 is fully HSCN compliant, we are able to grow our presence in the health and care sector. We are able to provide our connectivity services and HCS collaboration platform to end users; and help the NHS and other organisations alike with security infrastructure challenges. We can further build new relationships and enhance our key capabilities in this sector, particularly with our unique proposition being a leading UK IT and Communications provider with solely owned data centres,” said Paula Johnston, Head of Public Sector at Node4.

Paul Bryce, Business Development Director, Node4, adds; “The HSCN compliance enables us to continue to build on our success in the health and care sector and deliver high quality, reliable connectivity services and other technologies to customers in this area.”


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Jun
7

Node4 announces the opening ceremony of a new office and Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Nottingham. The new midlands base cements Node4’s three-year plan to substantially grow the business.

The Nottingham office enables Node4 to expand its geographic presence in the Midlands and tap into a dynamic city that offers a strong base of potential customers and employees. Node4’s Security Operations Centre and its dedicated team of security experts will also move to Nottingham, where it will provide 24/7 monitoring for the company’s Managed Security Service clients, as well as Node4’s own network infrastructure.

Andrew Gilbert, CEO at Node4 commented: “Our brand-new Nottingham office is indicative of our future growth plans and ongoing commitment to our existing customer-base. We have been working with customers from Nottingham for many years now, and as our business continues to grow, the necessity to ensure local support on the ground has increased. Nottingham-based businesses will benefit from localised customer support and technical expertise across the region, allowing us to serve existing customers in the best possible way as well as attract new ones.”

 


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May
31

Node4 achieves Master Designation worldwide to sell and deliver UC as a Service

Node4 has achieved the Cisco® Master Service Provider (CMSP) designation for a new category; the Cisco Powered UC as a Service based on HCS (HCS).

Node4 has also successfully met all criteria required to renew the Master Service Provider designation for Cisco Powered Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Node4 will continue to be identified as a Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner in the Cisco Partner Locator.

The CMSP is a comprehensive framework that recognises, helps to enable, and rewards partners who offer cloud, managed, or virtual managed services based on Cisco technologies.

CMSP accredited providers must meet various Cisco requirements to prove that they have the ability to develop, deliver, manage, and support Cisco-based cloud and managed service solutions.

This certification by CMSP recognises that Node4 has achieved an elite level of expertise to sell and deliver cloud based and managed services. To be able to offer these services as Cisco Powered Services, Node4 needed to complete a rigorous third-party audit. This audit verifies that services are delivered with enterprise-class reliability, security and support.

Node4 is one of a few number of Cisco partners to have invested time and money into the CMSP accreditation.

“Renewing the Master Service Provider designation was very important to us at Node4. Achieving the designation for the new UCaaS, HCS based solution in addition to the original two clearly validates Node4’s commitment to delivering world-class cloud infrastructures and services,”

Andrew Gilbert, CEO, Node4.

“Through this accreditation, our customers can be confident they are working with the right partner to help them fulfil the potential of deploying cloud solutions, with a best practice approach to managing and designing Cisco-based solutions.”

The Master Service Provider designation also recognizes Node4’s investment and commitment to providing cloud and managed services at Cisco’s highest standards. The shared goal is to help businesses and organisations realize faster time to value.


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May
22

Node4, has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 9, the UK Government’s cloud services procurement framework. Node4’s N4 Private Cloud, Cyber Security Services, NetApp Private Storage as a Service (NPSaaS), Storage as a Service (STaaS), Backup as a Service (BUaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) powered by Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions are listed on the framework, making these available to UK public sector organisations.

“A number of public sector organisations are increasing their use of cloud services due to its flexibility and cost savings. G-Cloud 9 makes it easier for organisations to check which types of suppliers meet the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) approval criteria and readily engage with them. Being a G-Cloud9 supplier means that public sector services have better access to Node4’s solutions to run mission-critical systems and services,”

said Paula Johnston, Head of Public Sector at Node4.

Node4’s presence on the G-Cloud 9 directory of suppliers means that its services are available and can now be accessed by organisations across the UK public sector without the need for a full tender or competition procurement process.

These organisations include central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

The CCS, which oversees the G-Cloud framework and Digital Marketplace, acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity. This agreement supports the Government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated commercial function at the heart of government.

Organisations can access the G-Cloud 9 list through the Government’s Digital Marketplace.

G-Cloud 9 is a procurement framework within the Digital Marketplace which allows the public sector to buy cloud-based services from specialised suppliers. These suppliers have been through a rigorous tender process to meet the minimum standards required by the public sector. Products and services can be procured quicker and with considerable more ease than traditional procurement frameworks. The framework is regularly refreshed so public sector organisations can always access the most up to date and cutting-edge cloud solutions.

Suppliers are showcased in the Digital Marketplace, a web-based shop window offering a large range of services divided into four categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Specialist Cloud Services (SCS), with clear definitions and transparent price structures.


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Apr
27
UC Mid-Market Report
Posted by Tom Hassan on 27 April 2017 09:30 AM

Mid-market needs to tackle untapped Unified Communications potential to address workforce productivity challenge

  • 56% of mid-market companies say workforce productivity is a top priority
  • Only 52% have implemented UC
  • Just  one in five is ‘very satisfied’ with UC system
  • Biggest bugbears include cost, audio conference facilities and lack of social integration

56% of mid-market companies say workforce productivity is a top priority, but only 52% have invested in a UC system and the majority are missing out on the full collaborative potential of UC for their businesses. As well as being too expensive, mid-market UC bugbears include sub-optimal audio-conferencing facilities, poor data sharing abilities and failure to integrate with company social networks.

This mid-market UC dissatisfaction is highlighted in a new report published today by Cloud and Data Centre and Communications specialist, Node4, titled ‘UC deployment amongst mid-market businesses in 2017’. The report is based on research which examines the IT priorities of mid-market companies with a turnover of £15- £800m.

While supporting the needs of the modern workforce is a priority for 40% of the mid-market, the uptake of tools to support this is seemingly lagging behind workplace expectations. Only 18% benefit from fully-featured UC including voice, video, mobile convergence, file sharing, presence, integration with social media and other business software.

Just one in five is ‘very satisfied’ with their UC system, which is perhaps not surprising given that 70% are missing out on full collaborative features and making do with voice functionality, fixed mobile convergence, video conferencing and a few additional collaboration features.

However, on a more positive note, those that haven’t yet implemented UC are either running a pilot (17%), planning a trial in the next 12 months (12%) or considering various UC options for their business (12%). The study suggests that the mid-market is just beginning to embrace UC as a service (UCaaS), which represents one in ten UC deployments in our study.

“In the last year we’ve sensed real hunger within the mid-market for the kind of advanced, fully-featured UC systems that, until recently, only the largest enterprises have been able to afford,” commented Simon Herbert, Cloud Solution Development Specialist, Cisco. “There’s an enormous opportunity here. It’s only right that more advanced functionality should start to migrate down the chain via a UcaaS model. We’re delighted to see that Node4 enabling this transition and offering its partners a clear route to addressing this need.”

Paul Bryce, Commercial Director at Node4 commented: “Mid-market companies are expecting to create thousands of new jobs by 2020. Many of these employees will expect to be able to move seamlessly between multiple communications types to collaborate with colleagues. Being able to meet their needs will be crucial to recruiting and retaining the right talent.

“Yet our research shows that the mid-market is still a long way from realising the full potential of UC for employee collaboration. This is partly because enterprise-class UC systems have been unaffordable and inaccessible for the mid-market. However UC, as a service, is now available meeting an obvious market need for advanced, fully-featured UC systems at an affordable price.”

Node4 has recently launched a new UCaaS solution, which brings enterprise-class UCaaS to the mid-market, with all the features of Cisco HCS. These include voice, video, instant messaging and presence, teleconferencing, voicemail and integrated messaging, mobility, and contact centre functionality.

The new report by Node4 entitled ‘Mid-market UC Deployment in 2017:Are mid-sized companies reaping the benefits of UC for improved business performance?’ can be downloaded here.

To book an appointment to see a demo of Node4’s game-changing new mid-market system at UC Expo, or to discuss Node4’s views regarding UC and the mid-market, contact node4@wildfirepr.com.


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