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Jul
26
Node4 appoints Bill Thomas as Chairman
Posted by Tom Hassan on 26 July 2017 04:12 PM

Node4 announces the new appointment of Bill Thomas as Chairman.

Mr Thomas brings an impressive track record to his new role as Chairman with Node4, where he will help develop Node4’s strategy, focusing on building synergies and aligning with customer experience.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Bill joins the Node4 team at a critical time, when we are gearing up to continue expanding and growing. We knew that we needed a Chairman of the right calibre to help us innovate, widen our market and improve the customer journey and experience. We felt that Bill’s successful career in IT & communications, together with his passion for a customer-focused approach made him the perfect fit for Node4. I am happy to welcome him, and look forward to working together to help Node4 fulfil our ambitious plans.”

Bill Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in the IT services sector, having worked for over 20 years with EDS and Hewlett Packard, both in the US and in Europe where he ran the EMEA services business. Prior to his appointment as Chairman at Node4, Bill Thomas has also held a number of high profile non-executive director roles at several companies; including the Co-Op Bank plc, Balfour Beatty plc, GFI Software, XChanging PLC, Spirent Communications and VFS.

Mr Thomas said: “I joined Node4 because I think the firm has all the hallmarks of a truly great IT Services company. I was most impressed by the culture that Andy Gilbert and the team have created which puts client centric innovation at the heart of everything it does. Node4 has a particular capability of supporting high growth companies who see IT as a source of competitive advantage. I am delighted to be invited to join the team and look forward to meeting colleagues and clients, and playing my part in enabling Node4 to realise its potential.”

Bill Thomas’ appointment follows a period of sustained success and growth for Node4. Over the last three years Node4 has tripled its staff, grown its customer base to over 1000, and expanded its geographical presence and cloud services portfolio. Last year, it also announced a new principle investor, Bowmark Capital, which has committed £40m of follow-up funding for Node4’s ambitious growth and acquisition plans over the next three years.


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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
6

Node4 crowned fastest-growing Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) for 2016

We’re proud to announce that Node4 has been awarded by Veeam® Software as the fastest-growing Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) for 2016 at this year’s Veeam Partner Summit in Surrey. This award recognises the Veeam partner that has demonstrated the most progress, growth and success in providing availability solutions to its customers, which is especially important for us as we always have our customers front of mind.

In 2015, Node4 became a Gold Cloud Provider of Veeam® Software to ensure its Cloud customers benefitted from the very best in cutting edge data availability solutions. So, this means that our customers now have the ability to back up any type of data regardless of where it sits, whether that be on-premise, equipment collocated in our data centres or in the cloud. And, since then, Node4 customers have enjoyed access to a self-service portal, from where they can rapidly restore data from backups.

“This award means a lot to us and we’re over the moon to have been honoured by Veeam Software for our achievements over the last year. Our partnership and combined expertise has enabled us to offer the market the very best in hosted products and services, which has addressed a common challenge amongst our customers. The integration of Veeam Availability Suite with N4Cloud services has been integral to Node4’s rapid growth and we’re confident we’ll continue to accelerate growth with Veeam Software in 2017.” Gregg Mearing, Head of Managed Services, Node4.

Richard Agnew, Vice President UK&I, Veeam Software comments:

“I am delighted to award the Veeam Cloud partner of the Year to Node4. Node4 and Veeam have a strong relationship which has resulted in solid growth on their platform particularly around BaaS and DRaaS offerings. We are excited about the future for Node4 and Veeam and we look forward to continued growth.”


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