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May
3
Node4 is awarded with CIPS
Posted by Tom Hassan on 03 May 2018 11:18 AM

Node4 has recently been certified by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).

CIPS is widely regarded as an international benchmark of excellence that enhances standards of professionalism and performance throughout purchasing and supply.

CIPS certification demonstrates that Node4 is economically, and environmentally sustainable as well as being ethically balanced.

Vicky Withey, Compliance Manager at Node4 comments; “Node4 is committed to the continual improvement of accreditations and as a company we realise the potential for optimal supply chain management.

“As a leading IT and Communications solutions provider, we hope that our customers are reassured and confident that they are purchasing from a professional company with an excellent standing.”


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May
3

New Partnership Extends Best-in-Class Collaboration Solution to Small- and Medium- Sized Enterprises

Node4 has selected VOSS Solutions UC management technology to manage its Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) Shared Architecture and Hybrid HCS-Spark environments – in addition to the management of its current Cisco HCSv11.5 platform.

The new shared architecture will allow Node4 to reach out to medium enterprises and smaller customers (SMEs), and makes Node4 one of the first Cisco HCS providers that can deliver to this market. Node4 will bring an enterprise grade collaboration experience delivered from the cloud, to customers with as few as 30 seats and at a price point within their budget. Normally, customers of this size would be forced to compromise on the technology choice, or would be forced to purchase on premise or managed services, rather than a fully hosted, CMSP certified, Cisco Powered service.

Mark Phelps, Collaboration Product Manager at Node4 commented; “We provide state of the art technology to help businesses access top-tier collaboration software of the quality and capability they deserve. Therefore, we wanted to be sure we were selecting the very best UC management technology for our new Shared Architecture solution. We were most impressed with the latest version of VOSS-4-UC, together with the VOSS team’s deep technical know-how of latest HCS thinking.”

The VOSS-4-UC provisioning and management solution selected by Node4 provides, from a single workflow interface, provisioning of a complete build of a customer and two sites using Shared Architecture, in just 16 minutes (100% configured); followed by automated loading of ‘full-service’ subscribers (including WebEx and Spark support) in a further 6 minutes – getting to service go-live in under 30 minutes. The solution:

  • Simplifies end user on-boarding and provisioning, reducing the cost and time it takes to bring new customers onto the platform
  • Automates critical business process, to improve end user experience and speed time to resolution
  • Standardizes workflows, which promotes repeatability, eliminates manual error, and streamlines administration processes

During the selection process, Node4 completed a comprehensive trial before choosing VOSS over another HCS-OPA provisioning platform provider. The brief was to build, test and deliver a live, multi-country, multi-customer HCS-Shared-Architecture environment, together with Hybrid HCS-Spark and WebEx management support.

Mike Frayne, CEO at VOSS Solutions, commented: “Our understanding of the business challenges that cloud service providers experience, our superior technology that has been broadly deployed in production throughout the world, and our long and deep understanding of the HCS architecture contributed to our success at Node4.”

Henry Barton, VP Operations Strategy at VOSS and Node4 Solution Architect, added: “Node4 has a highly knowledgeable, agile and demanding technical team. They were extremely diligent in laying down the requirements for this solution: to manage a full suite of multi-tenant shared architecture Cisco v11.5 UC apps and HCM-F servers, Cisco Collaboration Edge, Imagicle UC app and OpenLDAP servers plus links to their WAN and PSTN network and Cisco-Spark. This was a valuable opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities relative to those of other OPA players. VOSS performed strongly in all areas and we are delighted that Node4 has chosen to deliver this with VOSS.”


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Feb
22

Node4 launches ServicesGateway which is designed to help customers realise the value of digital transformation, by allowing them to take advantage of new services, while reducing risk and costs.

Through the new ServicesGateway, customers can connect to the Node4 environment through Node4’s UK network and then use it as a springboard to access other services from Node4; as well as third party providers, public cloud, SaaS and a host of other applications and software to support their digital transformation journey’s.

The new solution allows customers to easily transition to a digital environment, without the risk or costs associated with a big move and making all legacy equipment redundant in one go. By taking a customer’s legacy hardware and moving it into a Node4 rack, customers can access new services alongside their existing infrastructure.

Commenting on the launch Steve Denby, Head of Solution Sales, Node4 said: “Today, everything is connected and our lives revolve around services, data and applications. In the world of Cloud Services and Hosting, unfortunately one solution doesn’t fit all workloads; and therefore, Hybrid Cloud has now fast become the leading go-to infrastructure design. Node4’s history of owning and running datacentres gave us a great pedigree to build our own network and from there offer customers a gateway, to take advantage of multiple services from Node4 and other providers.  Our Service Gateway offering is about supporting our customers in placing their workloads on the right services while maintaining control, backups, continuity and security.”

Node4 can also support customers to modernise their legacy applications.

Speaking about the service, Steve Denby added: Node4 can work with customers, developers and application support teams to review your existing applications and see if they are suitable for containerisation. Containerising your legacy applications not only allows you to deploy your applications on modern operating systems and infrastructure such as the Node4 Cloud, but it also lets you reduce your on-premise legacy server footprint, by removing the requirement to support old hardware and out of support operating systems.”


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Feb
22

Node4 launches ServicesGateway which is designed to help customers realise the value of digital transformation, by allowing them to take advantage of new services, while reducing risk and costs.

Through the new ServicesGateway, customers can connect to the Node4 environment through Node4’s UK network and then use it as a springboard to access other services from Node4; as well as third party providers, public cloud, SaaS and a host of other applications and software to support their digital transformation journey’s.

The new solution allows customers to easily transition to a digital environment, without the risk or costs associated with a big move and making all legacy equipment redundant in one go. By taking a customer’s legacy hardware and moving it into a Node4 rack, customers can access new services alongside their existing infrastructure.

Commenting on the launch Steve Denby, Head of Solution Sales, Node4 said: “Today, everything is connected and our lives revolve around services, data and applications. In the world of Cloud Services and Hosting, unfortunately one solution doesn’t fit all workloads; and therefore, Hybrid Cloud has now fast become the leading go-to infrastructure design. Node4’s history of owning and running datacentres gave us a great pedigree to build our own network and from there offer customers a gateway, to take advantage of multiple services from Node4 and other providers.  Our Service Gateway offering is about supporting our customers in placing their workloads on the right services while maintaining control, backups, continuity and security.”

Node4 can also support customers to modernise their legacy applications.

Speaking about the service, Steve Denby added: Node4 can work with customers, developers and application support teams to review your existing applications and see if they are suitable for containerisation. Containerising your legacy applications not only allows you to deploy your applications on modern operating systems and infrastructure such as the Node4 Cloud, but it also lets you reduce your on-premise legacy server footprint, by removing the requirement to support old hardware and out of support operating systems.”


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Nov
27
Node4 appoints Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer
Posted by Tom Hassan on 27 November 2017 05:13 PM

Newly created position to bolster senior leadership team and support company’s rapid expansion

Node4 is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer, a newly created position within the company. Needs, who has previously held positions with Rackspace and Adapt, brings an impressive track record to this role where he will be responsible for running the operational and service delivery functions of the business; and ensuring that we deliver highest levels of customer satisfaction and experience.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Our appointment of Tom at board level comes at a critical time for us as we look to position ourselves for the next stage of growth. Tom has been pivotal in helping several businesses scale up and evolve their service offering over the years, and with his wealth of knowledge and expertise Node4 can continue to deliver an outstanding customer experience to its existing customer base and prospects across all of our service lines.”

Tom has more than 15 years of experience within the managed services industry. Tom was a board member at, and COO of, Adapt, a company backed by Lyceum Capital. Here Tom was responsible for transforming operational and service delivery capabilities to support the company’s transition from a reseller into an award-winning Hybrid Managed Cloud Services business; and then subsequently selling the business to Datapipe. Prior to joining Adapt, Tom was VP at Rackspace EMEA. Here he spearheaded Rackspace’s £145million Enterprise division, and had full accountability for sales, marketing and service delivery.

Tom Needs said: “Having admired Node4’s transformation into a market-leading UK Managed Services player for some time now, I am thrilled to be joining the company as Chief Operations Officer. Node4 is a fast-growing company with a great reputation within the industry, and I look forward to enhancing and developing the existing foundations of the company to deliver a diverse range of critical services to solve the evolving needs of Node4’s customers.”

Needs’ 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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Nov
27
Node4 appoints Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer
Posted by Tom Hassan on 27 November 2017 05:13 PM

Newly created position to bolster senior leadership team and support company’s rapid expansion

Node4 is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer, a newly created position within the company. Needs, who has previously held positions with Rackspace and Adapt, brings an impressive track record to this role where he will be responsible for running the operational and service delivery functions of the business; and ensuring that we deliver highest levels of customer satisfaction and experience.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Our appointment of Tom at board level comes at a critical time for us as we look to position ourselves for the next stage of growth. Tom has been pivotal in helping several businesses scale up and evolve their service offering over the years, and with his wealth of knowledge and expertise Node4 can continue to deliver an outstanding customer experience to its existing customer base and prospects across all of our service lines.”

Tom has more than 15 years of experience within the managed services industry. Tom was a board member at, and COO of, Adapt, a company backed by Lyceum Capital. Here Tom was responsible for transforming operational and service delivery capabilities to support the company’s transition from a reseller into an award-winning Hybrid Managed Cloud Services business; and then subsequently selling the business to Datapipe. Prior to joining Adapt, Tom was VP at Rackspace EMEA. Here he spearheaded Rackspace’s £145million Enterprise division, and had full accountability for sales, marketing and service delivery.

Tom Needs said: “Having admired Node4’s transformation into a market-leading UK Managed Services player for some time now, I am thrilled to be joining the company as Chief Operations Officer. Node4 is a fast-growing company with a great reputation within the industry, and I look forward to enhancing and developing the existing foundations of the company to deliver a diverse range of critical services to solve the evolving needs of Node4’s customers.”

Needs’ 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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