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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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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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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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Jun
6
Node4 strengthens managed service capabilities with Onomi investment
Posted by Tom Hassan on 06 June 2017 11:09 AM

The Database Analysts team at Onomi are supporting Node4 customers adopt database best practices to improve database performance. As an introductory offer Onomi are offering a 3 Day Database Health Check and Performance Review delivered by a Senior Consultant for only £995. This offer is based on a single instance and is only available to existing Node4 customers running Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Couchbase or MongoDB.

Node4, has completed the investment in Nottingham based Database Managed Services specialist, Onomi, aimed at strengthening its rich portfolio of end-to-end IT solutions.

Onomi is an ideal strategic partner to complement this portfolio with the addition of managed database services that can be delivered as a service through Node4’s own cloud infrastructure.

The recent increase in market demand for specialist skills and expertise in database management provides a great opportunity for Node4 to add these services to its portfolio.

“We view this as an exciting and positive step towards providing businesses with best-in-class technology solutions and enabling them on their IT journey” said Andrew Gilbert, CEO, at Node4.

“Leveraging Onomi’s significant capability and expertise in database management gives us a great opportunity to add further value to our existing and prospective customers by introducing cloud database skills and management services to them,” Gilbert added.

Database Managed Services cover implementation, database administration, optimisation, support, maintenance and disaster recovery of business-critical databases. As Big Data becomes the focus of many business strategies, database volumes and complexity continue to grow, making them unmanageable for in-house IT departments. Database managed services allow businesses to keep their databases optimised and secure whilst making the most of the insights databases provide without putting a big strain on their internal IT resources.

The partnership also presents an important opportunity for Onomi, as it will enable the team to further develop their service proposition, and open new opportunities for innovation.

“This is a great opportunity for Onomi. We’ve grown very quickly, and needed to develop our back-office operations but doing it on our own would have required us to slow down. This investment by Node4 enables us to scale the business without any disruption to our customers. We now have the ability to scale and invest in staff and tech to continue to innovate,” said Julian Boneham, Director and co-founder at Onomi.

“We are already working with the Node4 development team to scale our innovation capabilities. We are coming at the market from a position of renewed strength,” added Andrew Slater, Director and co-founder at Onomi.

 


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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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