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8
October
2014

Security remains top concern for data hosting

Security

83% of organisations still host business critical data on-premise

Over 50% of organisations that host some or all of their data offsite identified security as their main concern, according to research conducted by Pulsant, the cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation expert. This is in stark contrast to other issues such as the importance of the reputation of the data centre provider (15%) and location of the data centre itself (14%) that were only identified by a small percentage of organisations as being a main consideration.

The research highlighted that 83% of organisations still keep their business critical data on-premise. However, the research also identified that there is a move in the industry towards more hybrid approaches, with the report also revealing that two thirds of organisations are making use of hybrid hosting models, while only 11% of respondents store all business data offsite. The research recognised that although 24% of organisations store all business data on-premise, there is increasing confidence in externally hosted solutions which meet specific certified criteria to host business critical data to acceptable service levels.

The research was conducted in September 2014 and surveyed 251 IT decision makers from organisations active across a diverse range of industries.

“The maturity of hybrid hosting models which operate to certified data management best practices is now enabling business to securely migrate data off-premise. Suppliers are providing and mitigating data transition risks through migration expertise and technologies, allowing businesses to maintain control of their data and leveraging external supplier benefits,” says Matt Lovell, CTO, Pulsant.

“Our research identifies that organisations continue to have data management and security concerns. However, partnership models between data owners and suppliers are evolving rapidly to address these. A key part of leveraging the benefits of cloud services must now be focused on these partnership models, which enable suppliers to generate a better sense of awareness of data security issues. It’s ultimately about customer choice and having the flexibility needed while still meeting certain criteria, such as security considerations. Having that awareness of security and other issues, such as compliance, legislation or business process better positions the customer to take advantage of different offerings, especially when working with trusted hosting suppliers.”

The research revealed that most organisations do have the strategies in place to address security concerns, especially regarding emerging trends such as BYOD and shadow IT. More than half of organisations (53%) are making use of BYOD, either formally or informally, and of that number, 87% have policies in place to manage data security, with 8% in the process of developing these plans, and only 5% not having any policy at all.

Shadow IT and the use of personal cloud storage, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, may not be as widely accepted as BYOD, but 49% of organisations allow the practice and have the means in place to manage its use. Over a third of organisations (35%), however, do not allow it, while 12% allow its use but have no policies in place to handle security issues.

“The market is maturing in terms of business security processes within the cloud. However, there is still work to be done to further strengthen the trust and confidence of customers in terms of how these processes can be integrated into existing business operations. Certified processes and supplier transparency are clearly important, but risk must be mitigated from the moment data migration into cloud begins and must evolve alongside the business and security threats. The true value for customers will come from their preparation and willingness to work in partnership, as well as the supplier’s information security support, processes and ongoing business knowledge in developing customer trust,” concludes Lovell.

Categories: Cloud, Managed Hosting, News

30
September
2014

A technology partnership with Pulsant will expand your business capabilities.

Benefits to your customer

See how your partnership with Pulsant can provide your customers with a competitive advantage by enabling them to develop a Hybrid IT strategy. With the provision of cloud computing and other hosting technologies you give your customers access to enterprise class hosting services that complement their onsite infrastructure without costly investment. A Pulsant partnership is cost effective, drives innovation and is an infinitely scalable way of outsourcing what would otherwise be ageing in-house technology that would take up valuable staffing resources to maintain.

Benefits to you

By becoming a Pulsant partner your business is able to sell a more diverse product range. This opens up new and predictable revenue opportunities and further creates a stronger working relationship with your client. The opportunities for IT resellers are huge with Forrester reporting that “76% of IT decision makers want to implement a hybrid strategy” to complement their on-premise IT.

Categories: Cloud, Commercial Data Centres, Managed Applications, Managed Hosting, Managed Networks, News, Star Certified

22
September
2014

Pulsant to attend Holyrood Connect’s Cloud Computing Conference

Cloud

Pulsant are pleased to announce that we will be attending Holyrood Connect’s 5th Annual Cloud Computing Conference on Tuesday September 23rd 2014 at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

The event will explore how to utilise the full potential of the cloud and the benefits of cloud computing, which include cost and energy savings as well as increased flexibility of IT systems. The conference will also seek to address why many public sector organisations in Scotland have not yet embraced this technology and investigate the lack of necessary skills and knowledge amongst public sector staff, which in a broader sense is a barrier to cloud adoption. Issues surrounding data security and how confidential and sensitive data are stored will also be explored.

Pulsant will be on hand with a number of other industry experts to offer case studies, advice on cloud procurement solutions and insight into how G-Cloud will change the landscape of cloud procurement.

Categories: News

18
September
2014

Pulsant are sponsoring Byte Night on the 3rd October

Are you ready for Byte Night?

On October 3rd two teams from Pulsant will be braving the cold, packing up their sleeping bags and getting ready for a night under the stars. Why? We’re sponsoring the annual Byte Night, Action for Children’s fundraising event. Taking place in eight locations across the country with more than 1500 people climbing into their sleeping bags, Byte Night is a sleep-out event that encourages us to give up our beds for one night to help tackle youth homelessness.

If you would like to contribute to the event’s success or participate, please visit the Byte Night website. Alternatively, if you’d like to sponsor our Reading or Edinburgh team, please visit the Just Giving website

Categories: Blog, News

12
September
2014

Pulsant channel set for exponential growth

50 new partners to be added by end of 2014

Pulsant has seen significant growth of its partner programme since it was refreshed towards the end of last year and is seeking to add 50 new partners by the end of 2014. The programme brought in over £4 million in revenue from a compact base of partners in 2013 and is set to exceed that in 2014 with its growth.

The partnership programme is aimed at assisting partners in delivering more value to their customers and being more competitive in a rapidly evolving IT market. It was given a refined focus – on collaboration – and was bolstered by the appointment of Chris Reynolds, towards the end of 2013, to head the initiative.

“Over the last few years there has been a definite shift by end user customers towards running both on-site IT solutions, as well as deploying off-site IT systems. As a result, the demand for technology has moved beyond merely supplying just hardware and software. This has created the ideal environment for us and our partners to work collaboratively in bringing the end client the best, most appropriate solution possible,” says Chris Reynolds, partner manager, Pulsant.

The programme has already expanded with a number of new partners added this year, including Strawberry Global Technology.

Strawberry Global Technology MD Alex Brown says: “After extensively evaluating a number of reseller cloud programmes we chose to join the Pulsant partner programme. That decision was based upon the range of services available, the cost, the standard of the data centres and the quality of delivery. The Pulsant solution architects can work seamlessly with our technical team to allow us to provide our customers with additional options for cloud, hosting and colocation services.”

The programme’s collaborative focus includes actively working with partners to support and complement their business offerings. In addition, Pulsant partners benefit from the cloud expert’s experience and expertise in the industry, as well as staff resources.

“Each partner has access to an account manager who will assist in creating a business development plan that ensures we understand their business and are able to match Pulsant’s complementary services with their offering. In addition, partners get extensive sales and technical support from our team, especially from our solutions architects when it comes to developing solutions for their customers,” continues Reynolds.

Ultima Business Solutions, an IT solutions provider is both a Pulsant customer and partner. Danny Fisher, head of managed and support services, Ultima says: “As part of the partner programme, Pulsant offers us a compelling technology-proven, contractually stable, secure platform for us to leverage. In addition, we are driven by our customer base and in Pulsant we found a business that is very similar to us in approach.”

Categories: Blog, News

9
September
2014

Pulsant to expand largest commercial data centre in Scotland

Pulsant, are proud to announce the expansion of our well-established South Gyle tier 3 data centre site, based just outside of Edinburgh, with the construction of a new facility.

The expansion project includes the construction of two new data halls, consisting of up to 64 racks in each, as well as build and configuration rooms and secure storage areas. The new facility will feature two-factor authentication security access and will be configurable according to specific customer requirements.

We are currently the largest data centre provider in Scotland and our South Gyle facility is the largest commercial data centre in the country. It hosts the IX Scotland, the region’s dedicated Internet exchange, and currently supports 820 racks in two purpose-built redundant data centres, featuring 24-hour a day security and support.

“This expansion is part of Pulsant’s overall growth strategy which includes upgrading and growing our existing data centre sites,” says Matt Lovell, CTO, Pulsant. “The drive behind this strategy is to ensure we deliver cost-effective, highly secure, environmentally sound services to our customers through our technologically up-to-date facilities that deliver maximum uptime, redundancy and support.”

The new halls will complement the data centres’ existing infrastructure but will feature autonomous mechanical services in order to ensure complete redundancy and increased efficiency is achieved.

South Gyle is supported by over 30 telecommunications carriers, is PCI-DSS compliant and G-Cloud accredited. The new halls will benefit from these features, with direct fibre access to a wide range of service providers and carriers, and will also make use of blended evaporative and fresh air cooling technologies and onsite high voltage network to ensure 2N delivery of power to each rack.

“The decision to expand our existing site means that new customers can effectively move right into the new halls once construction is complete, as the infrastructure to support the racks is already in place. For our existing customers this increase in capacity ensures that they experience no disruption to their service, but will be able to take advantage of the additional racks with ease,” says Lovell.

The expansion project is scheduled for completion in February 2015.

Categories: Blog, Commercial Data Centres, Managed Hosting, Managed Networks, News

8
September
2014

Pulsant rank 35th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100

Pulsant are delighted to announce that we have been placed at number 35 on the 14th annual awards, which were published with the Business section and in the Sunday Times digital edition on Sunday September 7th 2014.

Read our profile on Tech Track 100



The 14th annual Tech Track 100 awards dinner will be held at Vinopolis, London on Tuesday 18 November. This is an invitation-only event

FT badges 19 April 2012

Categories: Blog, News

27
August
2014

Bug fixes and Internet slow down

Matt Lovell, CTO, Pulsant

Regardless of industry or environment, everyone is aware of the importance of keeping hardware and software up to date. From patching and firmware updates, to OS upgrades and system health checks, all technology must be maintained to ensure that it performs correctly and allows users and the organisation as a whole to operate properly. This doesn’t just apply to PCs or laptops, but includes aspects such as the network infrastructure. For a colocation, cloud and managed hosting provider such as Pulsant, maintaining our network is a vital part of providing seamless service, maximum uptime and availability to our customers.

There has been a fair bit of media attention over the last few weeks on so-called data jams. Essentially, as the number of connections on the Internet has increased, routers are struggling to cope with demand. According to a BBC article, the ways in which data is sent around the world is tracked via a routing table and the entries on this table went past 524,000 last week.

The result is that a lot of the older equipment is being replaced or updated to cope with this growth and while that is taking place, Internet users have been experiencing slower browsing speeds.

So what does that mean for an organisation like Pulsant and our customers?

Our technical team anticipated potential issues, tested and implemented resolutions in early 2014 to eliminate the possibility of problems ahead of the limits being reached. As a result of this proactive move, our customers have continued to receive the same levels of uptime and connectivity as they always have done.

Again, this comes down to keeping a close eye on hardware and software requirements, making sure everything is up to date, and ensuring that all devices within an organisation are fit for purpose and are running optimally. The most important aspect of this approach is that we are always aware of what is going on within our IT estate and can proactively address potential issues before they actually even become issues.

Categories: Blog, News

22
August
2014

Pulsant awarded certificate of appreciation by Help For Heroes

Pulsant have been awarded a certificate of appreciation by Help For Heroes for the efforts of the Pulsant staff in raising £5935 for the charity over the past 12 months.

A number of the team took part in “Tough Mudder” and helped raise the donations in aid of this noble and worthy cause. Such donations make a huge difference to the lives of some truly inspirational and brave people.

Help 4 Heroes

Categories: Blog, News

21
July
2014

Pulsant wins Asigra partner award

We are delighted to announce that we came away from the Asigra Partner Awards having been named Fastest Growing Partner of the Year. We were recognised for our dedication and leadership in supporting technology users with innovative cloud-based data recovery solutions.

We entered into a strategic partnership with Asigra at the beginning of the year adding enterprise cloud back-up and replication solutions to our portfolio.

“Capturing market share in the highly competitive backup and recovery market requires intelligence-driven efforts at multiple levels to outmarket, outsell and outperform, winning the opportunity to deliver a more compelling solution to the customer,” says David Farajun, CEO, Asigra. “Pulsant achieves consecutively high results and therefore ranks number one in this category, receiving the win.”

Rob Davies, sales and marketing director, Pulsant, says: “We have seen a lot of growth in this area. Working with a partner like Asigra ensures that we are perfectly poised to deliver on this demand with a world-class product that rounds out our cloud and colocation offering.”

Asigra was recently named TechTarget’s top enterprise backup application for 2014, and the company has been included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances for the fourth year in a row.

The award ceremony took place during Asigra’s annual Partner Summit held in June in Toronto.

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