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28
November
2014

It’s official – Pulsant wins Colocation Service Offering of the Year Award

Last night, during the SVC Award’s glittering and glamorous dinner at the The Montcalm London Marble Arch, Pulsant was honoured with the Colocation Service Offering of the Year Award. Asmall Pulsant contingent attend the ceremony and our regional sales director Chris Shields was on hand to accept the award.

We are obviously delighted with this award and it’s been accomplished in large part due to our great team. Our strong technology solutions are supported and complemented by a group of experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic professionals that add depth to our offerings and give us, as a company, a significant competitive advantage.

It’s a strong end to the year for us – especially with the tremendous company growth we’ve experienced. This has been most notable across our data centre network where we launched a new facility at our South Gyle site in Edinburgh, including two data halls, build and configuration rooms, as well as a secure storage area. The expansion formed part of our overall growth strategy that also saw enhancements to some of our other sites. The results speak for themselves with improved efficiencies and smoother operations – the benefits of which have been passed directly on to our customers.

In addition, we’re opening our new London sales office in December and have appointed a number of high level staff in recent weeks. And we are definitely keen and excited to see what opportunities the New Year will deliver.

For more information on the SVC Awards, or to read our winning entry, visit the website: http://www.svcawards.com/winners2014.php

Categories: Colocation, News

26
November
2014

Two high level appointments for Pulsant

We are supporting growth with a recruitment drive and new London office

Pulsant, would like to announce two senior management appointments. Andrew Vize has been appointed strategy and marketing director, and Adam Eaton has joined the company as director of new business for England and Wales.

The appointments follow a year of significant growth for the company, which also includes the establishment of a new sales office in London. Pulsant already has offices in Reading and Edinburgh, with an additional 10 data centre sites throughout the UK.

Andrew Vize has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has previously worked for organisations including Digica, Fox IT and most recently Computacenter where he held the position of group head of propositions. Vize will be working closely with Pulsant’s management team to develop and support the company’s growth strategy.

Adam Eaton has an extensive career in IT and business development, having spent the past five and half years at Equinix where he managed the company’s UK new business team. His focus will be on enhancing Pulsant’s new business and channel strategy in order to reach growth targets.

“It has been a year characterised by significant growth for us and going forward this trend is set to continue,” says Rob Davies, sales and marketing director, Pulsant. “We have a solid expansion strategy in place to ensure that we continue to create technology solutions for our customers that underpin and drive real business outcomes. In this regard, both Andrew and Adam bring a wealth of experience and are a welcome addition to the Pulsant team.”

Categories: News

20
November
2014

A walk through the poppies – the importance of CSR

Natasha O’Brien, senior sales consultant, Pulsant

We all have causes that we are passionate about, from saving our forests and oceans, to looking after the elderly and fighting poverty. However, no cause has been more visible or more talked about over the last few months than the poppies in the tower. Even just saying “poppies”, you know immediately what I mean.

Tower of London Poppies

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 and to commemorate this the Tower of London hosted an art installation, the likes of which we’ve not seen before. Over 800,000 ceramic poppies, 888,246 to be exact, were planted in and around the Tower’s dry moat. Each poppy represented a fallen British soldier and the result was astonishing, visually reinforcing the sacrifice that these brave men made.

Poppies at the tower of London

I was part of a small team lucky enough to be part of this amazing exhibition. Initially we helped plant the poppies and we have just returned from helping remove and package them up in order to send them to their new owners.

Poppies at the tower of London

This campaign was managed by our client, Royal Historical Palaces, which made our desire to help much more relevant. In addition, as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives Pulsant actively encourages its staff to pursue those causes that are important to them.

Poppies at the tower of London

Each employee is given a day a year to dedicate to a community or charity project and this year a number of us chose the Poppy Appeal. So far, it has been one of the most successful, with the aim of making £40million to support The Royal British Legion’s welfare work. Given what has been accomplished in 2014, I look forward to next year and seeing what the power of volunteers and the public can achieve.

Categories: News

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

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