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Out-of-the-box: Software Defined Workspace by CANCOM


Complete Integration of CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud and HPE Synergy

Munich –  CANCOM recently annoucned its Software Defined Workspace on the Basis of the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud which encompasses a complete HPE Synergy integration.

At this year’s HPE Discover in Madrid the Munich-based system house illustrated how companies and organizations can roll out digital workspaces i.e. software defined workspaces easily and swiftly by integrating the HPE Synergy into the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud.

By combining the strengths and advantages of both the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud and HPE Synergy a unique infrastructure layer can be created: In order to implement and operate the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud successfully a suitable blade system, as well as a fast and hassle-free local storage, are paramount. HPE Synergy offers this by means of a single frame, which also includes a management software, and thus depicts the optimal substructure for the Software Defined Workspace on the Basis of the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud.

By means of the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud, which has been tried and tested for more than 15 years, companies and organizations can provide their employees with virtual work environments – within a few weeks only – essentially accelerating all their subsequent digital transformation efforts. Also, this provides employees with a secure access to their virtual desktops, applications, data and support services – regardless of the device, location or time.

Full control over hybrid cloud-environments and “Secure by Design”

Furthermore, communication and collaboration solutions, as well as SaaS and various public cloud services, can be integrated into the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud. Consequently, the Software Defined Workspace can be enhanced continuously. However, companies and organizations retain control of these multi-cloud environments at all times.

At the same time the “Secure by Design” concept of the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud protects both the personal and business-critical data of the Software Defined Workspace and thus reduces the risk of data theft and malware attacks.

Moreover, companies and organizations can host the Software Defined Workspace on the basis of the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud either via their own data center, Microsoft Azure or IBM Cloud, an Enterprise Service Provider, ISO/IEC 27001 certified CANCOM data centers or via mobile CANCOM data centers. They also have the option of operating the Software Defined Workspace themselves or handing over the operational responsibility to a third-party System Integrator (SI) or Managed Service Provider (MSP).

More information about the CANCOM AHP Enterprise Cloud can be found here:


As Digital Transformation Partner, CANCOM guides businesses into the digital future. The CANCOM Group’s business-oriented IT solution range encompasses consulting, implementation and services. Clients benefit from extensive expertise and an innovative portfolio that covers business IT requirements for a successful digital transformation. IT trends such as cloud computing, analytics, enterprise mobility or security are addressed with smart business solutions and services.

The CANCOM Group operates internationally and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide. Together with a powerful partner network, many geographies enjoy market presence allowing close client proximity including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. CANCOM Group is headed by Thomas Volk (CEO), Rudolf Hotter (COO) and Thomas Stark (CFO). The company’s headquarter is in Munich, Germany. CANCOM SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the index TecDAX (ISIN DE0005419105) and the group achieves an annual turnover of more than one billion euros.

UKFast Launches HSCN-connected Cloud


Firm becomes only provider offering HSCN directly from a government-approved DC

British hosting firm UKFast today announces the launch of a new secure cloud, dedicated to healthcare service providers and connected directly through NHS Digital’s new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

The firm is the only provider to offer HSCN connectivity directly from a government-approved data centre, offering dedicated server hosting and colocation alongside the full-service British cloud portfolio, eCloud.

After working closely with NHS Digital throughout 2018, UKFast is now launching client solutions across the new Health and Social Care Network, which replaces the outgoing N3 Network.

Organisations providing IT services to the NHS are taking the opportunity to connect directly to the new healthcare network through UKFast’s data centre complex, with a significant number of clients signed up and ready launch services on the network in the coming weeks.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “We’re meeting people from NHS Trusts who want to unlock new technologies like AI, big data and machine learning. We’re enabling them to do this by plugging in and accessing burstable cloud facilities at a moment’s notice, which is something they just can’t do on N3.

“HSCN is an incredibly exciting step for the UK healthcare community and when aligned with our instantly accessible AI and cloud workloads we are providing a platform that enables innovation faster and at a lower cost.

“The NHS needs to be certain where its sensitive patient data is, so connecting HSCN to our fully owned, UK-based data centres makes perfect sense.”

Clients set to launch on HSCN through UKFast’s eCloud include an AI software provider and a global payroll service, using HSCN to connect with NHS customers and securing the transfer of NHS payroll data.

There are currently 13,500 organisations using an outdated N3 connection that are now required to migrate services to HSCN by August 2020.

Director of Public Sector at UKFast, Stephen Jewell, said: “We’re closely engaged with both clinical teams within the health service and with the HSCN team at NHS Digital to ensure that we are able to offer the right technical solutions to enable digital transformation within healthcare and meet the vision and potential of the new network.

“By offering a cost-effective and flexible HSCN-connected cloud, UKFast is supporting cloud service providers that have only been able to deliver to private healthcare practitioners up to this point.

“This exciting development opens up opportunities in the wider health and social care community and helps to bring new and innovative technologies into the marketplace. The demand to be connected to HSCN through our data centres is massive and every day we’re seeing more and more inquiries.”

UKFast is approved by the government to supply a wide range of offerings through a number of government frameworks. Services include cloud hosting range eCloud, disaster recovery, SaaS products, cybersecurity solutions and CDN.

To find out more about HSCN and how to take advantage of NHS network connectivity, download UKFast’s HSCN Toolkit.

About UKFast

UKFast is one of the largest independently owned hosting providers in the UK, having a current revenue run-rate of more than £52 million and posting £47 million turnover in 2017.

UKFast provides dedicated servers, cloud services and colocation to more than 5,000 government, public sector and commercial organisations, with a wide-ranging product portfolio including Infrastructure as a Service, DR as a Service and its cloud offering, eCloud®.

UKFast has developed educational partnerships as part of its mission to promote innovation and reach out to a new generation of digital superstars. Working with 60 schools and colleges, reaching 60,000 young people in Greater Manchester, UKFast’s team run more than 500 educational events a year. The firm’s team of full-time teachers run masterclasses, workshops and code clubs and also deliver an award-winning technical apprenticeship scheme.

Alongside its product range, UKFast has five fully owned, custom-built data centres and its cybersecurity arm Secarma specialises in ethical hacking and penetration testing.

The family of businesses owned by founders Lawrence and Gail Jones employs 450 people, with UKFast directly employing 325.

Among many accolades, UKFast has been named Cloud Provider of the Year at the CRN Awards and Employer of the Year at the National Business Awards. Its 500-seater auditorium hosts events and exhibitions, and provides a free meeting space for the UK tech community.

Mandry Technology Solutions Ranked Among Top Global Managed IT Service Providers

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11th Annual MSP 501 Identifies World’s Most Forward-Thinking MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services

Mandry Technology Solutions​ is pleased to announce its ranking among the world’s most strategic and innovative IT managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures 11​th​-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings.

Channel Futures teamed with Clarity Channel Advisors to evaluate these progressive and forward-leaning companies. The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of IT managed service providers worldwide. MSPs were ranked according to a unique methodology, which recognizes that not all revenue streams are created equal. Revenue figures were weighted according to how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

“My team and I are honored to be recognized for our growth and success in the IT services industry,” said Thomas Mandry, founder and CEO of Mandry Technology Solutions. “I started this business in 2002 and Mandry would not be what it is today without our ​remarkable team​. The credit goes to them!”

This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.

“This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most diverse in the history of the survey, and our winners represent the health and progressivity of the managed services market,” says Kris Blackmon, Channel Futures content director and editor of the MSP 501. “They’re growing their revenue, expanding their customer influence and exploring new technology that will propel them for years to come.” Background Channel Futures collected applicant data online for the 2018 MSP 501 from Feb. 28 through May 31, 2018. Companies recognized in the MSP 501 list were ranked based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Informa

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster. Informa has over 10,000 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

About Mandry Technology Solutions

Mandry Technology Solutions delivers technology strategies and support tailored to meet the desired outcomes of mid-market companies throughout Texas and the southern U.S. Since the beginning, we’ve maintained a values-first approach to technology and our business. Our values govern our hiring, our communication and interactions, our products and services and our approach to innovation and improvement. The success of Mandry Technology Solutions is proof that good things happen when you focus on what matters most – serving people, solving problems and creating opportunities.

Millennials expect a destination, not an office

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Chargifi bring Fora, HPE Aruba and Capgemini together to discuss the opportunity of the connected workspace

7th August 2018: The technology industry’s leading figures gathered on Thursday 19 July, 2018, to discuss the future of the connected workspace. Chargifi, the market-leading technology that transforms the way the world manages, monitors and monetises power, brought together Fora – the shared workspace provider – HPE Aruba, provider of next-generation networking solutions and Capgemini, global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation.

Key themes that derived from Chargifi’s panel discussion:

–         The expectation of a seamless experience created by consumer tech is influencing employee retention levels as millennials, in particular, are expecting an intuitive experience across the board

–         Employers are missing an ROI opportunity via a seamless workspace experience, using tech, data insights and personalisation to improve employee productivity and alleviate ‘dead’ time

–         The office infrastructure is a silent barrier to the workplace implementation of new technology

–         Flexible working hubs – the missed opportunity for hoteliers

The expectations of a seamless experience, created by consumer tech is now influencing employee retention and loyalty, as millennials demand an intuitive experience in the workplace, that’s according to Dan Bladen, CEO and co-founder of Chargifi.

In fact, new research has revealed that 94 per cent of employees believe their workplace would be improved through greater use of technology* and 71 per cent said they would welcome a fully automated workplace in the next 10-years.

This enthusiasm outlines a real opportunity for employers in crafting a destination for their teams, one that mimics the environment that millennials – in particular – have become accustomed to and one that satisfies expectations.

The world wants wireless power. It’s only natural for a generation that is increasingly spending time online to have the same expectations in the real world,

comments Dan, “Innovative companies are in constant flux; growing or needing to adapt space to get the most out of their workforce. Intelligent wireless charging can plug that gap.

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“Innovation only happens when value is added. Having a fully connected workforce at your fingertips gives you the opportunity to shape the world around your needs and demands; increasing productivity and making your working day as seamless as possible.”

Overall, companies that embrace digital workplaces tend to be 21 per cent more profitable**. Not just because of improved employee wellbeing and productivity, but also because new technologies, like smart, wireless charging, help employers understand their people, and the experiences they have at work, better.

The return on investment associated with a connected workspace is extremely trackable. The IoT can enable remote management of wireless charging spots at scale and can enrich existing apps and third-party systems with information like hyper-local and usage data through open API and SDKs.

Leveraging this network data will allow companies to gain a new level of business intelligence, to drive areal data-driven culture based on facts, instead of predictions and drive transparency within a company.

Long gone are the days of working 9 to 5 in soulless grey cubicles. Today’s workforce want to work in spaces that are positive, inspiring, productive, collaborative and beneficial to their wellbeing.

About Chargifi

Chargifi builds foundational technology that transforms the way the world manages, monitors and monetises power. It delivers a market-leading cloud management platform that enables the mass deployment of smart wireless charging; the patented solution turns wireless power into a service that adds real value for businesses.

Chargifi was co-founded by Dan Bladen and Charlie Cannell in 2013. Headquartered in London, Chargifi is deployed by over 90 organisations in 21 countries. Chargifi’s investors include Intel Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Techstars, Accelerated Digital Ventures, firstminute Capital and R/GA Ventures.

UKFast Launches Superfast Desktop in the Cloud


FASTdesk GPU delivers 112x speed boost

Two years ago UKFast launched FASTdesk, a service enabling businesses to log in to a desktop from anywhere in the world, from any device, removing the need for investment in hardware.

The launch has been so successful that today UKFast announces the next generation of the platform, designed to tackle the more intensive needs of designers, creatives and architects.

The new service – FASTdesk GPU – solves a common problem for designers, architects, data analysts and anyone running high-GPU (graphics processing unit) workloads, which traditionally require powerful desktop computers to operate effectively.

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FASTdesk GPU is ideal for running applications like Adobe Photoshop®, 3D CAD, media composers and other graphics-intensive applications, with all the resource and performance sitting in the cloud.

Industry standard tests for measuring compute power show FASTdesk GPU delivering up to 34 times the speed of standard CPU when performing image processing tasks and up to 112 times when performing cryptography functions.

The solution is powered by NVIDIA GRID™ technology, combined with Nvidia Tesla P40 GPU’s and delivers 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory for each desktop.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “Cloud desktop applications enable businesses to evolve and meet the demands of their workforce. It’s naïve to think that people want to complete their given tasks between certain hours or in certain locations.

We all work the hours we choose and are often inspired outside of the hours of 9am and 5pm and want to work on ideas and pass them on to colleagues. FASTdesk GPU enables a new level of flexibility and allows you to work from the top of a mountain if you choose to.

FASTdesk GPU is the latest innovation within the firm’s eCloud range which includes public, hybrid and private clouds as well as ‘drag and drop’ cloud storage solution, eCloud Vault and open source development platform, eCloud Flex.

UKFast CTO Neil Lathwood added: “To assemble the hardware for an equivalent machine would cost at least £10,000. On top of that we take care of all the maintenance, upgrades and backups. It also removes a serious security concern, eliminating the risk of data loss through the theft or loss of a device.”

FASTdesk GPU costs £160 per user per month.

The news comes as UKFast reveals that its cloud desktop service – FASTdesk – now delivers £360,000 annual recurring revenue for the firm, having grown 161% in H1 2018 compared to the same period last year.

Following its launch in 2016, the FASTdesk platform is now home to more than 300 users.

Check out UKFast’s blog for a deeper technical dive into the platform and more on how GPU can accelerate your business.

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Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO

About UKFast

UKFast is one of the largest independently owned hosting providers in the UK, having a current revenue run-rate of more than £50 million and posting £47 million turnover in 2017.

UKFast provides dedicated servers, cloud services and colocation to more than 5,000 government, public sector and commercial organisations, with a wide-ranging product portfolio including Infrastructure as a Service, DR as a Service and its cloud offering, eCloud®.

UKFast has developed educational partnerships as part of its mission to promote innovation and reach out to a new generation of digital superstars. Working with 60 schools and colleges, reaching 60,000 young people in Greater Manchester, UKFast’s team run more than 500 educational events a year. The firm’s team of full-time teachers run masterclasses, workshops and code clubs and also deliver an award-winning technical apprenticeship scheme.

Alongside its product range, UKFast has four fully owned, custom-built data centres and its cybersecurity arm Secarma specialises in ethical hacking and penetration testing.

The family of businesses owned by founders Lawrence and Gail Jones employs 450 people, with UKFast directly employing 325.

Among many accolades, UKFast has been named Cloud Provider of the Year at the CRN Awards and Employer of the Year at the National Business Awards. Its 500-seater auditorium hosts events and exhibitions, and provides a free meeting space for the UK tech community.

Caseblocks Helps Transform Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa


Caseblocks, the Glasgow-based software solutions company, is rolling out its adaptive case management platform to Harambee to help excluded young people in South Africa find work

August 2018: In South Africa more than half of all young people are unemployed. To tackle this challenge, Harambee is working collaboratively with a number of social and technology partners, including Caseblocks, to build a work seeker support system and technology platform.

Caseblocks’ adaptive case management system will enable the not-for-profit organisation to scale to meet greater demands at a national level, and in doing so will help hundreds of thousands of young workers currently locked out of employment in South Africa.

The Caseblocks platform supports and manages the complex processes involved in candidate recruitment, search, training, selection and job placement. New candidates are found across South Africa and are welcomed on to the platform by first building a personal profile, the cornerstone for future job matching algorithms. Candidates matched to job opportunities  can be  taken through training interventions required for specific roles. Candidates passing the interventions are offered interviews with the employer. Candidates not selected for employment are brought back into the available pool to be matched against more suitable opportunities. The  data is processed  to continually improve and adapt the matching algorithms.. Engagement with ‘harambeans’  is maintained beyond job placements, so if former candidates are looking for work once more, they can make themselves available for future matching.

Underpinning a wider technical solution, the Caseblocks platform integrates with the candidate mobile site, an employer portal, Genesys in the contact centre, machine learning based on Tensor Flow, a central data warehouse, and the EdX learning management platform. The full solution is hosted on the Google Cloud Platform. Caseblocks was chosen because of its ability to manage granular customer journeys where each case, the work seeker, can find their own route to employment.

CTO & Cofounder of Caseblocks, Ijonas Kisselbach, said

We were delighted Harambee chose the Caseblocks platform to help them scale operations to meet South Africa’s  youth employment challenge. Harambee is an incredibly exciting organisation and it’s rewarding to be involved in a project critical to the future of South Africa.

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Cofounder of Caseblocks, Ijonas Kisselbach

It’s not just about the technology though, the entire team, from c-suite to contact centre agents to the other consortium partners Genesys, Dotmodus and IQ Business are all highly motivated and driven by the shared goal to see 500,000 young people secure income generating opportunities by 2022. This important project demonstrates how machine learning and case management can come together to solve complex, enterprise process challenges.

Evan Jones, CIO, Harambee, said

We’ve developed a Harambee tech platform that helps excluded young people join a network, learn and find jobs. From the outset we have worked collaboratively with partners selected to deliver a robust and scalable platform. Caseblocks was chosen to deliver the case management platform to 400 users as well as our consortium partners IQ Business and Dotmodus, who deliver systems integration and machine learning (ML) algorithms.

We’re delighted to have a system that meets the needs of our young people as well as the companies that are employing them. As we place more people into employment, the system will scale and adapt to better identify opportunities for placing more young people into work. We’re driven by creating a better outcome for young people here in South Africa, and we’ve chosen our technology partners with care. Everyone working on this has focused on inclusivity and context. Caseblocks allows the system to learn from each and every case on the platform and the algorithm is based on “rules to include, not exclude”.


Caseblocks is a leading global provider of cloud-based adaptive case management solutions. Caseblocks enables an organisation to model business processes as cases, each taking non- deterministic routes through the organisation, affected by automated and human decisions.The low code Caseblocks platform allows businesses and organisations to rapidly transform business processes without the costs and high maintenance associated with custom code projects. In addition to custom configurations, Caseblocks also provide out of the box template solutions for order management and claims management.

SONM powers up its fog computing platform to give users a marketplace where buying and renting computing power is possible


SONM announces the launch of its fog computing platform that allows users to rent or purchase computer power in its decentralized marketplace to solve computing tasks

July 2018 –  SONM, the open-source decentralized system and blockchain-based marketplace, is announcing the launch of its fog computing platform. SONM allows users to connect their personal devices to one platform, creating a decentralized marketplace where consumers and suppliers can rent and purchase computing power from one another to be used for specific computing tasks.

The SONM marketplace consists of suppliers and consumers that either rent out or purchase computing power to perform their tasks. Consumers that connect to the virtual space can select a rental time and volume of resources, calculate the cost accordingly, and buy the available power needed for their projects. While the power resources are at their disposal, consumers can take advantage of SONM’s capabilities to make scientific calculations, work with machine learning and big data, render videos, host apps and websites, and manage data storage.

Users of the new platform are able to solve computing tasks with the use of GPU, CPU, free disk space, or RAM and network bandwidth, without the need to purchase any special equipment. To get started, PC or server owners just have to install, then customize the SONM software. For suppliers of computing resources, SONM offers a viable alternative to mining, allowing them to earn not only from searching parameters for hash keys, but also by completing real business tasks.

In order to start working on the platform, both consumers and suppliers of computing resources must purchase SONM tokens, named ‘SNM.’ The suppliers, who are the owners of the computing power, earn SNM tokens when they sell computer resources to the consumers. Interaction between the supplier and consumer is automated and takes place directly (P2P) via a blockchain marketplace. A smart contract ensures the fulfilment of payments.

The SONM infrastructure is suitable to run any software on Linux, including commercial software with closed source code. The computing resources of GPUs are ideal for the solution of tasks linked to machine learning, big data analysis and rendering. SONM can also be used for the storage of large data sets.

Additionally, SONM is suitable for mining any kind of cryptocurrency, offering consumers a minimum basic income from mining. SONM will launch a bot that will monitor the crypto market and automatically channel the resources of the idle equipment to mining.

“It’s our dream to provide an alternative to the cloud that can complete more than one task amongst a variety of clients and their computational needs,” says the co-founder of SONM, Aleksei Antonov. “Based on blockchain technology and by using fog computing services, we have built a environment where cryptocurrency and computing power resources can complement each other, with an expanding potential that comes from the millions of devices connected to our platform, globally. SONM’s vision for the future includes a set of masternodes that will secure the marketplace that operates on our own blockchain network. The masternodes will be set up by the SNM token holders themselves, and they will be rewarded for performing the action.”


Founded in 2016 by Aleksei Antonov and Sergey Ponomarev, SONM was created to offer the world a multi-purpose, computing platform where a variety of complex tasks could be carried out in one arena. SONM’s decentralized fog computing platform format was designed to be more cost-efficient than the average cloud service, hosting global market audiences that are committed to computing power resources and cryptocurrency calculations. Notable partners of SONM include OpenFog Consortium and HP Cloud 28+.

RFA Accelerates Growth with Expansion in Luxembourg


RFA announces new private financial cloud in Luxembourg to accelerate growth and accommodate increased demand in technology regulation and cybersecurity

LUXEMBOURG, July 30, 2018 – RFA, a next-gen managed IT service provider for the financial industry, announces a new private financial cloud in Luxembourg. This expansion allows RFA to accommodate accelerated growth in Europe and offer a portfolio of high quality private cloud services to both its existing and new financial services clients in Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, and the wider region.

Along with the London office, the new office doubles RFA’s footprint in Europe and further bolsters the company’s growth strategy. RFA has two highly secure, tier-one data centres in Luxembourg which meet the ISO27001 and SSAE16/Type II standards, which is key for firms regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Sector Financier (CSSF). RFA is now ideally placed to provide a range of services to clients in this region, and offer fully managed private cloud, infrastructure-as-a-service and secure multi-cloud services, which allow clients to take advantage of the flexibility and scalability of public cloud services, whilst enjoying the security and direct control of the private cloud.

RFA’s clients in Luxembourg also benefit from exceptional levels of support, with industry-leading response times and 24/7 connection to live assistance or onsite support when required.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth from new and existing clients,” said Yohan Kim, President and COO of RFA.

We’re excited to add to our ever expanding European teams; this area is abundant with diverse talent.” George Ralph, Managing Director, states: “this expansion of the RFA portfolio will help us to further enhance our workflow automation services, cloud management and security offerings, as well as increase our ability to service our current clients across Europe and give us the opportunity to develop future client relationships in the new market.

About RFA

Founded in 1989, RFA is the trusted technology partner to 700+ clients globally, with $900+ Billion AUM. Offering a full range of technology solutions, global data center operations, and industry-leading service, RFA serves the IT and Technology needs of the Financial sector. RFA delivers scalable, reliable and secure enterprise-grade technology infrastructure by combining a seasoned executive team, carefully vetted engineers, and trusted partner companies. RFA is headquartered in New York City and London (EMEA) with operations in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and Luxembourg.

George Ralph

Managing Director


Flying Start for UKFast’s AWS and Azure Public Cloud Business


British hosting firm launches new public cloud partnership

UKFast today announces the launch of a new business, ClearCloud, that specialises in supporting public cloud offerings from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure along with its own dedicated, eCloud Hybrid and eCloud Private solutions

ClearCloud is a subsidiary of UKFast and launches with the purpose of broadening the firm’s multicloud offering to its 5,000 clients, alongside winning new AWS and Azure customers looking for high-quality, UK-based support.

Former AWS Global Architect Matt Bibby joins ClearCloud as Managing Director, bringing significant experience of public cloud in large-scale, complex sectors and enterprise digital transformation.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “Last year we grew at 18% organically and our eCloud revenue has grown to 43% of our overall turnover. By widening our offering to organisations needing multicloud solutions we are able to attract even more businesses to UKFast.

“When we hear clients offering their AWS and Azure workloads for us to manage, it’s hard to ignore, especially when they’re struggling.

“Our NPS score, which measures customer service, is at 79.20. That’s higher than any of our rivals that I’m aware of, and whilst AWS and Azure’s tech is equal to all suppliers what sets us apart is world-class support.”

With 19 years’ experience delivering hosting solutions to businesses, UKFast specialises in hybrid and private cloud solutions, dedicated servers and colocation. The firm fully owns and operates five data centres in Manchester.

ClearCloud MD Matt Bibby said: “The hyperscale cloud providers depend heavily on technology partners to support the end customer. During my time at AWS I learned how some technology partners are doing things right, but also how many get it terribly wrong and lack the experience necessary to manage complex environments.

“This is where ClearCloud comes in and where the fit with UKFast makes perfect sense.

“The time I spent inside AWS was invaluable and taught me always to search for the next opportunity. The offer of working with Lawrence to grow a business under the UKFast umbrella is too big an opportunity for me to pass up.

“I’ve managed workloads on AWS for some of the world’s largest brands. This, coupled with Lawrence’s obsession for excellence and his passion for helping clients grow, is already proving a great success and we’re off to a flying start.”

Jones added: “I’ve learned that the most important thing when you’re building a new venture is that success depends entirely on the people who underpin it. So it was essential that we brought in a specialist in that market.

“It’s not easy to entice great people away from a fast-growing business like AWS, but Matt was impressed with our ethos and ambition. He’s a tremendous asset and I’m excited to see ClearCloud develop.”

ClearCloud is based at FastForward, Tech Manchester’s accelerator space at UKFast Campus.

Hitachi Vantara Strengthens UCP Family of Converged and Hyperconverged Systems and Applications Ecosystem Solutions


Hardware and Software Enhancements Together With New Certified Solutions Optimize Infrastructure for Oracle Databases, SAP HANA, VMware and Big Data Analytics

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – June 6, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced powerful hardware and software enhancements across the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) family of converged, hyperconverged and rack-scale systems, including NVMe SSD caching and GPU processor-based server options. New certified applications ecosystem solutions optimized for mission-critical environments include SAP HANA, Oracle databases, VMware and big data analytics frameworks. By offering a complete family of UCP converged systems and integrated application solutions, Hitachi Vantara is able to address any workload, at any scale, in multicloud environments.

Hitachi UCP systems provide customers with simplified, standard platforms that are fast to deploy and easy to manage, with less risk by minimizing human error. They enable the agile infrastructure needed to modernize data centers, allowing customers to rapidly respond to evolving business needs while efficiently managing, governing, mobilizing, protecting and analyzing data to gain richer insights and drive better business outcomes.

Enhanced Hitachi UCP Family Offerings

Hitachi UCP systems use modular building blocks of infrastructure that are pretested and validated to meet specific needs and fast-changing business requirements. They allow customers to start small and grow systems with increments of cost-effective compute, network and storage components to optimize performance.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor), the IT management and orchestration software for the Hitachi UCP family, supports full automation over server, network and storage components. UCP Advisor with customized workflows lets IT staff move applications and workloads between clouds and UCP systems in a smart and automated way to rapidly deliver new IT services. The latest release of UCP Advisor continues to enhance automation, including policy-based provisioning to speed initial deployment with less risk.

Built on a modular converged architecture, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI (UCP CI) systems provide a flexible, low-risk path to modern data center infrastructure. UCP CI systems with a management and automation toolset that uses UCP Advisor, enable the operational efficiencies of virtualization and increase the performance of mission-critical applications. The systems simplify the control of both virtual and physical infrastructure to support a wide range of enterprise and cloud workloads at any scale.

Enhancements to Hitachi UCP CI systems include support for the recently launched all-flash and hybrid Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) systems. Compared to prior models, the new VSP systems provide faster, more efficient performance, containers support and cross-platform AI analytics and IT automation software. New Intel Skylake-based Hitachi Advanced Server DS220 and DS240 servers deliver expanded scale-up and scale-out computational options to handle the most demanding, high performance requirements for virtualization, SAP and Oracle environments.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) systems are a scalable, easy-to-deploy hyperconverged infrastructure appliance. Available as an all-inclusive solution, UCP HC uses VMware vSAN™, the industry-leading software that powers hyperconverged infrastructure, for simplicity, agility and fully-orchestrated installation, management and upgrades.

The new Hitachi Advanced Server DS225 with NVIDIA Tesla GPU support addresses opportunities that require advanced graphics capabilities such as VDI, CAD/CAE and collaborative workplaces, along with advanced analytics solutions. New Intel Optane NVMe SSD caching in the DS120 server provides high performance and low latency transaction processing for critical applications and analytics environments. The higher capacity storage in the new DS220 server addresses use cases such as test and development, branch office support, content repositories and file services.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS (UCP RS) is a rack-scale system designed to simplify the deployment of an agile data infrastructure at scale. When combined with VMware Cloud Foundation, the latest version of VMware’s integrated hybrid cloud platform,  the integrated system enables customers to deploy a hybrid cloud with a fast time to market and pay-as-you-go economics. Key new components and enhancements to Hitachi UCP RS include the use of Intel Skylake all-flash servers for improved performance and efficiency, and support for VMware vSAN. This lowers the cost for smaller deployments, bringing a simple, secure and agile cloud infrastructure to a new class of customers.

“We are partnering with Hitachi Vantara to speed the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure powered by VMware vSAN to larger enterprises”, said Lee Caswell, vice president of product, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. “Hitachi Vantara offers unique integration with VMware solutions, including VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation, to deliver a digital foundation for traditional and cloud native applications as enterprises look for developer-ready infrastructure with a sleek new operations model.”

Expanded Applications Ecosystem Solutions

Applications ecosystem solutions, powered by the UCP family of systems, deliver pre-integrated, optimized and certified infrastructure solutions and reference architectures, combined with application-centric professional services.

The new Hitachi Solution for the SAP HANA Platform simplifies the analysis of SAP HANA data as well as big data from multiple sources in real time to drive faster and more informed business decisions. New SAP HANA solution options include tailored data center integration (TDI) certifications with leading density and efficiency, scaling to 64 nodes per frame and featuring new Hitachi VSP flash storage systems to run the most demanding SAP applications. New appliance certifications scale up to 8 CPUs and 12TB, and are ideally suited for SAP Business Suite 4 HANA (SAP S/4 HANA) to drive financials, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and other mission-critical enterprise operations. In addition, Hitachi has added resource forecasting analytics and threshold alerts to Hitachi Server and Storage Adapters for the SAP HANA Cockpit centralized management console.

A Hitachi Solution for Databases with Oracle Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) optimization offloads warm and cold data to a data lake consisting of a certified MongoDB cluster running on Hitachi UCP RS systems. This can reduce the cost of software licensing, scale-out capability and hardware acquisitions while supporting analytics on Oracle EDW and MongoDB. Hitachi’s Pentaho Data Integration allows access to both existing EDW and secondary big data environments from a single tool.

Pretested, prevalidated infrastructure featuring certified Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub and MongoDB Enterprise compute clusters, complement Pentaho Data Integration for key use cases like cybersecurity. New reference architectures with certified infrastructure for Cloudera and MongoDB provide customers with tested systems, consistent expertise and best practices learned through years of experience in data management.

“It is critical that enterprise customers get the most value from all their data to grow their top line, connect their products and services, and protect their business. Together, Hitachi Vantara and Cloudera can help,” said Philippe Marinier, vice president, Business Development at Cloudera. “The new reference architecture from Hitachi Vantara with certified infrastructure on Cloudera’s modern platform for machine learning and analytics optimized for the cloud can empower our joint customers to transform complex data into actionable insights to drive their digital transformation.”

“Hitachi UCP systems allow customers to respond quicker to business needs with a simplified, standard platform that is fast to deploy and easy to manage, with less risk,” said Bob Madaio, vice president, Infrastructure Solutions Marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “Together with enhanced, pretested application solutions, Hitachi’s converged infrastructure systems are helping customers ensure maximum ROI on the infrastructure running their most critical applications and analytics environments.”

Product Availability and Information

All new Hitachi UCP systems and applications ecosystem solutions are either available globally today or will be available in August. Contact a local Hitachi Vantara representative for specific availability timeframes. For more information on the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform family, visit:

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