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UKFast Delivers Massive DDoS Mitigation Investment

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£4m investment protects businesses with new POPs launched in Amsterdam, Seattle, Manchester

British cloud technology firm UKFast is investing £4m into its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation network, DDoSX, more than doubling the capacity of the service.

The investment marks the first phase in a series of network upgrades for the firm and sees the launch of a number of new points of presence (POPs) in Amsterdam, Seattle and Manchester, alongside the existing UK, EU and US DDoSX POPs.

DDoSX uses complex algorithms and AI to analyse malicious online behaviour and defends organisations against the significant impact of DDoS attacks, absorbing traffic and filtering it away from the target’s server.

The global DDoSX infrastructure also offers clients access to content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF) services.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “The rise in the intensity and regularity of DDoS attacks in recent years is alarming. A decade ago we might have seen one DDoS attack a year. Nowadays it can be three or four a day.

“The latest investment in DDoSX enables greater performance and resilience for clients, whilst giving us the capacity to absorb attacks of even greater strength. The new POPs are also strategically positioned to allow our CDN to deliver content at incredible speed to our clients’ end users around the world.

Whilst attackers often use proxy servers to mask their identity, everything is traceable on the internet. There are more and more people being prosecuted for DDoS and similar attacks. Our AI platform uses data from multiple touch points across the network and security operations centre, collating information about specific IPs and locations to keep on watch lists. We are working closely with law enforcement agencies to help protect people online.

DDoS attacks are still on the rise, with attackers harnessing insecure IoT devices to create ever-larger botnets. The largest DDoS attack ever delivered occurred in 2018, measuring 1.3Tbps.

UKFast CTO Neil Lathwood added: “DDoSX is a simple, plug-and-play solution that’s proved incredibly popular in the marketplace. With attackers creating botnets by targeting IoT devices running out-of-date firmware, DDoS attacks continue to increase in intensity and remain a significant threat.

DDoS attacks on eCommerce websites traditionally spike around peak shopping periods, creating the maximum amount of disruption possible. It’s not unknown for it to be used to blackmail business owners or bring down competitors.

“Downtime from a DDoS attack is incredibly damaging for the countless organisations that depend on being up and running 24/7/365.”

“We’ll continue to invest in developing the platform. Full-page caching and global load balancing are both in the DDoSX road map for 2019.”

DDoSX is billed at one fixed charge per domain.

About UKFast

UKFast is one of the largest independently owned hosting providers in the UK, with revenue topping £53m in 2018.

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 350.

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 and charities.

HPE Named a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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HPE Named a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for HCI

The HPE team is excited to announce that HPE has been recognized as a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The team at HPE takes great pride in this distinction since customer feedback continues to shape our products and services.

In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.

For this distinction, a vendor must have a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average overall rating of 4.2 stars or higher. HPE has an overall rating of 4.5/5.0 based on 200 verified published reviews, 174 of which are for HPE SimpliVity, as of March 19, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from customers that contributed reviews:

“SimpliVity – The BEST Hyperconverged Solution Available” – IT Manager, Manufacturing and https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/702803

“Swiss army knife for IT infrastructure or DevOps teams” – Senior IT Specialist, Miscellaneous https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/679682

“Ensure High Performance On Backup And Restore Operations” – Senior Network Architect, Finance and https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/734084

Everyone at HPE is deeply proud to be honored as a March 2019 Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). To learn more about this distinction, or to read the reviews written about HPE products by the IT professionals who use them, please visit Customers’ Choice announcement.

Customers I’ve talked to are benefiting with faster IT deployments, improved cycle times, and productivity gains, which is contributing to HPE SimpliVity growing faster than the hyperconverged infrastructure market. Particular to HCI, HPE is seeing strong adoption of HPE SimpliVity powered by Intel® in data center consolidation, VDI, edge and ROBO use cases. Alterra Mountain Company, The Jackson Laboratory, Princeton Holdings, Promesa, and thousands of other HPE SimpliVity customers are shifting from spending valuable time and resources on operations to driving real business outcomes and innovation. Customers are innovating faster and driving digital transformation in their data centers, and HPE SimpliVity and HPE Composable Cloud with Synergy and ProLiant DL helps to enable that transformation.

To all of the customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews mold HPE’s products and customer journey, and HPE looks forward to building on the experience that earned this distinction!


The GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS CUSTOMERS’ CHOICE badge is a trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.

iQuate Delivers the Right Mix of Hybrid Cloud with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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iQCloud Fuels HPE Right Mix Advisor with Automated Discovery and Dependency Mapping

iQuate’s iQCloud Discovery has been selected by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as a core component of their new offering HPE Right Mix Advisor which enables organizations to develop their hybrid cloud strategy with confidence and accuracy.

Large organizations have thousands of applications with dependencies running on complex architectures. Lack of visibility into this complexity makes it impossible to determine the right mix of hybrid cloud for their business needs.

iQCloud’s agentless SaaS based discovery was purpose-built to provide clarity and visibility of all applications running across hybrid environments. The iQCloud integration with HPE Right Mix Advisor enables organizations to move applications to the cloud rapidly with the confidence the optimal platform(s) are selected whether public, private, or on-premises.

“While enterprise have generally accepted hybrid cloud platforms as the most efficient, there are complexities in identifying which applications are best suited for any given platform,” says Erik Vogel, Global Vice President of HPE Pointnext. “HPE Right Mix Advisor, as an approach, brings together expertise, tooling ecosystem, and methodologies. iQuate’s iQCloud provides a particular comprehensive application discovery phase, with the clear advantage of the tooling being jointly engineered and coded.”

“HPE is a strategic partner that shares our vision for the future with HPE Right Mix Advisor” says Paul Mansfield, CTO of iQuate. “What once took customers months of manual, error-prone discovery to understand their IT estate and move the right applications to the right platform, has now been cut down to weeks with iQCloud and HPE Right Mix Advisor.”

For more information on HPE Right Mix Advisor please see here.

About iQuate

iQuate is a global leader in agentless discovery and service mapping enabling organizations to obtain a complete picture of Hybrid IT, which includes applications, workloads, and supporting infrastructure. Get the knowledge needed to support a right mix-strategy to accelerate Cloud Migration, IT Modernization, Data Center Transformation, and Hybrid IT Management.

“API-first” Shift Delivers Results for Cloud Hosting Firm

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UKFast launches new developer centre

Cloud hosting firm UKFast announces the launch of UKFast Developer Centre, a new platform that empowers developers to integrate their own systems and software with UKFast’s products and services.

The move comes following the delivery in the last 18 months of application programming interfaces (APIs) across key products within the UKFast product range.

APIs are driving sales for UKFast by opening up new options for resellers and systems integrators and enabling greater flexibility for developers requiring hosting and security solutions.

UKFast is now outlining an “API-first” commitment to product development and delivery, ensuring all future UKFast products have APIs built into their automation from the ground up.

APIs for UKFast’s flagship eCloud hosting range, SafeDNS, DDoSX and UKFast Storage are already live.

UKFast CTO Neil Lathwood said: “We’ve had APIs in our products for several years, but this marks a change of approach for us and really enables developers to get the most out of our product range. We’ve put in a huge amount of work in the background to make sure the APIs are simple to consume but provide complete control to clients. This makes a huge difference to the way developers and systems integrators interact with us and consume our services.

“Our commitment now is to provision APIs at the start of the product development process. We’re flipping our launch model and enabling clients to access eCloud more quickly and in a number of different ways. APIs are moving UKFast closer to AWS, Azure and Google, and further away from the traditional hosting providers.

“We want developers to get creative with the powerful APIs we’ve built. They can get on with their job and they’re in full control. It’s about providing choice, speed and flexibility.”

New Software Developer Kits (SDKs) make it simple to work with the APIs and make integration more streamlined.

UKFast customers can spin up virtual machines in seconds and provision resources at the touch of a button.

CEO Lawrence Jones MBE added: “Many clients want to speak to a person before provisioning services, but we’re giving system integrators and developers greater opportunity to deliver for their clients with zero friction. It’s an incredible opportunity for resellers to offer a super-fast, wholly UK-based cloud alternative through an API delivery model.

“Just because we’re enabling our customers to do more themselves and have more control, it doesn’t stop us picking up the telephone and adopting a consultative approach, which is what sets us apart from some of the larger players. This continuous feedback loop enables us to research, develop and deliver.”

Find out more about connecting to UKFast’s APIs.

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

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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: https://enterprise-cloud.cancom.de/en/

About CANCOM

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

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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

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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

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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”.

About

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.

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