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New Acronis True Image Cloud provides businesses with cloud and local data protection with new support for Android, iPhone, and iPad Devices and Windows Tablets and is Windows 10 ready

Record Q2 results driven by a 64% growth in enterprise sector as companies recognise limitations of legacy backup

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:17

Actifio adds Google’s Nearline storage

Vault profiles accessing Google’s long-term Nearline storage can now be added from within Actifio Enterprise 

Paul Evans explains why businesses should migrate their data to the cloud in a phased approach if they want to keep a tight rein on their spending

Friday, 19 June 2015 11:35

Backup is only half of the story

NetApp’s Laurence James says data centre managers salaries should be measured on what they can restore and recover, not what they have backed up

New AltaVault solution allows enterprises to backup data into the cloud quickly and at up to 90% less cost than on-premises solutions

Integration with EMC VNX and VNXe Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays is to be delivered in the new Veeam Availability Suite v9 

New solutions from Commvault are designed to operationalise cloud usage and make large scale recovery a reality in the cloud

Enterprise cloud recovery business Unitrends launches a free virtualisation data protection solution for vSphere and Hyper-V

Veeam Availability Suite v8 Now Supports VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols), VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) 2.0 and other vSphere 6 storage solutions

Research shows test and development environments create nearly twice as many requests to restore data than production environments.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:04

Attix5 Pro Peregrine V8 the fastest backup

The latest update to Attix5’s cloud-based backup solution claims to be the fastest backup product in the world with backup speeds of 30 million files an hour

Rocket Computer Solutions provide data solutions to local schools, but the growth in data created by the schools was starting to produce a real headache, until Redstor stepped in with a reliable and automated data protection solution based in the cloud.

Veeam Data Centre Availability Report 2014 shows businesses cannot meet the requirements of an always-on business, with application failures occurring more than once per month

IBM has opened its first Cloud Resiliency Centre in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina to help businesses survive the unexpected and will be adding two more in Europe and Asia.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 15:59

System Reflection Professional

System Reflection Professional is the perfect complement to a cloud backup solution

Acronis is on the acquisition trail with another purchase this time it’s a disaster recovery as a service business with the ability to restore full system backups to a cloud infrastructure

The latest DRaaS offering from Quorum is intended to make one-click recovery more affordable for smaller environments with support for up to three, seven and twelve servers

Acronis opens four new data centres in Asia and Europe to deliver localised cloud storage

Business adoption of disaster recovery as-a-service (DRaaS) is expected to grow rapidly in the near future as companies seek flexible backup solutions. Analyst Technavio is predicting the increase in deployment will see the DRaaS market experience compound annual growth of 54.64% over the next four years.

Cloud, Business Continuity and IT Managed Services business Phoenix, won the highly acclaimed Best Endpoint Cloud Backup and Recovery Implementation award at the Global Asigra Hybrid Partner Awards held in Toronto Canada last night. The Group was also shortlisted for Asigra Hybrid Partner of the Year, Best Recovery Success Story and Best Cloud Backup & Recovery Competitive Takeout. The Awards are attended by Asigra's solution and service partners from around the world with over 200 people in attendance on the night.

The global award was given to Phoenix for the ‘Best End Point Cloud Backup and Recovery Implementation’ powered by Asigra, and is based on Phoenix’s work with a major UK plc. The Group demonstrated that the Asigra powered Phoenix Cloud Backup & Recovery platform extends beyond the datacentre, allowing clients to utilise the service to other data within their environment whilst maintaining their goal of having a single, secure and managed offsite repository of their protected data. Phoenix’s Asigra powered Cloud Backup & Recovery solution demonstrated that it could satisfy their strict requirements to protect critical data stored on circa 3000 mobile devices, achieve regulatory compliance, minimise reputational risk and ensure customer confidentiality.

Commenting on the award, Mike Osborne, Managing Director of Business Continuity at Phoenix, said: “Asigra has over 1,000,000 users globally and therefore their Hybrid Partner Awards are extremely well respected for their recognition of Asigra's partners' achievements in generating demand for and delivering solutions on their Cloud Backup services throughout the world. This is a significant win for the Phoenix IT Group as it not only demonstrates the wide breadth and quality of our service delivery, but it also recognises Phoenix as a leader in the highly competitive Cloud Backup & Recovery market.

“Moreover this is also great news for the Group as the customer example used in our submission demonstrates how our Phoenix Cloud based business continuity services were integrated with our existing Phoenix managed services to create a seamless, service-level assured solution.  I am extremely proud of the Group's capability to make this happen and the team involved for all their hard work.”

This is Phoenix’s fourth award in the past month, having been awarded BT ICT Partner of the Year, Business Continuity Provider of the Year in the product category for its Virtual Disaster Recovery platform at the Business Continuity Institute European Awards and Cloud Services Provider of the Year at the CIR Business Continuity Awards.

Cloud and IT Managed Service Phoenix has been confirmed as a supplier for the RM1557v, the Government’s procurement framework for Cloud computing services.

G-Cloud V is to be the fifth round of procurement to the Government’s G-Cloud framework and Phoenix will be offering a portfolio of products and services to it. These include Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, and Specialist Cloud services.

Increasingly, more and more public sector organisations are exploring and exploiting the benefit of the Cloud via the G-Cloud framework – in using the framework, public sector organisations can more easily access the newest and most innovative Cloud services. This simplified process makes it easier for suppliers to provide these services, which in turn gives the public sector organisations far greater choice.

At the end of last year, Phoenix launched CloudSure UK, an off-the-shelf next-generation enterprise class infrastructure that delivers IT resources as a service, and last week won BT ICT partner of the year for its Managed Services division both of which highlight Phoenix’s commitment and investment in the growing Cloud industry.

Tim Bodill, Director of Phoenix MS Division says: “We have always been a firm believer in the G-Cloud framework and we will use our presence to demonstrate our experience and strength, by providing public sector organisations with access to an array of trusted Cloud services.”

Business continuity service provider Phoenix has won the highly acclaimed Cloud Services Provider of the Year at the CIR Business Continuity Awards at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London on Thursday night.

The award for best Cloud Services Provider recognises the company’s wide range of leading edge Cloud products, including Cloud Backup, CloudSure UK and the Shadow Planner Cloud based BC software. Over the past year, Phoenix has not only enhanced its Cloud Backup and Recovery Services but also launched CloudSure UK, a new Platform as a Service, providing a secure, virtualised environment delivering IT resources. The submission for this award also included Phoenix’s Shadow-Planner software, which helps organisations build and maintain BC plans, Business Impact Analyses (BIAs), crisis management and emergency notification solutions with data stored in the Phoenix Cloud.

The CIR Business Continuity Awards recognise innovative business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals. In addition to winning this category, Phoenix’s Karen Azzopardi came highly commended in the Business Continuity Consultant of the Year category, following Andrew Voules winning the category last year.

Commenting on the award, Mike Osborne, Managing Director of Business Continuity at Phoenix, said: “I am delighted that Phoenix has been recognised for all of our hard work and efforts in becoming a leader in innovative cloud software solutions for the BC industry and this award comes at a time when the adoption of Cloud services is quickening. Phoenix recognised the need to invest in resilient Cloud production and Cloud-based IT recovery services as growing enterprises needing secure UK-located Cloud computing services continues to rise. An award such as this from CIR is a great recognition of the quality of the services we provide.”

This is Phoenix’s third award in the past two weeks, having been awarded BT ICT Partner of the Year and Business Continuity Provider of the Year in the product category for its VDR platform at the Business Continuity Institute European Awards.

Business continuity provider Phoenix won 'Business Continuity Provider of the Year' at European BCI Awards 2014 for their Virtual Disaster Recovery (VDR) platform. 

Mike Osborne managing director of business continuity at Phoenix summarises, “In implementing the Virtual Disaster Recovery platform Phoenix has embraced the future of our industry with Business Continuity disciplines honed over our 25 years, embedded into the modern Cloud platform. The technology benefits of this innovation are impressive, but where it truly wins is in how the technology is applied to meet the needs of the business continuity professional.”

Karen Azzopardi from Phoenix, who herself was a finalist in the category of European Business Continuity Consultant of the Year, was at the awards ceremony to accept the award.

Phoenix was also highly commended in the category of Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Service) in recognition of its commitment to excellent service delivery levels and advancement of business continuity provision in the industry.

Responding to the commendation Mike Osborne commented, “Our technical services team has so much innovation in development that it would be easy to overlook the staff who are also needed to support the tech and deliver customer support.  However, we’re a service organisation first and foremost and our focus day in, day out is on maintaining our excellent service levels, exceeding customer expectations and delivering a service in which our customers trust. I am delighted that our people have also been recognised on the same night that our technology has won an award. It's the blend of the two that makes us industry leaders'.

Business Continuity and IT Managed Services provider Phoenix has been named BT’s ICT Partner of the Year for 2014, for their Managed Services division.

This highly prestigious accolade is in recognition of Phoenix’s work with BT Business Partner Sales, a channel-to-market targeting UK SMEs & Corporates where Phoenix has produced its best ever performance in ICT business, growing total ICT sales by 170%.

BT Business Partner Sales operate a sales referral model where partners such as Phoenix find new business. In its role, Phoenix resell BT’s connectivity as part of Phoenix’s WAN services, including its CloudSure UK platform, delivering significant levels of incremental contracts to BT each year.

CloudSure UK is Phoenix’s packages of secure, reliable hosting solutions, built using leading Cloud computing technology and allows customers to harness the benefits of enterprise-quality Cloud computing for less cost.

Commenting on winning the award, Tim Bodill, Sales Director of Managed Services at Phoenix, said:“I am delighted that Phoenix has been recognised for this award.  Our communications team, under Nick Panton’s guidance, has worked hard to drive growth and innovation in a competitive environment.  BT’s extensive network capability provides the ideal connectivity platform over which we can deliver the growing range of CloudSure UK services. This enables us to provide secure, agile and high performance business solutions which can flex as our customers continue to grow and ensure that Phoenix is an essential partner in delivering customers’ technology needs.  This accolade from BT reinforces the strong relationship we already enjoy and the commitment to deliver further growth over the coming year.”

Martin Clarke, BT General Manager, said "Phoenix's performance has been driven by new business acquired from our competitors and they have more than tripled the value of New Business versus last year. They have a great team of highly skilled people who work very closely with their Partner Manager, Dave Male, and ICT specialist, Ian Roberts. The whole team keeps up to date with the latest developments to ensure they give their customers the best possible service. This is a great stepping stone for Phoenix to continue this into the next year and achieve double digit growth."

In addition to winning this award, Phoenix was also nominated for two other awards, including Overall Partner of the Year, illustrating Phoenix’s strong reputation as a partner within BT.

Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) is a high-performing college with success rates significantly above the national benchmark. The College offers full-time, part-time and higher education studies, as well as apprenticeships.

Despite having a standard IT environment in position staff at BCA felt that performance was poor, high availability services were impossible and backups were problematic.  As a result of this the Director of IT at BCA looked to Phoenix to help them implement a fit-for-purpose high-availability and fully scalable infrastructure that could support the college for the next five years.

The solution which incorporated virtualisation, data storage, back-up and recovery was implemented by Phoenix, including HP Blade servers, HP 3PAR storage, VMware and Veeam technology.

The result was a high performance virtualised infrastructure fit for the 21st century which would be scalable to support future growth in data requirements, provide new efficiencies, increase storage availability and enable greater resiliency through assured backup, replication and recovery.

Following implementation the benefits were quickly realised by BCA including a huge increase in performance and availability, plus a reduction in the number of physical servers meant a smaller IT footprint which freed up space, while also lowering cooling requirements and so energy costs.

To view the full case study and find out exactly how Phoenix helped Berkshire College of Agriculture please click here.

Phoenix one of the first to achieve the ISO 22301 Business Continuity standard demonstrating its commitment to driving best practice across business continuity

UK IT recovery provider, Phoenix, has enhanced its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) with news that it has become one of the first UK companies to achieve the new international business continuity standard ISO 22301.  

ISO 22301 is the latest international requirement standard for business continuity management, which specifies the setting up and managing of an effective BCMS for any organisation, regardless of type or size.

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance the leading independent provider of business assurance services carried out the certification audit. It has certified that Phoenix meets all the requirements of the standard, which applies to all of the Phoenix recovery centres across the UK, including the main administration office in Aston in the West Midlands.

Phoenix had already been certified against the earlier BS 25999 standard since 2010, and the realignment to the enhanced requirements of this new standard was a key next step.  As an immediate response to achieving the standard the BC management team have now implemented a new programme to develop the BCMS further, committing Phoenix to future significant exercises and company awareness campaigns.

Mike Osborne, managing director of Phoenix Business Continuity Unit commented: “Over 1600 organisations including some of the largest household names, rely on our services to keep their data securely backed up and ready to recover, provide user access to their corporate systems during a business interruption and a place ready for staff to work from if they can’t access their usual office.

Now we’re accredited, we’re eager to work with our customers to help them achieve this important standard - to help plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve their BCM systems.”

“Achieving the standard is a fantastic milestone for us at Phoenix and clearly demonstrates to legislators, regulators, customers, prospective customers and other interested parties that we are committed to and continue to adhere to good practice in BCM.



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