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Mono Solutions acquired by Bauer Media Group

COPENHAGEN / HAMBURG, 22-Jul-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Leading white label small business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform provider Mono Solutions joins Bauer Media Group. Bauer Media Group is a leading multi-business portfolio company with a strong focus on media and online services. The deal closed on Thursday, July 18th.

Together, Mono and Bauer will put more muscle and acceleration behind a shared product vision of data-driven and intelligent marketing solutions to drive SME success.

Mono has been looking for a way to accelerate product delivery and overall growth based on a strong conviction of the potential of the Mono platform to significantly help SMEs succeed online. SME marketing and sales services are an essential part of Bauer Media Group’s new business growth strategy. Bauer’s specific interest and belief in Mono’s current channel partner strategy is seen as an ideal head start.

Bauer Media’s COO Veit Dengler comments, “Mono’s strength in the market is driven by the perfect combination of leading technology with excellent service expertise to deliver best-in-class marketing solutions for SMEs at scale. Our newly established business area in SME marketing and sales services will strongly benefit from Mono’s expertise and position in the market. We are looking forward to working together and learning from each other.”

Both companies are clearly aligned on the vision, allowing Mono to continue to innovate together with Bauer’s ability to enable growth and provide a strong network. Louise Lachmann, co-founder and CEO of Mono Solutions underlines, “We found the perfect match with Bauer. Our visions are completely aligned and this transaction will significantly benefit our partners and the SMEs they serve by driving innovation to the market faster than ever before.”

Mono’s company name, branding, management and entire team structure remain as they were pre-acquisition, keeping the momentum and agility to support Mono’s and Bauer’s shared dedication to product innovation.

About Mono Solutions

Mono Solutions delivers the ultimate SaaS-based digital marketing platform for empowering small businesses across the digital landscape, making it easier for them to connect and drive business with their customers online. As a fully-white label solution, Mono empowers 70+ digital service providers across the globe with a true do-it-with-me (DIWM) approach to offering digital marketing solutions to increase engagement and deliver real ROI to their SME clients.

About Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group has become an enduringly successful media corporation by focusing on creating content that matters most to millions of people around the world: from print and online publishing to radio and money-helper services for consumers, as well as sales and marketing services for SME. Family-owned in the 6th generation, Bauer focuses on the long term, with a consumer-first mindset that guides us across our increasingly diverse portfolio. Our workforce of 11,500 shares a passion – to deliver content and services that are popular with, and helpful to, our customers and partners.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Mono Solutions’ new platform interface for easier and more efficient website production will enable a true do-it-with-me (DIWM) experience

COPENHAGEN, 14-Feb-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is proud to launch a completely new platform interface that will dramatically improve the overall user experience for even faster, easier and more efficient website production, as well as enable a true do-it-with-me (DIWM) experience for small businesses and their trusted service providers. As part of the new interface launch, Mono also announces the official launch of Mono Scheduling.

Watch our video to learn more about the new era of Mono.

THE ULTIMATE DIWM SOLUTION

The new Mono interface makes the platform ideal for SMBs and their digital service providers to work better together. Adaptable to different user skills and roles, the new interface will make it twice as fast for service providers to make advanced and unique website designs. At the same time, it is intuitive enough that business owners can easily update and manage their online presence themselves, offering greater flexibility and control.

“I am very proud of the new Mono interface – it is not just an interface improvement, it is a game changer. We see a growing need in the market for DIWM offerings where digital service providers and small businesses work more closely to ensure online success. Mono’s mission is to provide our partners with best in class technology and we truly look forward to working with our partners to embrace all the opportunities this new interface brings.”

– Louise Lachmann, CEO of Mono Solutions

INTRODUCING MONO SCHEDULING

With the launch of the new interface, Mono is also proud to announce the launch of Mono Scheduling, a native online appointment booking solution for small businesses.

“We see online appointment booking as a significant business driver for small businesses in many industries to meet consumer expectations. With Mono Scheduling our partners can offer their SMB clients the best online booking solution that matches their need for convenience and ideal budget. It was our vision to create a product tailored to these needs and I am very proud of the result”.

– Svenn Andersen, COO of Mono Solutions

Mono Scheduling features easy booking management, calendar synchronization, email and SMS reminders, and support for multiple languages, time zones and currencies. The solution drives an online wizard for seamless on-site appointment scheduling for website visitors, a dashboard with relevant statistics and unlimited access to all features including number of staff members, services and bookings. Learn more about Mono Scheduling.

EXPERIENCE THE NEW ERA OF MONO

Mono’s new interface offers digital service providers the ability to service small business owners at any level. It gives SMBs one single platform to work with to drive their business online and provides service providers with more products that enable recurring revenue beyond the website.

Mono will be exhibiting the new interface and Mono Scheduling at several conferences this spring, including LSA19 in Dana Point and SIINDA Localcomm in Dubai and London. It is also possible to book a demo with the Mono team.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

bfound will use Mono Platform to offer digital marketing solutions like email marketing, simple personalization and SMB-friendly customer management in UAE

COPENHAGEN, 31-Jan-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is proud to announce our partnership with bfound, a provider of digital marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the Middle East.

The partnership provides bfound with the technology to provide small businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a professional digital presence, and extends Mono’s global partner base to the Middle East. The Mono Platform has enabled bfound with the opportunity to offer a wide variety of digital marketing solutions, including email marketing, simple personalization and SMB-friendly customer management.

With an established base of customers, bfound was searching for an SMB-friendly platform to help them build and manage websites at scale. In addition, bfound was focused on finding an established technology partner that was experienced within the small business segment, and already trusted by other local digital marketing providers around the world.

“From top notch performance to ease-of-use, the Mono Platform fulfilled all our needs in a digital marketing platform for small businesses in our market. In combination with their partner-first approach and helping us go-to-market with a website offering so quickly, we feel very confident that we will continue to have success in driving more business for small businesses across the Middle East .” says Erik Bjerlestam, CEO of bfound

With a strong partner-first approach, Mono is dedicated to empowering our partners with the best technology for a strong digital presence offering. To support bfound’s existing customer base in the Middle East, the Mono Platform was updated with Arabic language support as well as the ability for right-to-left writing. The addition of these critical features helped bfound to quickly go-to-market with competitive digital presence offering, including a professional website, Mono On-Site Engagements and Mono Email Marketing.

“Working with the bfound to begin offering digital presence offerings to small businesses in the Middle East has been a great experience. Their passion for helping their small business customers make the most out of their investment into digital marketing is truly admirable, and we look forward to support them in their expansion across the UAE and beyond. ” says Matt Matergia, Director of Business Development at Mono Solutions

Bfound launched on the Mono Platform in February 2018, and serves hundred of businesses across all verticals.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Fonecta to use Mono Platform to expand its digital presence services

COPENHAGEN, 16-Jan-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Fonecta, the largest digital marketing service provider in Finland.

Fonecta was searching for an advanced Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to strengthen and renew their suite of digital offerings for their SMB customers. With the addition of offerings from the Mono Platform, Fonecta will be able to expand their digital presence services to add customer engagement solutions, including native email marketing and simple on-site personalization, to help drive a real return-on-investment for their small business customers across Finland.

The Mono Platform came highly recommended by Fonecta’s sister companies, Herold and DTG, that are already operating on the Mono Platform in Austria and the Netherlands respectively. Previously using multiple platforms for websites, the Mono Platform will also allow Fonecta to streamline the fulfillment of digital presence services.

With the Mono Platform, we are able to even better help our customers to create credibility among their own customers and to extend their visibility and presence online. Finally we have also found a platform that makes it possible to migrate websites from many different platforms into one.”  says Mika Salminen, Head of Product Development from Fonecta.

Designed to manage website and digital offerings at scale, Mono was chosen as Fonecta’s platform-of-choice for it’s intuitive user interface. The multi-site management tools built-in to the Mono Platform will also empower Fonecta to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver a professional online presence for their small business customers.

“We’re honored to partner with Fonecta and help them bring the technology platform behind their digital presence offerings to the next level. Fonecta already serves thousand of small businesses across Finland, and with the adoption of the data-driven Mono Platform they can rest assured that they have an easy-to-use platform in place that will help their small business customers to succeed online.” says Tricia Score, Global Head of Sales.

Fonecta officially launched on the Mono Platform in November 2018, and will expand their digital portfolio throughout 2019 to focus on encouraging more engagement from business owners in managing their online presence. With Fonecta launching on the Mono Platform, the entire European Directories Group (EDSA) is now partnered with Mono Solutions.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PA DIGITAL selects the Mono Platform to deliver modern websites and additional digital marketing services to SMBs in Spain

COPENHAGEN, 01-Aug-2018 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is proud to announce a new partnership with the leading provider of digital services for small businesses in Spain, PA DIGITAL.

The partnership allows PA Digital to deliver modern websites and additional digital marketing services to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across all of Spain. PA DIGITAL has chosen the Mono Platform for its superior technology in building high-quality websites as well as its commitment to partner success.

With more than fifty years of experience in serving small businesses, PA DIGITAL’s strategic focus is to provide simple and efficient solutions to help Spanish SMBs successfully digitize their business. With existing offerings of website creation and maintenance, PA DIGITAL was on the search for a new technology platform to help them deliver more modern digital services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

“As we were looking for a new platform to support our website business, it was important to us to find a platform that allowed us to build at scale, offer best-in-class technical performance on our SMB customers’ websites and help us expand the digital offering to our clients with additional functionality over time. After engaging with Mono and testing their Software-as-a-Service platform, we were thrilled to see that they not only offered superior technology, meeting our requirements, but also confirmed that they will be a true partner in growing our business” says Paul Geldart, COO of PA DIGITAL.

Designed for large-scale website fulfillment, the Mono Platform meets the highest technical standards, including W3C compliance, lightning-fast performance and meticulous optimization for traditional, local and voice search with schema.org-friendly structured data. In addition, PA Digital will also benefit from Mono’s integration with Yext’s leading digital knowledge management solution for even faster go-to-market. The integration drives powerful automatic initial website production and keeps small business’ data consistent across the web.

New, more modern websites are not the only way to prevent churn. It was important to PA Digital to find a platform that would enable them to offer increased value to their customers. With fully-native e-commerce, CRM and customer engagement features, the Mono Platform enables PA DIGITAL to offer true ROI-driven services to their SMB customers.

“With a focus on selling websites to their established base of SMB customers, combined with their vision for providing additional digital services around the website, PA DIGITAL is a perfect partner for Mono. PA DIGITAL is our first partner in Spain and we look forward to helping them leverage our technology platform to deliver modern digital presence solutions to thousands of small businesses across Spain.” says Louise Lachmann, CEO at Mono Solutions.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bulgarian Rax.bg certified as Cloud computing Service Provider on the VMware vCloud Air Network Program

SOFIA, Bulgaria, 28-Jun-2016 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — RAX.bg, a provider of Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud computing, today announced its entry into the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network, with RAX vCloud Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Servers, a VMware IaaS Powered service. This designation illustrates to customers that the company’s public cloud service is validated using and compatible for use with VMware vSphere®, the leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures.

A member of the VMware vCloud Air Network, RAX provides its VMware IaaS Powered service using proven VMware technology that organizations already use in their existing data centers. VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers offer global cloud services in more than 100 countries.

“VMware IaaS Powered services delivered by VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers can provide the efficiency, agility, and reliability inherent in cloud computing,” said Graham Crich, Director, Cloud and Service Provider Partners, EMEA, VMware. “We look forward to supporting RAX further as it empowers organizations with a simple and flexible path to the cloud.”

Customers of RAX have the ability to move workloads from their VMware vSphere-based virtualized or private cloud environment to the VMware IaaS Powered service. This allows customers to achieve flexibility and security, while enabling increased IT agility.

RAX sought VMware IaaS Powered validation in order to improve its overall cloud computing capabilities, to add high availability and automated fault tolerance to its public and private cloud services and to provide more businesses with the opportunity to take advantage of VMware’s unique hybrid cloud computing technology. As a VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider, RAX can now provide users with enhanced responsiveness and agility, and enable reduced IT costs through greater performance, availability and scalability.

The service debuted on June 15, 2016.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Voonami and Tegile Systems Partner on Remote Replication Service for Affordable, High Performance Data Protection

Voonami, a provider of a broad portfolio of offerings for outsourced data centers services (www.voonami.com), and Tegile Systems (www.tegile.com), a leading provider of hybrid storage arrays for virtualized server and desktop environments, today announced a partnership on a new managed replication service that provides Tegile customers with an unmatched value proposition to securely protect their data at Voonami’s world-class data centers with onsite-level application performance of replicated data.

The Voonami managed replication service leverages the remote replication functionality built into every TegileZebi hybrid array. Tegile users do not need to purchase any replication or backup software, but simply order the service from Voonami and immediately gain the benefits of distributed data protection to a  secure Voonami data center without any additional hardware or software expenditure.

“The combination of Tegile’s disruptive technology and the world class data center resources of Voonami now make it possible to eliminate the cost and complexity barriers to outsourcing data protection projects to the cloud,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile Systems. “Everything is built in so our customers simply replicate their data over the cloud to a shared resource at Voonami. We’re excited to add another extremely compelling resource to the Zebi package.”

Voonami president Ben Bush said that the out-of-the-box replication functionality highlights the unsurpassed customer value of Zebi arrays, enabling out of the box replication for a variety of use cases.  “Our distributed replication service can be a pure offsite backup play or a disaster recovery play.  People now have the ability to spin up virtual machines on replicated storage with the same performance as their primary storage.”

The new remote replication service expands the relationship between Voonami and Tegile. Voonami previously installed Zebi 2100 arrays in its two data centers to accelerate the performance of its cloud computing and Storage as a Service product offerings.

The Voonami-Tegile replication service is the first of its kind for a hybrid SSD array vendor with a Managed Service Provider and signals the strength that Tegile has established with service provider customers, who are adopting Tegile’sZebi hybrid arrays for the transformational economics that make SSD performance affordable for outsourcing services.

Zebi hybrid arrays are 5-12 times less expensive than all-flash arrays on a cost-per-gigabyte basis, but the breakthrough architecture delivers SSD-level performance for every application even if the data resides on hard diskstorage. Additionally, with integrated in-line data deduplication and compression, Tegile arrays cost about $1 per gigabyte, competitive with traditional enterprise disk arrays but with vastly lower operational costs for power and cooling.  Tegile’s package of high IOPS performance and aggressive cost control is unmatched by pure SSD or conventional hard disk arrays.

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Growth Drives AgreeYa to Move Its Global Headquarters

AgreeYa Solutions today moved its Global Headquarters to their new office building in Folsom, CA. In response to the strong growth that AgreeYa has witnessed in past few years, the Folsom, CA based technology solutions, and staffing services company has outgrown its current premises.

The new location is based on the 605 Coolidge Drive, Folsom, CA. AgreeYa will continue to provide technology solutions and staffing services for existing and new customers. The new building houses advanced technology, multiple forms of audio and video communications, provides infrastructure and services that promotes teamwork and synergy across all and offers excellent transportation links. The new office with over 23,000 sq feet is more than double in size from previous office based on the Woodmere Road, Folsom, CA.

Commenting on the move, Ajay Kaul, Managing Partner of AgreeYa said, “This is an exciting time for AgreeYa. Our existing HQ facility had little room for expansion. We are delighted to have acquired the new facility as this move will support our plans for scaling up our operations and for upcoming growth into 2013 and beyond.”

Ajay added “Our business has shown strong growth in the past few years underpinned by our passion to achieve success together with our customers. With recent success of our Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Social Collaboration solution – SocialXtend, our move to larger premise reflects a confidence in our ability to continue to grow and provide high quality software, solutions, and staffing services to our customers.”

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Fasthosts Launches 32 Core Dedicated Server

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has launched a powerful new, high quality server to further bolster the Fasthosts Dedicated Server range. The new Fasthosts DS1200 server boasts Solid State Drives (SSD) and 2 x 2TB of storage, providing faster access speed, greater resilience, supreme reliability and amps of storage. The DS1200 can be run via a choice of operating systems including the latest CentOS 6 operating system, includes the Plesk 10 control panel, and features a generous allowance of storage space RAM with RAID1 protection, offering better security and performance for business users.

Dedicated Servers are the ideal solution for IT professionals and businesses that require robust server operations for applications and data storage without the capital expenditure or the physical space required for running hardware 24/7 on their premises. Fasthosts’ Dedicated Servers, currently with 50 per cent off for 3 months, offer enterprises a powerful and secure server platform and far greater flexibility than on-premise solutions.

The flagship DS1200 enables businesses to leverage a best in-class specification and performance without large CAPEX commitment. The server uses 2 x 2.4GHz AMD OpteronTM 16-core processors to deliver powerful, energy-efficient performance, meaning intensive programs can be run simultaneously without the need to slow down. Users enjoy guaranteed access to unlimited bandwidth, and retain complete hands-on (KVM) remote control of their server at all times. The DS1200 guarantees 99.99% network uptime, perfect for multiple complex calculations or to host large websites, mail or media, ensuring you and your customers get the best performance.

The Fasthosts DS1200 Dedicated Server solution also benefits from massive 64GB RAM, 2 x 120GB RAID 1 SSD hard-disk drives and 2 x 2TB RAID 1 SATA hard-disk drives.

Fasthosts also includes free SSL certificates for the first year and Plesk 10 can be added for a small monthly fee. Currently, all Fasthosts Windows Dedicated Servers are provided with 50GB of free Online Backup. For those not sure which specification would best fit their business needs, the Fasthosts website provides a guide to servers that highlights the features specifically suited to business tasks.

Especially important for business users, all data is hosted in Fasthosts’ highly secure state-of-the-art UK data centres, and receives Fasthosts’ unlimited bandwidth and 100Mbps high-speed virtual data pipe. Every Fasthosts server is maintained with the latest operating system updates to maximise efficiency and security. Technical support is provided 24/7 from the UK via the phone or online.

Claire Lewis, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said: “Our new 32 core server is an excellent opportunity to access huge processor power on an affordable basis. We are confident that even the most demanding professional users will be impressed with the performance and responsiveness. Our continued investment to build world-class UK-based infrastructure means Fasthosts servers continue to be a sound proposition for many businesses.”

As a leading web hosting provider, and Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web services including domain name registrations, servers, online backup solutions, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages. Fasthosts is well placed to deliver a high quality service.

Full details can be found at www.fasthosts.co.uk.

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Fasthosts Reveals Britons Not Considering How Mobile Working Can Help A New Business

Fasthosts has revealed that the majority of Britons do not consider how technology could shape a work/life balance when considering whether or not to launch their own business.

The survey of 1500 UK adults conducted by the web hosting company found that only 14 per cent would consider the impact of technology such as smartphones, notepads and Internet applications, before concluding whether or not to launch a business. Poor economic factors and fear of losing money remain the primary reasons for reluctance to start a new project. Fasthosts advises budding entrepreneurs to speak to technology providers from the very outset, as web-based tools and ecommerce can often enable far more flexible working than many realise.

As the UK economy slowly returns to growth, Fasthosts ‘Home Business Survey’* finds that there may be thousands of entrepreneurs currently ‘sitting on the fence’ over whether to launch their own business. The good news is that the vast majority of Britons (72 per cent) would consider or have considered having their own business project. However, the data suggests that a number may not take the plunge because they unaware of how much technology can help to design and manage their work.

When asked about the main factors for consideration in whether or not to launch a business project, only 14 per cent would look into what impact technology could make on their work patterns. This is despite 1 in 4 people having doubts about their ability to cope with running a business effectively. In scoping a business idea, the most popular groups to consult for strategic advice are banks (35 per cent), potential clients (31 per cent), stock suppliers (27 per cent) and then friends and family (25 per cent).

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, commented: “It is vital for anybody thinking of starting their own business to know what is technologically possible from the very start. Selling goods and even services online is often incorrectly regarded as beyond the reach of non-technical people. Family responsibilities and financial aspects are always pressures that need to be considered. However, the huge range of Internet-based tools available for mobile working means that work patterns can be far more flexible and mobile than ever before. It is vital that before deciding if a start-up project is achievable, one looks carefully at what technology is available to help.”

Of course, the decision to launch a business project should never be taken lightly. The most common factors deterring people at this time are primarily financial ones. The unattractive economic climate is most on people’s minds (36 per cent), as well as fear of losing capital (35 per cent), a lack of funding (25 per cent) and shortfalls in business knowledge (18 per cent).

Over the coming months, Fasthosts’ ‘Work Better Online’ campaign will provide information and helpful tips on working practices, tools and technologies that can help entrepreneurs to juggle a fledgling business alongside their lives. Topics will include time management, workspace design, meetings, office dynamics, productivity, communication, motivation and real life case studies discussed.

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Fasthosts, GameShadow and epic.LAN Join Forces For Online Gaming Tournament

Fasthosts, GameShadow and epic.LAN have joined forces to launch GameShadow Battles, a fantastic opportunity for gamers to win a combined prize fund of £10,000.

Launching on 14 May, GameShadow Battles invites gamers to take part in a series of challenges within two featured games: ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Challenge’ and ‘Counter Strike: Source Challenge’.

Up to 128 teams will be able to take part in the tournament, with each team consisting of five players.

The prize fund, which is being provided by Fasthosts, will be divided equally between the two challenges, with each £5,000 prize to be shared between the top three finishing teams. The winning teams will collect £2,750, the runners up £1,500, and bronze medalists £750.

Additional prizes will also be on offer for teams who top the weekly scoreboards. The tournament brings together the best of the best with GameShadows’ significant following, Fasthosts world class hosting services and epic.LAN providing the gaming software and administering the tournament.

Mark Townsend, CEO of GameShadow commented: “We believe that this will be a thrilling battle with some of the best gamers around the UK teaming up to win not only a cash prize but also recognition in the gaming community. We are excited to be working with epic.LAN and Fasthosts, and are grateful to them for providing the support we need for such a substantial tournament. We can’t wait for the action to start.”

Steve Holford, Marketing Director of Fasthosts, stated: “We are delighted to support this inaugural GameShadow Battles tournament. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase to the gaming community the quality, performance and value of our range of hosted services and servers. Over a million customers rely on us every day to provide their websites, email and other online services, and as such this is a natural development and one we are delighted to partner with GameShadow and epic.LAN on.”

Jon Winkle, Managing Director at epic.LAN, commented: “We’re really excited to be involved in an online tournament on this scale. We hope that the gaming community will turn out in their droves. With the prizes on offer, it should be an unmissable opportunity for any gamer.”

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LIMA Networks Puts Autonet Insurance In The Fast Lane With New Storage Infrastructure

Independent IT solutions provider LIMA Networks has helped one of the UK’s largest insurance brokers to revamp its data storage infrastructure, resulting in greater flexibility and impressive cost savings.

Autonet Insurance Services Ltd, Britain’s biggest independently-owned broker in the consumer and business van insurance field, called on Manchester-based LIMA Networks to help it move away from a storage infrastructure solution that had become expensive to maintain and grow, and difficult to administer.

As a financial services company with more than five million customer enquiries per month and a need to comply with industry regulation concerning data management and recovery, Autonet needed LIMA Networks to provide an IT solution that met all of the company’s various needs. This was achieved through a NetApp and VMware virtualised solution, which saw Autonet switch from using 30 physical servers to 15 virtual servers.

As well as reducing the company’s server estate considerably and improving efficiency and manageability, through the use of NetApp Autonet now has flexible disaster recovery technology which helps ensure business continuity.

Nik Potts, head of IT at Autonet, said: “I now have I now have real flexibility and have been able to achieve 90 per cent cost savings from year to year. I would wholeheartedly recommend NetApp to other firms.

“I feel a giant weight has been taken off my mind. I’ve genuinely been better able to sleep at night. I know I now have a very reliable data storage function matched by a full disaster recovery capability.”

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College Hails ‘Future-Proofed’ ICT System

A college in Salford, Greater Manchester, says it has effectively future-proofed its ICT service to students and cut storage by half, after joining forces with Lima Networks to implement a restructuring of its IT system.

Salford City Academy, which accommodates 670 students from the Salford and Eccles area, approached Lima after coming to the conclusion that its existing infrastructure was ill-equipped to meet the future needs of its pupils. Among the concerns raised about the old system was that it was relatively slow to respond to users’ needs, meaning that staff and students alike were having to ensure an extended wait before being able to open network files.

Having been selected by the college as its solution partner, Lima Networks got to work on replacing the old infrastructure with a NetApp and VMware vSphere 4 configuration, which not only improved performance and consolidated storage, but also offers sufficient flexibility to ensure it continues to meet the requirements of students and staff well into the future. The installation was completed in August 2010 – right at the start of the academic year – and the new system has made a big difference to the way the college operates.

“What I particularly liked with this approach was the full disaster recovery suite that was included; this could really deal with some ongoing back-up issues,” said Salford City Academy’s network manager, Andrew Lawton.

Mr Lawton’s aim was to resolve the problem of physical limitations on storage, whilst also trying to make the college’s ICT capabilities more environmentally-friendly. There have been a number of benefits following the restructuring, with innovations such as virtual desktop infrastructure also helping to avoid the additional costs associated with forking out for replacement hardware.

“I think the engineering here was extremely good and the partner really understood our requirements. I have to say that at the outset our Principal was a bit nervous about all this but he’s very happy now – as are we all,” he added.

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Leading Construction Company Builds Virtual Reliability With Help From LIMA Networks

A world leading construction company has overhauled its IT systems with the help of IT solutions specialists LIMA Networks and, as a result, has cut its downtime and improved efficiency by no end.

The company, Tensar Technologies, is at the forefront of technology-driven civil engineering and road building and provides services that utilise modern technologies. Rather than following traditional methods of construction, Tensar is constantly searching for newer and better ways in which it can develop sustainable solutions for its clients. The Blackburn-based company employs over 800 people and has clients in many different countries.

However, due to its high-demand, Tensar requires a fully operational storage area network (SAN) system that is both flexible and stable, as well as giving a high standard of return on investment. According to Tensar’s Network Manager, Steve Carroll, its current SAN solution was ‘taking an unacceptably long time’, which led to downtime that cost the company money.

At this point, Tensar Technologies turned to LIMA Networks for help. As a NetApp Gold Partner, LIMA Networks was able to present a new SAN solution that would enable Tensar to achieve its desired levels of storage efficiency, storage utilisation, backup ability and virtual system changes.

LIMA Networks installed a new SAN architecture with a VMware vSphere 4.1 operating system that allowed Exchange and SQL databases to be accessed by all users. LIMA Networks also fitted a NetApp FAS2040 as a primary storage device and a FAS2020 as a secondary device, which was located at the disaster recovery site. These devices made backups take minutes rather than hours, making Tensar Technologies more efficient, and helped to improve storage utilisation by up to 40 per cent.

“We worked closely with LIMA Networks who understood our business requirements,” said Steve Carroll. “I can now be confident a user in China who needs servicing can be helped, no matter what time it is in the UK; the flexibility and reliability of the new solution absolutely enables us to maintain service delivery 24×7.”

LIMA Networks has helped Tensar Technologies in upgrading its IT systems to a level that allows the company to get a much better grip on its services. To find out more about LIMA Networks, visit www.limanetworks.com now.

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FastVision Web Hosting Success

FastVision the UK based hosting company in Cheltenham has been growing rapidly making it one of the fastest growing hosting companies in the UK. In its 10th year of Business FastVision has now not only won hosting awards but also the hearts of the customers. The great lengths that the customer service team and technical support guys have gone to is clear as FastVision has glowing reviews all over the internet when other Hosting providers seem to be struggling with negative reviews and even hate sites setup informing potential new customers about terrible experiences.

As with all business with company growth the most important factor of success is planning ahead and ensuring that the resources are available before the growth of clients and in the hosting environment this is far more important to get right than any other business.

Investment into hardware ensuring that the servers are running fast and load balancing clients across servers to keep the servers running optimal. Web services can be difficult to manage if the process is not controlled due to the nature of hosting as individuals or companies using shared hosting will be in control of uploading files that can potentially have problems. This is where most hosting companies fall over with failures to other clients due to one client doing something wrong.

Speaking with the Director of FastVision, he explained how his passion for success is fuelled by the glowing reviews and all the investment into new hardware, bespoke hosting software and data centre facilities has been a major part of the success story of FastVision as a business. He also explained that FastVision on a daily basis has people moving from other hosting providers to the FastVision network when the drop off of clients from FastVision is minimal and this gives a good indication that we are doing something right.

Customer service is something that every hosting company should invest in and yet the competitors appear to focus less on this, but this lack of customer care has helped with FastVision’s growth.

The FastVision network is one of the fastest hosting networks available in the shared and business hosting areas and this is something that FastVision work very hard to get right. The pricing structure is also one of the most competitive available with starter hosting at only £1.49 per month and this hosting package allows you to host unlimited websites within a single account, something no other hosting company can compete with.

The high end Business hosting is one of FastVision most popular accounts offer everything from 100,000 MB of web space and 200 IMAP / POP mail boxes with 400,000 MB of space for emails, 15 x MySQL Databases with 15,000 MB of storage space and to top it off the business hosting also comes with a FREE 2048 bit SSL certificate and all this for only £9.99 a month.

Dedicated server hosting and cloud hosting is something that FastVision are now pushing hard and it seems again that they have ticked all the boxes and the planning for the services before going live will make this a massive success.

For more information about the FastVision hosting services visit fastvision.com/Hosting.fvnx

FastVision are also starting to dominate the domain registrations of .co.uk domain names due to being selling domain names at the lowest prices available on the internet.

The domain name search checker page offers at a quick glance a list of all types of domains avaialble and registered.

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Fasthosts Urges Small Firms To Work More Closely With Their Tech Suppliers

Fasthosts has revealed that 48 per cent of firms regularly make substantial purchases of new technology without being certain they fully need them.

According to the new research from the UK web hosting provider, data from 788 UK small firms* found a huge divide in terms of success with using technology in the workplace. For 1 in 3 firms, implementing new business technology such as smartphones, notepads and computer software, has failed to improve efficiencies. Only 1 in 4 SMEs seeks advice from an IT professional. Furthermore, only 1 in 10 firms disappointed with a piece of technology has gone back to their technology supplier or IT advisor to ask for help. The study concludes that it is vital for businesses to plan technology investments properly, working with suppliers to ensure the correct systems are purchased to address the required needs. Firms can save money by evaluating their needs earlier in the process.

Fasthosts’ ‘Business Technology Audit’ found that too many firms today struggle with the way they buy and use technology for their work. Whilst the vast majority are upbeat about technology, many find success with new technology items to be rather hit-or-miss. A total of 35 per cent admit that their latest technology purchases have either led them to work longer hours or failed to impact their work efficiencies. Furthermore, only 41 per cent of respondents believe that staff find using technology to be enjoyable, and 1 in 5 firms employ staff who are frightened of receiving new technology. Some 48 per cent have indeed achieved more efficient or ‘smarter working’ through their use of technology.

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, commented: “Busy business owners can struggle to find the time and advice needed to ensure all technology investments are well placed. A lacks approach to researching technology in relation to their needs can lead firms to waste money on solutions that simply do not perform”.

Alarmingly, only 11 per cent of UK small firms review whether a technology has worked well after every new piece is introduced. Only 1 in 10 disappointed with the impact a technology has made, has addressed this with either the supplier or IT advisor who provided it. Surprisingly, only 1 in 4 firms seek the advice of an IT professional before they make substantial investments in technology, a worrying trend which shows businesses should work with their suppliers before purchase to ensure they buy the right solution.

Holford added: “It is vital to plan technology investments properly, working with suppliers to ensure the correct systems are purchased to address the required needs. Knowledge is often the key, so contact suppliers to ask for advice, guidelines, case studies or examples of best-practice usage before an investment and on an on-going basis”.

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Fasthosts Reveals 1 In 3 Consumers Has Posted A Negative Review Of A Firm Online

Fasthosts, a leading UK web hosting provider, has revealed that one third of British consumers has posted negative material online relating to a company or product.

The survey of 1300 UK consumers* commissioned by the web hosting company found that it is now common place for Britons to express their gripes openly online, most commonly on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as online forums. Over half of young adults have published negative online reviews. Encouragingly for firms, the vast majority of consumers are willing to give a company a second chance if it responds well to their online complaints.

Whilst willingness to share frustrations online is equal across both genders, the issue ranges in frequency according to age. Younger Britons are far more likely to publish their grievances. Some 52 per cent of under 24 year olds have turned to the web in this way. 39 per cent aged 25-34, and 38 per cent of adults aged between 45-54 years have done so. 1 in 4 of those older (28 per cent) vented their concerns online. Geographical location also appears to be a driver, with the issue most common in the south east (38 per cent) and far north of England, such as North East (37 per cent).

However, some 84 per cent of consumers would forgive a company for mistakes and be willing to use it again if the firm engaged with their negative online review and discussed the issues with them.

It appears that few British companies are seeing the benefits of getting to grips with the issue of negative online material. Data from 400 UK small businesses** reveals that few UK companies choose to interact with customers who publish negative material about them. Despite the prevalence of online complaints, only 12 per cent of small firms have ever engaged with an online complaint.

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet, commented: “It is understandable that many business owners’ first instinct may be to shy away from their customers’ online complaints. However, addressing negative online material enables a company to learn about their customer experience as well as improve their customer retention and online reputation.”

Graham Jones, Internet Psychologist, added: “People who want to complain about a company are getting a sense of freedom and power as a result of social networks and feel encouraged to make such complaints. As a result, this is a growing problem for companies and is something they must do as a matter of routine. Interestingly, several studies show that when people have their complaints positively responded to they are more supportive of the business than they were before the complaint was made. Psychological research shows this is linked to the fact that when the complaint is responded to well, people feel as though they are being cared for, which produces positive emotional responses.”

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Namesco Urges Customers To Switch To Annual Packages

Leading Internet solutions company, Namesco, are urging customers to switch to annual payment packages on web hosting tools, as recent findings have shown consumers are generally paying too much for windows hosting packages on the open market.

A recent study, conducted by Namesco themselves, suggests that whilst monthly payment plans on web hosting products may seem cheaper, in reality users are ultimately paying more.

The company claims they could save their customers two months worth of monthly payments if they simply switched to their annual payment scheme- when upgrading their web hosting tools.

The study also showed that most Internet sites, selling web hosting products to consumers, displayed the price of their packages at a monthly rate, effecting purchasing behavior.

“It’s just a form of psychological pricing really.” said a spokesperson for Namesco, commenting on the findings. “Web hosting packages often seem cheap because the payment rates are shown ‘per month’ instead of ‘per year’. Of course, if consumers changed the price to ‘per year’ the price would seem a lot higher.”

“However, if consumers just did the calculations, they’d find that they’re in fact paying more when opting to pay on a monthly basis. We’re urging all our customers to switch from their monthly hosting plans to annual payments when they upgrade their web packages- they’ll get the equivalent of two months payment free.”

Customers, who currently own a registered Namesco account, can easily upgrade their web hosting package by logging-on to the company’s website.

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Fasthosts Launches New Dedicated Servers

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has launched two brand new high quality servers to further bolster the Fasthosts Dedicated Server range.

The new Fasthosts DS710i and DS910i both boast the new Sandy Bridge chipset and Intel Core i5 Processors, providing faster processing speeds and supreme reliability. Both solutions can be run via the latest CentOS 6 operating system and Plesk 10, and feature generous allowances of storage space, RAM and RAID1 protection. Fasthosts’ Dedicated Servers, currently with 50 per cent off for 2 months, offer enterprises a powerful and secure server platform and far greater flexibility than on-premise solutions.

Dedicated Servers are the ideal solution for IT professionals and businesses that require robust server operations for applications and data storage without the capital expenditure or the physical space required for running hardware 24/7 on their premises. Fasthosts servers use the latest Intel processors to deliver powerful, energy-efficient performance, meaning intensive programs can be run simultaneously without the need to slow down. Users enjoy guaranteed access to unlimited bandwidth, and retain complete hands on (KVM) remote control of their server at all times.

The Fasthosts DS710i Dedicated Server solution delivers high performance via its 2.8Ghz Intel Quad Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 2 x 1000GB RAID protected hard disk drives. Fasthosts DS910i offers even higher performance with a 3.1Ghz Intel Quad Core i5 processor, 12GB RAM and 2 x 2000GB RAID protected hard disk drives.

Fasthosts also includes free SSL certificates for the first year and Plesk 10 can be added at an additional cost. Currently, all servers are provided with 50GB of free Online Backup for Windows servers.

Especially important for business users, all data is hosted in Fasthosts’ highly secure state-of-the-art UK data centres, and receives Fasthosts’ unlimited bandwidth and 100Mbps high-speed virtual data pipe. Every Fasthosts server is maintained with the latest operating system updates to maximise efficiency and security. Technical support is provided 24/7 from the UK via the phone or online.

Steve Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said: “Our latest servers have been added to ensure we keep ahead of the competition. Our fusion of Intel Sandy Bridge Quad Core processors with world-class UK infrastructure means Fasthosts servers will be an excellent proposition for demanding users.”

As a leading web hosting provider, and Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web services including domain name registrations, servers, online backup solutions, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages. Fasthosts is well placed to deliver a high quality service.

Full details can be found at www.fasthosts.co.uk.

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Fasthosts Voted ‘Best Web Host’

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has announced that it has won ‘Best Web Host’ in the Computer Shopper Magazine Awards 2011. Fasthosts was chosen from a fiercely competitive market as the best UK provider of web hosting. The Award was secured entirely on votes cast by the readers of Computer Shopper magazine and expertreviews.co.uk. Fasthosts shook-off aggressive efforts from a number of hosts and ISPs.

Fasthosts has continued to launch innovative products during the past year such a Fasthosts Online Backup. The scope of Fasthosts’ products and services is a reflection of how vital the Web now is for businesses and individuals alike. Since 1999, Fasthosts has been at the forefront of developing powerful but intuitive and affordable hosted solutions for capitalizing on the Web.

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been voted ‘Best Web Host’ in these popular awards. We are most pleased that it has been decided solely by the public. There are a number of strong providers in the UK web hosting market, which makes the award even more pleasing. Fasthosts is privileged to have shared in the online success of hundreds of thousands of its customers.”

“Fasthosts was the clear favourite web hosting provider in the Computer Shopper and Expert Reviews Reader Awards Survey 2011. More readers were satisfied with Fasthosts’ service than that of any other provider,” commented Chris Finnamore, Reviews Editor of Computer Shopper Magazine.

As well as packages for creating a web presence, such as domain names, shared and dedicated hosting, Fasthosts now delivers hosted solutions for flexible online business including virtual servers, online storage and back-up, and tools for ecommerce, online marketing and collaboration.

(DCoD) service, was recognised for providing outstanding virtualised solutions and service. The award further recognises Fasthosts’ ability to address end customers’ business challenges and utilise technology innovation to address these. The company has also won the Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Partner Award 2011.

Holford added: “In today’s digital climate, providers like Fasthosts have an important part to play in bringing technologies enjoyed by large enterprises to within the grasp of every computer user. We will continue to invest heavily and leverage our technical experience to achieve this.”

As a leading web hosting provider, and Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web solutions including domain name registrations, web hosting, dedicated and virtual servers, email hosting, secure online storage and back-up, online payment services, reseller hosting and feature-rich broadband packages. Fasthosts is well placed to deliver a high quality service.

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