BCN Group opens strategic London office

BCN Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing Digital IT and Managed Services companies are pleased to announce the opening of their new office in Central London.

Based in the heart of the city at 88 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7RS, the location will be used as the primary destination for it’s southern based customers.

As part of its ongoing strategy to offer its customers speedy and enriching customer service, the new offices will also help BCN extend its presence in the south as well as the country’s biggest technology hub.

‘With more and more of our customers based in the home counties and the capital, it was inevitable that we would need a permanent presence there,’ said Simon Kelf, Managing Director. ‘Strategically, the new offices are very accessible via extensive travel links, enabling us to offer the same high quality, rapid response services as that from our head office in Manchester’.

BCN accelerates its public service offerings with G-Cloud 8 approval

BCN Group, the Manchester based Digital and Cloud Service Provider has been notified by the Crown Commercial Service that it has been successful in becoming an approved supplier for Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 for  G Cloud 8.

This latest Government award enables BCN’s increasingly popular cloud-based service offerings to be available to the UK’s public sector organisations, ensuring a compelling blend of commercial best value, flexibility and world class service. The eight newly approved services are comprised of Office 365 subscription and Migration, Application Hosting, Backup and DR as a Service, Platform as a Service, Email Filtering and UC as a Service.

‘This is great news for BCN,’ said Simon Kelf, Managing Director, BCN. ‘It’s genuine recognition of our continued investment in the cloud, and significantly underpins our commitment to ongoing customer service excellence. We feel we are extremely well-positioned to support the Government’s Digital Workplace Strategy.”

‘Our focused access to the Digital Marketplace and the UK’s Public Sector is a key component of our
growth and development strategy to become a leading 21st century Digital Service Provider,’ said Matt Smith, Chief Technology Officer, BCN. ‘We’re genuinely excited by the opportunity this framework award presents.‘

About BCN Group:
Formed in 2009, BCN Group is a young and dynamic IT digital services and cloud provider based at Trident Business Park, Manchester Airport. Using a unique blend of people, process and cloud automation, they are a leading destination for customers seeking to achieve increased business efficiency and genuine value in a digital world. Audited independently, BCN are recognised with a world-class Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 89% by their clients. Find out more about BCN at www.bcn.co.uk.

Do you have an effective business continuity plan?

Systems going down are a profit-killer for any size business, whether it be due to weather, technology or some other form of disaster, it’s important to be prepared for the worst.

The aim of any business continuity plan is to allow senior staff members and employees get on with the IT and other activities calmly; knowing exactly what steps need to be taken to get systems and networks back up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Building an effective business continuity plan can seem a daunting task so we have developed a simple 5 step help guide to get you started.

Step 1 – Get Support

Having the support of your senior executives is key in building up a plan. Not only will verbal support, insight and advise be crucial but also financial resources will be required to implement an effective plan. It’s also vital that key business members highlight the importance of a good strategy to other employees.

Step 2 – Identifying your business requirements

Next, it’s time to identify and document critical business functions that will need support in the aftermath of a disaster to properly allocate your business continuity resources. To best determine your resource prioritisation, you will need to discuss in depth with each department of the business what business systems need to be up to prevent disruption of its core function and what is the maximum tolerable downtime (MTD) for the systems in question.

Step 3 – Determining recovery speed

Following this, you will need to turn your attention to the underlying technology for the systems you’ve documented. Knowing an accurate restoration time for said systems from your technology specialists is crucial to realising your business’ likely recovery time and the true investment needed into technology. This figure becomes your RTO – recovery time objective.

Step 4 – Dealing with the gaps

You’ve now got 2 key pieces of information for each system – the MTD’s and the RTO’s and you will need to identify cases where the MTD is less than the RTO. After discussions with key leaders in the departments, some gaps maybe be acceptable whereas others may require investment into additional systems, adding fault tolerance capabilities or other commitments of time and money to either reduce the recovery time or increase the tolerable downtime.

Step 5 – Maintaining the program

All businesses evolve and change over time, and a successful disaster recovery plan needs to evolve and be reviewed regularly to ensure it will remain robust and effective in the face of a disaster.

BCN Group have invested into the infrastructure and facilities required to support a robust business continuity strategy. Our infrastructure is ISO27001 accredited and our systems and processes are aligned to ISO9001, meaning that our clients can be confident that we can provide full business assurance.

If you would like to discuss your business continuity plan with BCN Group, contact us on 0345 095 7000 or email sales@bcn.co.uk.

 

Storage Integration in Veeam Availability Suite Version 9.5 Expanded

BCN’S partner for solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, Veeam Software have announced that the company will expand existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, to be released later this year.

The cost and consequences of downtime and lost data pose a significant challenge to meeting modern service level agreements (SLAs) for the Availability of applications and data. In addition to existing integrations with enterprise storage offerings from HPE, NetApp and EMC, Veeam will add integration with Nimble Storage in Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, resulting in increased Availability and improved operational performance for all Nimble Storage users.

“Nimble Storage continues to execute its strategy of accelerating topline growth,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. “Veeam and Nimble have a strong partnership that already demonstrates success, and further integration between the two technologies will enable our mutual partners and customers to experience more than just backup and storage. Veeam and Nimble Storage’s integration opens up the Availability conversation to a much wider ecosystem and I am excited at what we can achieve together.”
“Extending our partnership with Veeam provides cost-effective data protection for our rapidly expanding enterprise customer base. We are now enabling our joint partner ecosystem to sell a best-of-breed integrated solution for customers looking to deploy flash in their data centers and the cloud,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “The Nimble-Veeam integration expands the value of the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric, which enables replication from All-flash to Adaptive (hybrid) flash arrays at one-third the cost of backing up to competitive all-flash arrays. Nimble and Veeam solutions can not only coexist in modern data centers but simplify IT operations at a lower total cost of ownership.”

By further leveraging IT investments in modern storage, the new integrations with Nimble Storage will move enterprises beyond backup and into the new era of Availability, helping them to meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. These include:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots: Lower the additional impact from backup activities on production storage by retrieving virtual machine (VM) data from Nimble Storage snapshots on primary storage or their replicated copies on secondary storage;
  • Veeam Explorer™ for Storage Snapshots: Recover individual application items, guest files or entire VMs quickly and efficiently from periodic Nimble Storage snapshots and their replicated copies created by Veeam jobs or with the native scheduler;
  • On-Demand Sandbox™ for Storage Snapshots: Use storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage systems to create complete isolated copies of production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy developing, testing and troubleshooting.

This new integration will be released with Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 – coming later this year – with a set of features that will increase Availability and improve operational performance in both Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Backup Essentials™. Register for an upcoming VeeamLIVE episode to learn more.

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Storage Integration in Veeam Availability Suite Version 9.5 Expanded

BCN’S partner for solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, Veeam Software have announced that the company will expand existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, to be released later this year.

The cost and consequences of downtime and lost data pose a significant challenge to meeting modern service level agreements (SLAs) for the Availability of applications and data. In addition to existing integrations with enterprise storage offerings from HPE, NetApp and EMC, Veeam will add integration with Nimble Storage in Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, resulting in increased Availability and improved operational performance for all Nimble Storage users.

“Nimble Storage continues to execute its strategy of accelerating topline growth,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. “Veeam and Nimble have a strong partnership that already demonstrates success, and further integration between the two technologies will enable our mutual partners and customers to experience more than just backup and storage. Veeam and Nimble Storage’s integration opens up the Availability conversation to a much wider ecosystem and I am excited at what we can achieve together.”
“Extending our partnership with Veeam provides cost-effective data protection for our rapidly expanding enterprise customer base. We are now enabling our joint partner ecosystem to sell a best-of-breed integrated solution for customers looking to deploy flash in their data centers and the cloud,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “The Nimble-Veeam integration expands the value of the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric, which enables replication from All-flash to Adaptive (hybrid) flash arrays at one-third the cost of backing up to competitive all-flash arrays. Nimble and Veeam solutions can not only coexist in modern data centers but simplify IT operations at a lower total cost of ownership.”

By further leveraging IT investments in modern storage, the new integrations with Nimble Storage will move enterprises beyond backup and into the new era of Availability, helping them to meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. These include:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots: Lower the additional impact from backup activities on production storage by retrieving virtual machine (VM) data from Nimble Storage snapshots on primary storage or their replicated copies on secondary storage;
  • Veeam Explorer™ for Storage Snapshots: Recover individual application items, guest files or entire VMs quickly and efficiently from periodic Nimble Storage snapshots and their replicated copies created by Veeam jobs or with the native scheduler;
  • On-Demand Sandbox™ for Storage Snapshots: Use storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage systems to create complete isolated copies of production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy developing, testing and troubleshooting.

This new integration will be released with Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 – coming later this year – with a set of features that will increase Availability and improve operational performance in both Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Backup Essentials™. Register for an upcoming VeeamLIVE episode to learn more.

Read More

Storage Integration in Veeam Availability Suite Version 9.5 Expanded

BCN’S partner for solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, Veeam Software have announced that the company will expand existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, to be released later this year.

The cost and consequences of downtime and lost data pose a significant challenge to meeting modern service level agreements (SLAs) for the Availability of applications and data. In addition to existing integrations with enterprise storage offerings from HPE, NetApp and EMC, Veeam will add integration with Nimble Storage in Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, resulting in increased Availability and improved operational performance for all Nimble Storage users.

“Nimble Storage continues to execute its strategy of accelerating topline growth,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. “Veeam and Nimble have a strong partnership that already demonstrates success, and further integration between the two technologies will enable our mutual partners and customers to experience more than just backup and storage. Veeam and Nimble Storage’s integration opens up the Availability conversation to a much wider ecosystem and I am excited at what we can achieve together.”
“Extending our partnership with Veeam provides cost-effective data protection for our rapidly expanding enterprise customer base. We are now enabling our joint partner ecosystem to sell a best-of-breed integrated solution for customers looking to deploy flash in their data centers and the cloud,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “The Nimble-Veeam integration expands the value of the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric, which enables replication from All-flash to Adaptive (hybrid) flash arrays at one-third the cost of backing up to competitive all-flash arrays. Nimble and Veeam solutions can not only coexist in modern data centers but simplify IT operations at a lower total cost of ownership.”

By further leveraging IT investments in modern storage, the new integrations with Nimble Storage will move enterprises beyond backup and into the new era of Availability, helping them to meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. These include:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots: Lower the additional impact from backup activities on production storage by retrieving virtual machine (VM) data from Nimble Storage snapshots on primary storage or their replicated copies on secondary storage;
  • Veeam Explorer™ for Storage Snapshots: Recover individual application items, guest files or entire VMs quickly and efficiently from periodic Nimble Storage snapshots and their replicated copies created by Veeam jobs or with the native scheduler;
  • On-Demand Sandbox™ for Storage Snapshots: Use storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage systems to create complete isolated copies of production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy developing, testing and troubleshooting.

This new integration will be released with Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 – coming later this year – with a set of features that will increase Availability and improve operational performance in both Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Backup Essentials™. Register for an upcoming VeeamLIVE episode to learn more.

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Settling into Trident House

After a busy few months, our new offices at Trident House are finally complete.

We are now looking forward to the completion of Trident House, in particular the opening of the cafe and gym!

We will be making the most of our new premises by holding various seminars and events. To keep up to date with the latest events, please subscribe to our newsletter using the form in the footer of this page.

We are also welcoming current and new clients to come and visit the new premises. To arrange your visit, contact the team on 0345 095 7000.

 

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