Novosco, Better Managed Cloud - Results from #20

Bowel Cancer UK

Our business connections, clients and friends on Belfasthour will be well aware of our work with Bowel Cancer over the past 2 years. However, our work is not just about raising money but also trying to help the Charity get their all important message out.

Bowel cancer is Northern Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer. Around 1,100 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in Northern Ireland, and 400 people die from the disease. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, bowel cancer is highly treatable, with a survival rate of more than 93% over five years. However, poor awareness means that only 1 in 10 cases are detected at an early stage which often means it is too late to be treated.

While we cannot stress enough the importance of early diagnosis there are also steps that can be taken to lower the risk of this disease such as diet, exercise and weight control. April is Bowel Cancer awareness month and in conjunction with the Charity and our friends at Edwards & Co we are going to incorporate these aspects in our next joint fundraiser.

The event will take place on Friday 16th June from 1pm to 5pm.

Edwards and Co and Novosco (and many others) will have 1 or 2 rowing machines at their offices (or close by) with individuals rowing for 15 -30 minutes each, the machine will be zeroed at 1pm and stopped at 5pm with the team rowing the furthest being declared winners of the Bowel Cancer challenge Cup. We reckon that in 4 hours we should be able to easily row 42k hence the event name #RowAMarathon .

If we only have 2 teams we may row the 84k between us but we will have failed in our goal of raising awareness of this disease. SO, we are encouraging other teams to join us on the day the only equipment required is a rowing machine and a few willing (or not so willing) participants. We are greatly encouraged by the number of businesses, bars, gyms etc who have intimated a willingness to take part not just in Belfast but west of the Bann also.

We really need your help to make this a success, we are confident that friends in the media will help and on the day Novosco will tour the country recording participants in action. Although keen to raise finance as well we will leave it up to the teams to simply raise as much as they can. Each week we will publish a list of those who have signed up and we really need that commitment in writing from you if possible so please register with.

Date & Time:

28th March, 2pm – 2.30pm

How does software defined storage expand the landscape and lead us more and more to the software defined datacentre and how does this affect the Cloud? In this webinar Novosco’s experts Mal Toner and Myles Gray will focus on VMware’s vSAN and how it delivers not only software defined storage but, along with vSphere’s capabilities, offers customers a path towards the software defined data centre.

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  • Software defined storage: A short history
  • Challenges of historic SAN approaches
  • What Software defined storage offers to overcome these challenges
  • What workloads IT leaders consider top candidates for software deined storage
  • What is the VMware vision
  • vSAN and what it offers
  • vSAN Editions
  • vSAN Gotchas from the coalface
  • Overview of Novosco Single Tenant Cloud

 Once you have registered your interest, we will be in touch. Prior to the webinar starting, you will receive a link to the join the webinar.

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      Village PR

      A 3,500-room hotel group has chosen Novosco to upgrade and manage its entire IT infrastructure.

      The seven-figure deal will see Novosco work in partnership with Village Hotel Club, which has 28 hotels, to manage its migration to the cloud.

      Founded in 1995, Village Hotel Group employs over 4,000 people and has a presence in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and other major cities across England, Scotland and Wales.

      It is one of the major hotel groups in the UK, and has been continuing to expand its presence, with plans in place for a new 153-bedroom hotel at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.

      Novosco is a managed cloud provider with clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK and Ireland, including Premiership football teams, some of the UK’s largest health trusts and many of Northern Ireland’s top companies.

      Novosco employs almost 150 people and also has offices in Belfast Manchester Dublin, and Cork. Last year it acquired English specialist IT security solutions and managed services expert NetDef, further extending its presence in the GB market.

      Commenting on the deal, Dan Morley, Head of IT Infrastructure and Service Delivery at Village Hotel Club said: “We are constantly seeking ways to innovate and to provide the best level of service to our customers and employees. Partnering with Novosco to manage our infrastructure services will enable us to do that. With Novosco providing managed infrastructure we will be able to select the services we need, when we need them, and grow our business efficiently.”

      Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “Village Hotel Club is a highly dynamic and growing company, and we are delighted to work with them to add value to their business and help facilitate their on-going expansion. As a result of the investment being made, we will be able to scale the company’s IT infrastructure as it continues to grow.”

      Novosco, which is continuing to recruit for high-value roles in Belfast, recently invested over £1million to more-than-double its space in the city, from 5,000 sq ft to over 11,000 sq ft. Located in the new Concourse 3 building at Catalyst, Novosco’s impressive new headquarters includes state-of-the-art offices, a gym, a library, a coffee dock, and a virtual reality room.

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      Come to our stand 322 to take our Cloud Survey, and discover the best solution for your organisation. 

      You understand the cloud services promise: lower capital costs, less time spent keeping the infrastructure lights on, freeing staff to work on business-facing projects.  However, cloud transitions can prove to be complex to execute successfully; making the wrong choice can make these benefits difficult to realise.

      The trouble with SaaS and Hybrid Cloud

      Our cloud expert Barrie Canning, in partnership with Ampliphae CTO, Tim Croy will explain the trouble with SaaS and Hybrid Cloud during an interactive session on Wednesday 15th at 1:55pm in the Multi-Cloud Strategy & Management/ Services and Applications Theatre. They will examine the challenges organisations regularly face and show how Novosco and Ampliphae can provide the missing insight, enabling organisation’s transition to become more data-driven organisations. 

      Prevention is never enough

      When thinking about your transition to the cloud, the security of your data is of vital importance. In that regard, our security expert Dave Beesley will look at how, when it comes to security, prevention is never enough during his session on Thursday at 10:20am in the Cloud Service Providers & Cloud Innovation Theatre. He will explain how cloud services offer different challenges compared to on-premise solutions and what you can do to improve your security posture in the cloud. 

      Novosco is a trusted provider of cloud solutions, managed services and consulting throughout the UK and Ireland. We deliver the transition from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services, to organisations ready for the challenge - making it a reality. Our consultants expertly evaluate and choose the most appropriate solutions for each customer's specific needs, by leveraging a portfolio of public, private and hybrid cloud.

      Our partnerships with the best hardware, software and platform vendors in cloud and IT hosting have allowed us to implement enterprise-level hosting services to organisations in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. Our unrivalled technical support expertise and service delivery have allowed us to keep customer satisfaction at the highest level. 

      Our expertise and partnerships with such industry-leading solutions as AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud Air, can make the difference for your organisation. You can learn about our Single Tenant Cloud, Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service, Managed WAN and Skype for Business on stand 322.

      Show your skill on our scalextric track, for a chance to win an Apple TV on the Novosco stand every day of Cloud Expo Europe

      Novosco is certified under ISO 9001:2004, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 20000:2011. We are Investor in People accredited and ranked in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For every year 2013-2016. We are the only company to have ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast50 Ireland every year since the awards started in 2000.

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      The Novosco 10k Grand Prix is back bigger and better, with the addition of two major races for 2017.

      The Craic 10k and the Run in the Dark are joining the series this year, bringing the total number of races in the Grand Prix to 15.

      The not-for-profit competition of 10 kilometre races will take place between March and November and will have a prize fund of more than £6,000.

      Sponsored by managed cloud company Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, who owns electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix features individual racers as well as club and corporate teams.

      The first race in the competition is the Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick on Sunday,March 12th, followed by the Craic 10k in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day.

      Other races in the series include the Run Armagh 10k, the Enniskillen 10k and the Bangor Classic, before finishing up with the Seeley Cup in Ormeau Park, Belfast in November.

      Organiser Glenn Grant said: “The inaugural year of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix attracted interest from thousands of runners, and we are delighted to bring the series back bigger and better for 2017, thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsor Novosco”.

      “We already have well over 500 registered this year and anticipate further significant interest from individual runners, clubs and corporate teams. Runners only have to complete six races to be ranked in the final table, so entries can made right up until the Comber 10k in July,” he adds.

      Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We are delighted to support the enlarged Novosco 10k Grand Prix in 2017. Running is popular in the IT sector, and we know that it is a passion for an increasing number of people across Northern Ireland. So it is fitting that the Novosco Grand Prix is increasing in size and promises to involve an even larger number of people this year. In addition to individual runners and club teams, we also look forward to welcoming corporate teams to the competition, and are very pleased that some of Northern Ireland’s largest companies already have teams signed up.”

      For the full list of races, click here.