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Novosco Cloud Partner of the Year Tech Excellence Awards

Novosco awarded Cloud Partner of the Year at the Tech Excellence Awards

Novosco picked up the award for Cloud Partner of the Year at the Tech Excellence Awards in Dublin. Hosted in the CityWest hotel on Thursday evening, and attended by 600 companies, the awards recognise companies within the technology sector in Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey said, "We are thrilled to be awarded Cloud Partner of the Year. We have done a lot to strengthen our cloud offering; from the launch of Single Tenant Cloud, to the acquisition of NetDef, the specialist IT security firm, we continually strive to live our vision of providing a Better Managed Cloud. Novosco also has a dedicated and highly skilled team that provides the highest levels of service to all of our customers. This award is great recognition of the continued work they do."


Billy Huggard, Operations Director at the Tech Excellence Awards organiser, Mediateam, said: "These Awards are now positioned to recognise professionalism among individuals and companies in the technology sector in Ireland but they also provide the only occasion where we can all come together and enjoy the company of all of our friends in this most energetic of industries. The quality and number of entries have raised the benchmark yet again. The evidence of best business practice with deep technical know-how was abundant in the entries this year."

More details about the event and all the winners can be found here

Novosco IT Company of the Year

Novosco secured a top IT accolade in the same week as our managing director has been shortlisted for a prestigious all-island award for entrepreneurs.

We won 'IT Company or Team of the Year' at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards – topping a category that included businesses such as Allstate and Export Technologies - whilst Patrick McAliskey is in the running for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patrick is one of 24 leading business people from across the island selected to compete in three categories of the competition, with the winners to be announced in October. The overall winner will go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco in June 2018.

As part of the awards, the finalists will take part in a 10-month development programme. They will also join more than 70 other entrepreneurs for a week-long “CEO Retreat” to San Francisco later this month.

The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank, took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Belfast on Thursday evening. They are Northern Ireland’s leading industry awards, attracting hundreds of entries.

Commenting, Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “I’m honoured to be shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year, but much more importantly, I’m thrilled that the work, dedication and skills of our team have been recognised by the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. They produce truly world-class work for some of the largest public and private sector organisations on these islands, and winning the award is fitting recognition for that.”

In an impressive month for us here at Novosco, having also been shortlisted for Cloud Partner of the Year in the 2017 Tech Excellence Awards, with the winners to be announced in Dublin later this month.

You can see footage from the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, including Novosco's Oonagh Fearon speaking about what this award means to Novosco, by clicking this link.

Novosco IT Company of the Year Belfast Telegraph Business Awards



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.