Outstanding company growth unites Colin Meakin and old friends at virtualDCS

The Cloud Computing experts are celebrating the end of another exceptional financial year and are looking towards the future, as they welcome Colin Meakin as a non-executive director.

Colin’s new position has been driven by the company’s rapid growth delivering solutions from its own cloud platform, including IaaS, SaaS, and Veeam Cloud Backup & Replication services.

Colin Meakin joins virtualDCS

The virtualDCS company directors have all worked with Colin in one of his previous positions over 10 years ago, and the formidable team is thrilled to be working together again.

Colin has a prestigious background in the IT industry with a proven record of driving business success, having held boardroom positions at several key organisations, that went on to be industry success stories.

One of which includes the ICM Computer Group plc, where he helped grow the business from start-up to £80m turnover. Colin will be injecting both this passion and experience into his new role at virtualDCS, helping to propel the business onto the next chapter of success.

Richard May, Managing Director at virtualDCS said: “virtualDCS has grown dramatically each financial year to date and appointing Colin as a non-executive director is the first step on the next stage of our growth plan.

From working with him personally, we know that Colin has a wealth of industry knowledge that will be nothing but beneficial to virtualDCS.”

Collin commented on his new appointment: “It’s great for us to be working together again, especially in such an innovative, forward-thinking company like virtualDCS.

I’m looking forward to helping the business continue to grow and build upon the last 10 years of success.”

September of this year marks 10 years since virtualDCS was founded and the team is now looking forward to the next 10. Growing every day, virtualDCS is constantly expanding its excellent delivery team and is now focussed on expanding its thriving sales team.

virtualDCS BSI certification

We’ve passed again! virtualDCS recertifies its ISO 27001 status

The renewed ISO 27001 accolade showcases the team’s continuous commitment to information security and data protection.

Looking at the entire scope of the business, from how the company purchases teabags to its comprehensive staff vetting procedure, the BSI assessed and commended virtualDCS on its processes and unique structure.

virtualDCS BSI certification

ISO 27001 is the international standard for best practice for information security management systems, covering technical and business controls that ensure a company is managing its data in the most secure way possible.

Richard May, Managing Director of virtualDCS said:

“There’s often some confusion around the standards and what they cover, but in essence, the re-certification shows that we’re managing customer data in the most secure way possible. This means that anyone that works with us can continue to be confident that we’re handling their information with the utmost sensitivity.

Many businesses that have an ISO 27001 certification tend to heavily limit the scope of the audit, but we wanted to encapsulate the entire business and its practices. If we’re going to be certified, then we’re going to do it right.”

Re-certification was truly a team effort as each employee within the company is responsible for a set of unique standard operating procedures. These procedures are monitored and updated by the appointed team member. virtualDCS chose to deploy this unique approach so that information security would be at the forefront of everyone’s mind and at the heart of the business.

For more information contact the team on 03453 888 327, using the contact form below or by emailing enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk

Joe Brain and Ross Devine

Yorkshire cloud company virtualDCS hires new support apprentice with QA.

Continuing its phenomenal growth, virtualDCS welcomes Joe Brain to the company in his new role, with the help of QA Apprenticeships.

The announcement comes shortly after Kieran Miller joined the team in a new customer support position. virtualDCS is an advocate of technology apprenticeships and student employability within the region, with Joe marking the fifth apprentice to join the company.

Joe shared his thoughts around his new role at virtualDCS: “I’ve always been interested in technology and the expertise behind the cloud, so I’m excited to join the team and get stuck in.

Joe Brain and Ross Devine

It was also great to hear that every apprentice they’ve hired previously is still with the company, having moved up the ranks into more advanced roles. I’m really looking forward to getting started in my new position and absorbing as much information as I can from the team.”

Ross Devine, Head of Support at virtualDCS said: “virtualDCS has been welcoming support apprentices into the company for over 6 years now and our first ever apprentice is still with us. For us, it makes much more sense to have an employee ‘learn on the job’ as they have a direct impact on the business from day one… it’s also much more stimulating than working from a textbook!”

Thomas Keighley, Regional Sales Manager North/North East for QA commented on Joe’s new position:

 “We are immensely proud to help young talent in their journey into new careers working closely with fantastic companies like virtualDCS. They open the opportunities up for apprentices to gain qualifications and experience in the working environment.

virtualDCS have seen the benefit of growing your own talent via Tech apprenticeships and we are proud to help mould the future through this opportunity and training for the individuals and the company”

For more information on virtualDCS and Business Continuity solutions contact us on 03453888327, visit www.virtualDCS.co.uk or email enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk


Blue skies ahead: new apprentice for cloud computing experts virtualDCS

As apprenticeship popularity continues to grow across the UK, virtualDCS welcomes Megan Barnett to the team, where she’ll be completing a business administration course.

This will be the fourth apprentice to join the company with others progressing into advanced roles within the group. In her new role, Megan will gain a variety of skills completing a number of tasks -from helping to further the company’s ISO accreditation and processes to product development.

Meg-BarnettApprenticeships are now one of the most popular pathways for students taking the next step in their career, with many of them choosing to ‘learn on the job’ as opposed to completing A-levels or a degree. From 2015-2016 there was a total of 904,800 apprentices employed within England alone, a huge increase from 871,000 the year before.

These amazing statistics are only set to rise, as, by 2020, the government aims to grow the number to a total of 3 million yearly apprenticeships. virtualDCS is proud to be one of the organisations driving these opportunities forward.

Peter Bowers, sales director at virtualDCS said:

“As a company, we’re wholeheartedly behind the apprenticeship concept, it makes much more sense for us to have an employee learn while working and have a direct impact on the company from the start. It also gives us an opportunity to impart our knowledge, creating a new generation of cloud experts while shaping their skills in a way to benefit virtualDCS.

Now we’ve had a number of apprentices, I can only see this figure rising, especially with the current trends and we look forward to more joining the team.”

Megan also commented on her new role:

“For me, picking an apprenticeship was a ‘no-brainer’ and it just made sense. I’ve always had a passion for business and I decided that rather than go to university and pay expensive tuition fees to study, I could actually go out there and live it. I wanted to complete an apprenticeship with a business that could help me grow personally and professionally, while also earning a wage.

I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now, and I’m really excited to get fully settled in, everyone is really friendly and they’ve got great relationships with customers as well. I’ve always been interested in technology and business management, so working with virtualDCS is the perfect combination for me.”

The team were looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the position, which is why they turned to QA, the market leader in apprenticeship placements.

Ben Pike, Managing Director of QA Apprenticeship commented on Meg’s appointment saying that:

“We passionately believe in the positive impact that our apprentices have in their tech and business roles, and are thankful to employers like virtualDCS, who support apprentices to fast-track their careers.”

About virtualDCS:

virtualDCS, one of the world’s oldest dedicated cloud providers offer quality cloud computing solutions to businesses across the globe. Our team works in partnership with clients to provide a unique and professional experience resulting in cloud solutions that exceed business expectations and reshape the way companies work for the better.

Unlike many other providers, virtualDCS work collaboratively with customers enabling them to take full advantage of the solutions – helping them to understand both the technology and how it can alleviate their existing business problems.

About QA:

QA Apprenticeships provide IT, tech and business apprenticeships. QA’s programmes blend high-quality training with online learning and real-world experience in the workplace. We design our programmes to teach meaningful skills that build long term careers – upskilling talent within businesses across the UK and kick starting young people’s careers. Our wide range of apprenticeships including degree programmes, and industry-recognised qualifications and accreditations from Microsoft, ILM and APM.

Phenomenal growth for cloud experts brings new energy to Yorkshire region

The last year has seen Yorkshire based virtualDCS grow from strength to strength, with new contract wins and reseller partnerships.

Consequently, the team is now thrilled to announce that Daniel Martin has joined the company.

Daniel will now be working with the team in his new position as business development executive, where he will be helping customers worldwide explore the benefits of cloud computing technology, including Software Hosting and Veeam Cloud Connect.

Daniel Martin - virtualDCS

Commenting on his new appointment, Daniel said:

“To date, I’ve worked in everything from Compliance to Advertising, Media sales to Marketing. Offering my expertise to businesses and helping a business grow exponentially is what I’m here to do.

I’ve joined at such an important time for virtualDCS and have been welcomed into the family like I’ve been here from the beginning. I’m excited for the opportunity to assist the business with achieving their goals and to work with such a talented bunch of people.”

Peter Bowers, sales director at virtualDCS also commented:

“We’ve got some fantastic things planned for the business over the next couple of years, so Dan will play a key part in helping achieve our goals. We aim to offer the best service to our customers and Dan has a great back catalogue of experience that he can bring to the team and help us develop our offerings and service even further.”

If you’d like any more information on virtualDCS and our cloud services, feel free to call the team 03453 888 327 or email enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk 

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