New employee joins virtualDCS as it celebrates ten years of success

Michelle Guthrie joins the Cloud Computing Experts as a Business Support Assistant, with the appointment acting as another significant step in the organisation’s growth strategy.

Michelle has over ten years’ experience in administration and customer support, and her new role will utilise these skills, where she will be working directly with customers to complete a range of tasks from managing transactions, to sending invoices and answering account based questions.


The new position has been driven by the company’s fantastic growth and success in delivering quality cloud solutions, such as Veeam Cloud Connect Backup & Replication, with the team capitalising on its reputation as one of the largest Veeam Cloud Connect providers in Europe.

Emma Cunningham-Booth, Business Support Manager at virtualDCS, said: “when we look to recruit any new employee, we look towards our company values as a guideline.

These are to be dependable, innovative, collaborative and easy to work with. Michelle has all of these qualities and more, so she is a fantastic fit for the company, and we are looking forward to seeing the positive impact she has.”

“I was delighted to be offered the chance to work with virtualDCS as I have always been interested in technology, with my academic career focused around it. Not only is the work rewarding, but it is also a great environment to work in, everyone is accommodating, and everyone cares about the customers, and the quality of service provided” said Michelle.

Interested in joining the team?

The award-winning cloud computing experts are also looking to expand their sales department and are currently searching for a new Business Development Manager to join the team.

If you are driven, enthusiastic and passionate about sales, customer service and cloud computing, then you could become part of the virtualDCS family.

For more information or to apply, view our full job description or contact the team on 03453 888 327.


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.

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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 or email


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virtualDCS expands its support team after a surge in demand

After phenomenal growth in the last financial year, cloud computing experts virtualDCS now welcome Keiran Miller to the technical department, with further plans to extend the sales division imminently.

Keiran has now joined virtualDCS in his new role as a technical engineer, having started his career as an apprentice. After moving up the corporate ladder in his previous position, he wanted a new challenge with the cloud experts. Keiran will now be working directly with customers to ensure that their transition to the cloud is as smooth as possible.

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From left to right: Keiran Miller and head of support, Ross Devine.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the team and it’s an incredibly welcoming place to be.

I’m looking forward to developing new skills on top of what I learned in my previous role and I’m particularly interested in how they’re revolutionising Disaster Recovery solutions, with technology such as Veeam.

So far, everything is going great and I’m just ready to see where my new role takes me.”

Phenomenal growth

“Thanks to the hard work of our employees the company has only grown since its conception and last year proved to be particularly successful for the team.

Customers are at the heart of our business, we want to make their lives easier and give them the best experience so we’re pleased to welcome Keiran to the company.” Said Richard May, managing director of virtualDCS.

For more information on virtualDCS and Business Continuity solutions contact us on 03453888327, visit or email

A day in the life of an apprentice

A blog by Megan Barnett, Business Administration Apprentice at virtualDCS.

You make decisions every single day, and throughout your lifetime you are guaranteed to make more decisions than the number of years you live.

However, I believe, a notable milestone in life and one of the most critical choices a young person can make when leaving school is whether or not to follow the majority of others and go to University, go straight to work or complete an apprenticeship.

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With my favourite piece of office equipment

For me, after weighing up all the financial options and the different lifestyles – being a bit gym obsessed and loving nothing more than the comfort of my own bed, university life just didn’t make the cut. Especially when you hear about the stereotypical ‘student life’ all over the news, which consists of consuming your body weight in alcohol and living off takeaways every day for three whole years.


If school has taught me anything it’s that I have always learnt by using a more hands-on approach and after 14 years in the education system, I was truly ready to bin my textbooks and remove the post-it notes that camouflaged my bedroom walls. This is what led me to the idea of an apprenticeship. I began to search for opportunities and discovered the company QA Apprenticeships. By the time my A-level exams were coming around I had already been interviewed, had completed a trial and accepted my new role as Business Administration Apprentice with virtualDCS.

Unlike many of my other classmates, I was ahead of the game, with a guaranteed job. Admittedly, this did make me stick out like a sore thumb and give me major FOMO (fear of missing out). Looking back, this was mainly for the nights out, however, virtualDCS has made sure that there are plenty of corporate nights out with new friends to keep me going.

People tend to assume that as an apprentice you only take on daily jobs like making brews, input data and use the photocopier. This couldn’t be further from the truth; as I mainly use the shredder.

One of many terrible pictures from company nights out.

On a more serious note, I have been equipped with the fundamentals of business/ finance and taken on a large part of the account’s activity. Performing tasks that have a direct impact on the business. All in all, every member of virtualDCS has made my first full-time job, dare I say…enjoyable.

I was provided with all the equipment and guidance essential for making a successful start to my apprenticeship and every employee charmingly welcomed me aboard and have assisted me with my many queries about the IT world.

Two months into my new role, I haven’t looked back or regretted my decision once but undeniably, there was a slight adjustment period. At first working 9-5:30 five days a week, combined with

sustaining my part-time job one day at the weekend, took some getting used to and I’d be lying / superhuman if I said it didn’t catch up with me.

Now a few months down the line and freshly adapted to my new working life and being ‘in the real world’ as my mother keeps reminding me I have happily settled in at virtualDCS.

I would highly encourage anyone who was in my position to stray away from the pack and think realistically as to what is going to benefit themselves in their future life.

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