virtualDCS partners with Leeds Trinity University College

 Cloud computing experts virtualDCS have partnered with Leeds Trinity University College.

The new collaboration aims to assist students in gaining practical work experience.  Leeds Trinity University College

Alex Wylie, a second year English and Film student at Leeds Trinity University College, now joins the virtualDCS team for six weeks. Alex, an aspiring film maker, is creating a video on virtualDCS, their services and success as Cloud Computing experts.

Commenting on the placement Alex said:  “I am really happy to be given the opportunity to work with virtualDCS. From the placement I will be able to put my university theory into practice and gain more practical work experience. It is going to be a fascinating project and I can’t wait to get started.”

Nikki Towler, Marketing Executive and a recent graduate from the Leeds Trinity inspired the new partnership. Nikki said: “As a recent graduate I have first-hand experience of the benefits of taking part in placements, I felt that it was an invaluable experience. virtualDCS are aiming to give Alex the best experience possible, with knowledge and skills that he can use for the rest of his career.” The new partnership with Leeds Trinity comes after a string of new recruits for virtualDCS, as the company continues to aid the Yorkshire economy.

Jess Sewter, Employer Partnership Office Manager commented on the new partnership: “Leeds Trinity is committed to improving student’s employability skills and graduate job prospects through its successful placement programme. Over 1000 placements take place at Leeds Trinity every year across a wide range of sectors and industries. Students work as full time employees for organisations while developing professionally, gaining degree relevant experience and making useful contacts in their chosen job sector.”

The founders of virtualDCS have pioneered the development of the Cloud Computing industry for over a decade.  As one of the first companies dedicated to Cloud services in the world, customers only receive the finest solutions. Their approach is to work in partnership with clients to ensure that their infrastructure is ready to exceed the service levels demanded by their business.

If you would like any more information on virtualDCS, their products and services then email enquiries@virtualdcs.co.uk or call 03453 888 327.

virtualDCS team sets up in second Data Centre

The Cloud Computing Experts have expanded into a new Leeds based data centre in order to continue their growth and strengthen their relationship with the Yorkshire region.

The virtualDCS team purposely selected a location in Leeds, as they are proud of their Yorkshire enterprise hosting history and wish to continue their growth within the region.

Richard May, Managing Director of virtualDCS said: “Since our business was established in 2008 we have had 100% growth rate each financial year, with four new members joining the team in 2011. The Yorkshire region has been good to us and we wanted to continue our contribution to the local economy.”

Data CentreRichard continued to say: “Our expansion into a second data centre means that we can continue to offer high levels of service to even more businesses as the Cloud Computing industry grows. All of our solutions are tailored towards the individual needs of a business, and the move into a second data centre allows us to offer an additional layer of protection to our already incredibly resilient platform.”

The founders of virtualDCS have pioneered the development of the Cloud Computing industry for over a decade.  As one of the first companies dedicated to Cloud services in the world, businesses can be confident that they will only receive the finest solutions. Their approach is to work in partnership with clients to ensure that their infrastructure is ready to exceed the service levels demanded by their business. The company’s existing customers include global recruitment business IHR Group, recruitment consultancy Work Group and Yorkshire law firm Clarion.

For further information email enquiries@virtualdcs.co.uk or call 03453 888 327.

virtualDCS wins cloud computing contract with Work Group PLC

LEEDS-BASED VIRTUALDCS WINS CLOUD COMPUTING CONTRACT WITH GLOBAL EMPLOYER MARKETING BUSINESS, WORK GROUP PLC

Leeds-based cloud computing hosting company virtualDCS has been appointed by global employer marketing and talent management business Work Group plc to handle the migration of its websites to a virtual ‘cloud’ platform to help it reduce costs, become more responsive and lower its carbon footprint.

Work Group plc – which has offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, New York and Hong Kong – offers a range of talent-based consulting services to clients that range from housing associations and global investment banks to emergency services and leading retailers. It aims to reduce the cost of talent acquisition and management by helping organisations establish and maintain stronger relationships with the people it needs to employ.

Andy Grant, IT manager at Work Group plc, said: “We appointed virtualDCS due to its hosting capabilities, secure data centres and high security provisions whilst the unprecedented availability of its services allows us to maintain constant access to our networks at around half the cost of traditional hosting solutions.

“The migration of our websites was a huge undertaking and virtualDCS handled the task with minimal disruption and inconvenience to our customers, which was of utmost importance to us. What’s more, since using the cloud computing services offered by virtualDCS, the company’s need for expensive hardware has dwindled leading to an immediate cut in our capital expenditure. Our energy consumption has also improved, as cloud computing is proven to be more energy efficient than regular network servers.”

virtualDCS was established in 2008 by Richard May and John Murray  who were previously architects of the hosting services business for a FTSE-listed IT services provider. They formed virtualDCS to give clarity to cloud computing by confidently delivering robust services underpinned by outstanding levels of client care.

Richard May, director of virtualDCS, commented: “Due to its continued growth, Work Group recognised that a more cost effective and efficient solution to the increased demand for physical network servers was needed.

“We have provided the company with a secure data centre solution that not only drives down costs, but also allows Work Group to take advantage of dynamic scalability, enhanced data management services and massively improved availability, as well as reducing the company’s carbon footprint.”

Auto Windscreens partners with virtualDCS for Cloud DR

Leading fleet automotive glazing company Auto Windscreens is using a disaster recovery service provided by Leeds-based cloud computing hosting specialist virtualDCS.

The solution will ensure the ongoing flexibility and responsiveness of its IT framework.

Called CloudCover, the service is being supplied to Auto Windscreens by virtualDCS in partnership with another Leeds company, IT solutions provider TGC Computers. It involves virtualDCS managing the replication of data from ten of Auto Windscreen’s most critical physical servers onto virtual servers held in its UK-based secure data centre.

In addition, virtualDCS has enabled the secure connectivity of all of the company’s Metrix Mobile hand-held devices which are used by Auto Windscreen technicians.

Bobby Chopra, IT Manager at Auto Windscreens said: “We are always looking to utilise the best technology available to underpin our business processes and ensure we can be as responsive as possible to our customers’ needs.

“We knew that hosting critical data in the cloud was an option available to us to enhance our disaster recovery capability. However, we needed to be sure that it was highly secure, responsive to our needs and able to deliver secure connectivity for the hand-held devices.

“The TGC and virtualDCS teams have been able to provide us with all of those requirements and more. They combine their cloud hosting solution with excellent customer service response which gives us absolute confidence in their ability to handle our disaster recovery requirements.”

TGC provides IT consulting and technology services to the SME and corporate market throughout the UK. The company’s managing director, Tim Evans, commented: “Our goal is to utilise IT to make our customers’ lives easier and simpler. In part, this is achieved by creating partnerships with specialist providers and this is exactly what we have done with virtualDCS and CloudCover to ensure Auto Windscreens has the best possible disaster recovery service.”

virtualDCS was established in 2008 by Richard May, John Murray and Dan Nichols who were previously architects of the hosting services business for a FTSE-listed IT services provider. They formed virtualDCS to give clarity to cloud computing by confidently delivering robust services underpinned by outstanding levels of client care.

Richard May, director of virtualDCS, explained: “Due to the amount of sensitive data held by Auto Windscreens, protection using our CloudCover service is cost effective and eliminates the need for worry following a server failure or network problem.

“The framework put into place for Auto Windscreens also provides the organisation with an accessible data network that has unprecedented scalability whilst maintaining a high level of security which is more commercially viable than traditional network servers.”