Bytes has acquired York-based Phoenix Software in a bid to get better UK coverage.
Phoenix, which has an annual turnover in the region of £130 million will give it a large slice of action in the North of England as well as ramping up its own revenues to around the £400 million, which is not to be sneezed at.
Neil Murphy, Group MD, Bytes UK said: “The acquisition comes at an opportune time for Bytes UK as it looks to expand much further into the public sector, from where Phoenix derives a significant percentage of its revenue.
“This now makes Bytes UK Microsoft’s largest UK partner, whilst also opening the door to relationships with other global vendors such as EMC and Dell and deepening relationships with VMWare, Checkpoint, Citrix, Mimecast and Sophos to name a few.”
Phoenix Software managing director Sam Mudd,, said that the combination of the two firms would benefit both its staff and customers.
“This is extremely positive news and our announcement has come at the right time for our company and staff, in terms of navigating the fast-changing world of IT in which we operate and the channel consolidation that is taking place. We see plenty of synergies and are excited about working with new complementary offerings, and taking our joint businesses forward with ambitious growth plans across all our vertical sectors”, he said.
Hosting and managed IT services company Phoenix said it had been appointed to HP Platinum status.
The top tier accreditation, said Kevin Mathews, UK channel director of HP’s enterprise group, said it reflected the confidence it has in Phoenix. “By achieving Platinum status, Phoenix has demonstrated that it is an expert and very capable provider of HP enterprise group technology. I am very pleased to offer Phoenix our most prestigious accreditation.”
Stuart Dickinson, procurement and vendor director at Phoenix, which has an annual turnover of around £250 million, said: “We have new offerings in the pipeline, incorporating HP technology and with this new status customers have the confidence and reassurance of dealing with a premier services provider.”
UK IT infrastructure services company Phoenix has been picked by HP as a converged infrastructure partner in the UK.
HP converged systems is the company’s line of system based products that combine components like servers, storage, networking, software and services for specific workloads, Phoenix says.
Phoenix is now a preferred supplier, and will be providing services such as helping customers build their cloud networks.
Vendor director at Phoenix, Stuart Dickinson, said IT infrastructure is often complex, and can slow company progress because of costs and limitations, but converged infrastructure services lets businesses tackle it more easily.
Phoenix also nabbed other accreditations, including Advanced Storage Specialist, Professional Networking, PC Specialist, and Advanced Computing Specialist, in addition to being a break fix partner of HP’s, offering consultancy, implementation and support.
UK hosting, cloud, business continuity and managed IT services outfit Phoenix has signed a multi-million pound deal to give automotive specialist Manheim’s IT systems a make-over.
Manheim is one of the world’s largest automotive firms and spends a fortune on IT for its business-to-business products and services.
Phoenix is going to consolidate Manheim’s IT infrastructure, multi-site hosting, backup and replication, management, monitoring and remote and onsite support for its European operations.
In addition Phoenix will provide deskside support, hardware support and warranty management as part of an on-going service.
Under the plan, a dedicated virtual platform will consolidate servers and services at a number of sites throughout the UK into the Phoenix data centre environment.
Jeremy Lewis, CIO from Manheim, said Phoenix had been used as a hosting partner since 1999.
He said that rather than continue with a disjointed approach using multiple sites and providers, Manheim thought it would be better to refreshing its IT environment and transferring it to the Phoenix data centre.
Lewis claimed that the one stop shop cloud approach would be the most cost-effective and efficient route. Since the project has been switched on, the company has found it a lot easier to manage.
Manheim said that the project allowed for 11 of its desktop support staff to transfer to Phoenix.
Nick Dean, Managed Services & Hosting Director at Phoenix said there were lots of companies like Manheim, which were outsourcing their IT infrastructure.
“It provides them with a cost-effective, secure and reliable platform, allowing total freedom while reducing complexity and risk. It allows customers to concentrate on what they do best, leaving us to do what we do best,” he said.