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Hardware Group features in Channelnomics

Jake Greenland, Group Head of Systems Architecture at Hardware Group features in a Channelnomics article entitled “Juniper takes aim at network security rivals: Vendor talks competition and utilising channel for growth”. Juniper Networks is focusing its efforts on becoming a major player in network security, claiming its software-defined secure networks (SDSN) platform positions it as a serious challenger to the likes of market leaders Palo Alto Networks and Check Point. In an interview with Channelnomics, Juniper claimed its engagement with partners is one of the…

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IT Web Feature – The Truth Behind Vendor Warranties

How often have you been pressurised by a vendor into buying their branded optics? “As a distributor of compatible SFPs/transceivers, we very often hear that a network equipment vendor’s sales rep has threatened a customer (which could be an end-user, re-seller or system integrator, etc) that if they install third-party transceivers in their networking or server equipment, this will then void the system manufacturer’s or OEM’s warranty,” says Wayne Nel, Product Manager at local ProLabs distributor, HardwareDistribution. Nel continues: “In this way,…

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Hardware Group and Opengear announce a new distribution agreement

Opengear, a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, today announced a new distribution agreement with Hardware Group serving channel partners across Europe and Southern Africa. Opengear has enjoyed continuing double digit year-on-year growth based on engaging with partners and customers, continued innovation and teaming up with great distribution partners such as Hardware Group. The new agreement includes the full portfolio of Opengear products which are offered alongside a wider…

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ProLabs invests in the Data Centre

ProLabs, the world’s leader of compatible transceivers, has reaffirmed its commitment to the local channel at an exclusive reseller event, held at the Palazzo Hotel, last week. “The event was a great success,” comments Gail Holt, MD of official ProLabs distributor, Hardware.com. “The advantages of ProLabs’ broad range of data centre accessories, including transceivers and DAC/AOCs, were clearly communicated to our ISP and infrastructure clients.” ProLabs products are compatible with over 56 switch vendors and 20,000 systems. The company supplies a wider…

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IT Web Feature – Opportunities in the Huddle Room

  Gail Holt, Managing Director of Hardware South Africa features in ITWeb discussing Polycom’s Realpresence Trio which offers a voice, video and content sharing device designed for the huddle room.   Opportunities in the huddle room Huddle rooms are defined as meeting rooms that can only accommodate a small number of people (typically up to six). However, what equipment is in the room and what the room is used for is still undecided. Some suggest the huddle room is equipped with audio and video technology. Others say the room…

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IT Web Feature – Cloud Hosted Voice

Gail Holt, Managing Director of Hardware South Africa talks to ITWeb about when it comes to selling hosted or cloud-based IP telephony, there’s a very strong argument for putting the handset or endpoint first. Cloud Hosted Voice – Put The Endpoint First “It might sound like putting the cart before the horse, but when it comes to selling hosted or cloud-based IP telephony, there’s a very strong argument for putting the handset or endpoint first. The handset is arguably the most important…

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PCR Feature – Implementing A Successful Network Refresh

Paul Bonner, Group Head of Technology at HardwareServices, outlines the planning process IT teams should go through when considering a network refresh in a PCR magazine feature.   Everything You Need To Know To Implement A Successful Network Refresh Networks evolve and grow organically over time. Organisational growth and changing requirements mean additional hardware is added and the result is a network that bears only a distance resemblance to its original design. A complete network refresh therefore offers the opportunity to rectify this, take a…

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Datacenter Dynamics Feature – Standards Will Be The Making Of NFV

Jake Greenland, Group Head of Systems Architecture, speaks to Datacenter Dynamics about why Standards will be the making of NFV. As it stands at the moment, the value of network funcitons virtualization (NFV) lies in its speed and agility. Service providers are able to deliver new services to market faster than ever before and differentiate themselves from the competition in the process. However, we have already been made aware that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is currently working on a number of…

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Hardware Group’s Apprentices Feature In Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

To mark National Apprenticeship Week Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard speaks to three of Hardware Group’s apprentices from Cirencester College about the success of the scheme. Read the full article ‘Apprenticeships are proving a popular way into a job’ featured in Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. Jordan Selby, 19, studies accounting at Cirencester College and works at Hardware Group from Tuesday to Friday, taking weekends and Mondays off to study. He is in the first year of his three-year course. He said: “The apprenticeship scheme suited me…

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IT Web Feature – Polycom RealPresence

Gail Holt, Managing Director of Hardware South Africa talks to ITWeb about Polycom’s RealPresence Trio, the industry’s first smart hub for voice, content-sharing and video group collaboration. Polycom RealPresence Trio is now ICASA-approved and shipping. IT Web Feature – Polycom RealPresence The workplace is changing. Traditional offices and meeting rooms are giving way to open, team and mobile spaces as well as small/huddle rooms, all of which present challenges for effective collaboration. Successfully delivering on the goal to unleash the power of human collaboration,…

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IT Pro Portal Feature – The Future Of NFV?

What is the future of NFV?  Jake Greenland, Head of Systems Architecture at Hardware Group’s HardwareSolutions Division, provides his view in IT Pro Portal. The Future Of NFV? NFV is very much a buzzword of the moment and those service providers who are embracing the capabilities of this new technology are reaping the rewards of competitive advantage and customer satisfaction. But what does the future look like for NFV and what should we be doing to prepare for it? Read the full article at ITProPortal….

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DCN Feature – Should You Be Considering SDN?

Should you be considering SDN?  Jake Greenland, Head of Systems Architecture at Hardware Group’s HardwareSolutions Division, discusses the key issues when considering a move to SDN in the March edition of DCN magazine. DCN Feature – Should you be considering SDN?   Read the feature on pages 16-18 of DCN. About Jake Greenland Jake Greenland is Head of Systems Architecture at Hardware Group. He is a data networking specialist with a focus on the Enterprise and Data Centre holding Cisco CCIE R&S, Juniper JNCIE-ENT and HP MASE…

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Hardware Group Shortlisted In European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2016

Hardware Group is delighted to be shortlisted for European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2016. Shortlisted from over 400 entries from more than 31 countries Hardware Group has reached the final seven in the Solution Provider Category for SME Solution of the Year. The awards are given for IT solutions that get to the heart of customer issues, delivering better business, a clearer understanding of data, and more efficient and profitable outcomes. To get to the finals Hardware Group demonstrated it’s exceptional…

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Hardware Group Features In Digitalisation World

Digitalisation World covers Hardware Group’s recent  Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner of the Year award. “Juniper is pleased to recognize those partners who leverage their deep networking expertise and technical know-how to solve their clients’ biggest IT challenges,” said Darryl Brick, area partner director, UK&I, at Juniper Networks. “Hardware Group is being recognized for its ability to deliver value-added services and support to its customers and leveraging this ability to secure key wins in region.” Read the full story. …

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Hardware South Africa Talk Polycom With ITWeb

Gail Holt, Managing Director of Hardware South Africa talks to ITWeb about Polycom’s first to market voice solutions for Microsoft’s new Office 365 Cloud PBX. Read the full article on ITWeb. Building on the strength of a decade-long relationship, in December 2015 Polycom announced that its voice desktop and conferencing portfolios will be the first that support and interoperate with the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud PBX services. Organisations migrating to Office 365 will be searching for voice solutions that meet or exceed those…

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Hardware Group Awarded Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner Of The Year

Miami U.S.A – 12th January 2016— Hardware Group, a global multi-vendor leader in designing, implementing and supporting advanced IT infrastructures has been recognised at IDEAS/Connected 2016 as a Partner of the Year by Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation. Hardware Group was awarded Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner of the Year for its expertise in delivering Juniper Partner Advantage (JPA) Services and having received both Partner Support Services Specialisation (PSS) and Partner Professional Services Specialisations (PPS) for its…

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Hardware Group Feature On CRN Top 100 VAR List 2015

CRN has published is annual rundown of the UK’s 100 biggest VAR’s (Value Added Resellers) of 2015 featuring Hardware Group. As an established and successful international provider of advanced IT solutions and services Hardware Group has built strong relationships with authorised vendor partners, including Juniper Networks, HP, Dell, F5 and VMware. 2015 has been a milestone year for Hardware Group with the launch specialist Solutions, Services, Lifecycle and Cloud divisions. Additional investments in facilities, services, accreditations and employees have included: Opening a new extended capability Repair Centre Upgrading…

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Channel Pro Feature – Security In A Mobile World

Solutions Architect Will Embrey discusses the security threat brought about by the use of mobile devices and how this threat can be contained. “Increased availability also means increased risk and thus there is a compromise to be made. Network access controls on external devices mean they can be isolated in a safe and segregated VLAN environment where they can be checked for software versions, anti-virus programmes and so on until you are happy they conform to the necessary ……

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Hardware Group Awarded Juniper Networks 2015 UK&I Services Partner Of The Year

At the Juniper UK&I Partner Summit in London on December 4th 2015, Hardware Group received the award for Partner Support Services Partner of the year 2015. This follows a string of the accolades and certifications from Juniper Networks throughout 2015, including being accredited with Partner Professional Services Specialisation (PPS) in addition to its existing Partner Support Specialist Specialisation (PSS). Article also featured In Cotswold Life Business and Professional. To achieve the UK&I Partner Services Partner of The Year 2015, Hardware Group…

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Life As An Apprentice At Hardware Group

Archie Doyle talks about life as an apprentice at Hardware Group after studying at Cirencester College. Featured in Cotswold Life Business and Professional. “The nerves of a new and first job were massive, however, I’m working with a fantastic group of people where I have had the warmest of welcomes and settled straight in. I have come straight from Cirencester College to Hardware Group having completed my Business A level. I have chosen to go down the route of an apprenticeship scheme…

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Is Your Business Ready For The Cloud?

Paul Wignall, Group Head of Business Development at Hardware Group, talks about the considerations when looking at moving to the cloud. Featured in CompareTheCloud.Net. We hear a great deal about the benefits of cloud with many touting dynamic scalability and revenue expenditure models as valuable reasons to turn to the cloud. Whilst this may be true for some, businesses need to take the time to look at their own unique circumstances and consider if they are really ready for the cloud. There…

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Hardware Group Leads The Way In Addressing IT Skills Shortage

Featured in the Juniper Networks Forum Oct 2015 Hardware Group (a Juniper Networks Elite partner and Partner Support Specialist) and Lillebaelt Academy, University of Applied Science (a Juniper Networks Academic Alliance partner) broke ground by developing an innovative internship framework to help address the severe skills shortage via the Juniper Networks Academic Alliance program (JNAA). The Juniper Networks Academic Alliance (JNAA) program has a primary objective of supporting both partners and customers in addressing the skills shortage. As part of this initiative, the…

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Why Network Health Checks Are Vital For Business – And How To Get One For Free

Paul Bonner, Head of Technology at Hardware Group, explains why a regular network health check is vital for your business. Featured in October 2015 Cotswold Life Business and Professional. In the networking world, nothing stays the same for long. Technologies evolve, software evolves, best practices evolve, even IT teams evolve. For this reason, many companies struggle to maintain a full knowledge of their IT systems. Documentation is often incomplete or out of date and system performance and productivity may be suffering…

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Computer Technology Review Feature – Where Next for Virtualization?

Steve Jepson, Solutions Architect at HardwareSolutions features in the October 2015 edition of Computer Technology Review discussing, “Where Next for Virtualization?” Read The Full Article in Computer Technology Review.  …

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Understanding The Early Warnings Your IT Is Telling You

Paul Bonner talks about the the warning signs your IT may be telling you and how to realise the benefits of new technology. Featured in October’s Cotswold Life Business and Professional. Technology is constantly evolving with newer, faster and better performing equipment on the market. It can be difficult to know which technologies will be of most benefit to your business and when the best time is to upgrade. Of course, there are many reasons why a company may choose to…

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Hardware Group Announce Smart Product Winner at EMI awards

On 17th September 2015 pivotal and respected members of the manufacturing and engineering community came together at Cheltenham Town Hall.  Attended by four hundred people, the Cotswold Life EMI Awards celebrated the achievements in research, design, production and export across a wide range of sectors in the Cotswold area of the UK. As a strong supporter of innovation and event sponsor, Paul Wignall, Group Head of Business Development at Hardware Group took to the stage and awarded the Smart Product Award to Gloucester based…

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Hardware Group Shortlisted for CRN Corporate VAR of the Year

Hardware Group is delighted to be shortlisted for CRN Corporate VAR of the Year in the CRN Channel Awards 2015. The award recognises excellence in the delivery of multi-vendor solutions, services and support to mid-market and enterprise customers. To get shortlisted Hardware Group demonstrated it’s end-to-end capabilities in the delivery of solutions, services and support. Entries were assessed on the merits of real life projects that met customer objectives, improved efficiency, demonstrated ROI, investment protection and cost reduction. Hardware Group also demonstrated it’s…

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Hardware Group Technology Innovation Centre Opening Event

Cotswold Life, in partnership with Hardware Group, held a technology seminar for senior IT professionals. Hosted at Hardware Group’s newly launched Technology Innovation Centre at Kemble near Cirencester. The multi-million pound facility wowed guests with its cutting edge design, extensive facilities and offering a real-world comprehensive environment for organisations to evaluate and test multi vendor solution stacks and applications. Guests heard from some of the country’s most well-informed experts about emerging technologies, the latest robust IT systems, fighting cybercrime and innovations in computer networks. Hardware Group Technology Innovation Centre Opening Event Read the full article about Hardware Group’s Technology Innovation…

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Hardware Group Support Rock The Cotswolds

Talent, creativity, ingenuity and dynamic business are alive and kicking in the heart of the Cotswolds, England. With its Global Head office in the region, Hardware Group is a proud supporter of Rock the Cotswolds, which celebrates the people, talent and organisations in the area. Rock the Cotswolds promotes all that is great in the region by holding events, promotions and advertising in order to attract talent, investment and visitors to the diversity and uniqueness of the area. …

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From Concept To Reality With Hardware Group’s Technology Innovation Centre

About the Technology Innovation Centre Hardware Group’s Technology Innovation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility. The Technology Innovation Centre provides a real-world, comprehensive environment to showcase, evaluate and test multi-vendor solution stacks and applications. During a visit to the Technology Innovation Centre, Hardware Group engineers can examine your business objectives and provide powerful demonstrations customised to your specific IT and application environment. Each solution engineer is a highly trained expert with an intimate understanding of our multi-vendor  solutions. The information and advice you’ll receive, along with access…

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