Latest News - Abtec Network Systems

11
Jan

New network to increase flexibility for Yusen Logistics

Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd has replaced its UK wide IT networking infrastructure.  The company believes the move will improve its flexibility and increase efficiency. 

“The new network will improve our IT capabilities” says Simon Calver, Yusen Logistics (UK) Networks Technical Lead.  “It will make it easier to share information with our clients in real time and for us to add new distribution sites.”

IT specialists Abtec Network Systems provided the new network.  Phil Kennerdell, Abtec’s Sales Director, points out, “We’ve used our own national network which gives Yusen Logistics faster connection speeds and improved resilience.”

The network connects Yusen’s distribution, administration and datacentres together.  A diverse range of applications run across the network, including its warehousing supply chain software and vehicle tracking data.  “It supports our focus on delivering customer centric services for our clients” adds Simon.

As the logistics firm’s reliance on IT continues to grow, safeguarding this infrastructure was an important network design consideration.  Phil notes “We’ve built additional resilience into the network to ensure that Yusen can still operate even in the highly unlikely event that disaster strikes.”

The network extends Abtec’s growth in the logistics market.  Its clients include Norbert Dentressangle, the Road Haulage Association and Panic Transport.  Phil explains the reasons for this growth, “Our understanding of the needs of businesses in this sector help us create unique services for logistics firms.  These services help businesses exceed their clients’ needs and can cut costs too.”

15
Dec

Winter newsletter out now

Winter newsletter is out now.

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It’s winter time; so why not put another log on the fire, get comfortable and read our latest newsletter…

Cloud Applications – Hosted Voice

In this edition we look at one of the more surprising applications that can be run from the cloud – Hosted Voice.  We’ll find out why one leading law firm chose Abtec’s Hosted Voice service and the benefits it will bring the organisation.

We’ve witnessed the recent storms cause chaos in the north of England and Scotland first hand; we support organisations and have employees across the north east and north west of England.  We’ve protected these organisations’ IT resources from the floods, and this has prompted us to issue a reminder to readers about keeping on top of their business continuity plans.

Also, we’ve seen another unwelcome visitor recently, phishing emails with macro enabled attachments.  Richard Pitman, one of our senior network engineers, offers advice on how to protect your organisation against these unwelcome visitors.

Happy reading!

4
Nov

Important IT investment with Abtec for Building Society

IT investment to pay dividends for Building Society

Getting the balance right between an IT infrastructure that is efficient to manage, whilst satisfying the UK’s financial regulatory framework is a challenge.  In our latest case study you’ll find out how Abtec helped Buckinghamshire Building Society achieve that balance.

Abtec has years of experience working with building societies across the UK.  In that time we’ve built up the knowledge and a raft of services that can help building societies deliver effective IT within the market’s regulatory framework.  We provide the IT and communications infrastructure for many of the UK’s building societies.  We’ve helped them address issues such as:

  • Meeting the Financial Conduct Authorities policy on call recording
  • Implementing business continuity plans and disaster recovery audits
  • Delivering IT infrastructure that can radically improve the organisation

 

In our case study with Buckinghamshire Building Society you’ll find out why more building societies are choosing to work with Abtec.

14
Jul

Abtec’s summer newsletter now available

Summer’s here and so is our latest newsletter.

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Our latest edition of our newsletter looks at how to build cloud technology into your business strategy.  There are plenty of great reasons to do this, as one of our clients, Abrosetti UK, has found out.  In the newsletter you’ll find out how our cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform has helped transform one of the UK’s leading vehicle servicing businesses.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support

If you are running a Windows Server 2003 you’ll be aware that Microsoft’s support for that product ends in July 2015.  In the newsletter you’ll find out what options you have to ensure your server applications continue to work.

If your Internet connection is starting to feel the strain you may be eligible for a Government grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade your connection speed.  Find out more about this in our newsletter or here.

 

11
May

High profile visitors to Abtec client

Story Homes, the executive home builder, received two high profile visits recently.

Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer made individual visits to our Carlisle based client.  We’ve been upgrading Story Homes’ IT and communications infrastructure as they move into their new headquarters.  We’ve delivered the IT foundation that will help the business grow more easily.  This includes sophisticated video conferencing, network upgrade and a new communications system.  Our sister organisation, Abtec Building Technologies, completed the mechanical and electrical fit out for the ex RAF Depot site.

Cameron laying a brick at Story Homes George Osborne opens Story Homes' new headquarters

In April the Chancellor opened the new headquarters.  With just a few days to go to the election Samantha and David Cameron paid a visit to one of Story Homes developments in Lancaster.

For more information visit the Story Homes website.

2
Apr

Up to £3,000 grant for Leicester businesses

Businesses in Leicester could benefit from a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade their internet connection to a faster service.

The Government grant, called the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme, is available for businesses with premises in specific areas of Leicester.  As an approved supplier we can help you identify the right type of internet connection for your business and help you apply for the grant.

Find out more about the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme here.

Give us a ring on 01858 438 500 to find out if your business premises qualify for the grant, and find out what speed you could get.

16
Mar

Internship for Leicester University Students

Leicester University Intern Opportunity

We have an opportunity exclusively for Leicester University students.  We are looking for an intern over the summer period.  This opportunity will give you lots of hands on experience working in the field of IT.  It could be ideal for Department of Computer Science students., or any Leicester University student with a proven interest in IT and networking.   With this exciting internship you’ll be getting hands on experience of working of large IT projects.

Role Description

Working within our IT engineering department you’ll initially job shadow senior engineers, working towards taking responsibility for elements of projects at the end of the internship. You’re responsibilities would include:

  • Testing network hardware
  • Supporting the deployment IT projects
  • Collating project specifications into a central database

Skills required

Applicants should have excellent analytical and math skills, with the ability to work in teams. We are looking for people studying Computer Science, Network Engineering, Engineering or Mathematics.

Application process

To apply please send your CV along with cover letter to Chris Topham, ct@abtecnet.com.  For more information please contact Chris on 01858 438 500.

2
Mar

Abtec’s Spring Newsletter

Spring is in the air, and so is our latest newsletter.

This issue looks at taking your IT infrastructure into the cloud. In it we’ll share our new cloud services that could help you create a more agile and effective IT framework. We’ll explore how remote offices and homeworkers can benefit from the cloud, and how to choose the right cloud partner.

For Veeam backup users there’s a fantastic special offer to celebrate the launch of our Veeam Cloud Connect service.

Download the newsletter now for a great excuse to put your head in the clouds!

19
Feb

Veeam Cloud Connect Free Trial

To celebrate the launch of our Veeam Cloud Connect service we’re giving you the opportunity to take a free trial. You can test drive the service for a month to see if it improves your backup regime.

Veeam Cloud Connect tackles an ever present problem for IT managers; off-site backup storage. The issue of  limited bandwidth and growing data volumes rendering backing up off-site too problematic.

Cloud backup

Not for much longer though. You can now strengthen your off-site backup regime with Abtec and Veeam Cloud Connect. We can store your primary or secondary Veeam backups in our secure cloud. Our Veeam optimised network connections can help speed up your backup and recovery process.

Free trial

Find out more about the Veeam Cloud Connect service here, and apply for free trial.  It could change your backup regime forever.

26
Jan

New Approach Adds Up for Accountants

“Thanks to Abtec we’ve now got an IT infrastructure that’s much easier to manage”

Our latest case study looks at how we helped East Midlands’ chartered accountants The Rowleys Partnership build a better IT infrastructure.  Like many businesses Rowleys wanted to make sure that their IT was supporting their organisation rather than getting in the way.  As you’ll see in our case study, we recommended thin client computers, running in a virtualised data centre environment.

Find out why we made that recommendation and how it helped Rowleys in our latest case study.