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Daisy and Veeam Set to Backup Costain’s Cloud-First Strategy

Daisy Corporate Services (DCS), the UK’s leading independent provider of secure IT, communications and cloud services, has been selected by Costain as its preferred partner to help support the development of its Cloud-first strategy. Costain is one of the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions companies.

DCS will provide Costain with a flexible, integrated backup solution to support its continuing move to the Cloud. The solution will incorporate DCS’s Backup as a Service (BaaS) eBackup product and also leverage Daisy’s Veeam Platinum Partner status. Veeam is the global leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™.

Through its focus on integration and strategic alignment with other vendors such as Veeam, DCS was perfectly placed to help Costain on the next stage of its IT transformation strategy. DCS combined its eBackup Solution with Veeam’s simple, easy-to-use platform. The platform provides customisable features and mature relationships with storage vendors which enables multi-Cloud backup and restore capabilities. These capabilities integrate and collaborate with products such as Office 365 and open the door to unfettered flexibility. Also, Daisy’s eBackup solution provides the essential, and enterprise-class, backup requirements needed by UK businesses.

Costain’s decision to select DCS means Daisy’s relationship with Costain now spans over 15 years. The partnership has progressed from Daisy supplying simple break-fix telephony services to a full end-to-end, technology-driven solution. With solutions built specifically for each customer, DCS offers companies like Costain the freedom of not being tied to one specific vendor with the ability to be able to move from one product to another.

Wendy Broughton, Head of Vertical Sales, DCS said: “For the last 15 years, Daisy has worked closely with Costain’s Senior Management Team and IT technologists to ensure we understand both the business and its IT strategy. The insight we have gained meant we could align the most relevant technologies and services that would work within the Cloud-first strategy Costain has been undertaking for the past six years. As such, the ‘eBackup – Veeam solution’ put together by Daisy meets their needs exactly. The solution will support Costain both in the Cloud and on-premise. As always Daisys aim is to provide customers with flexibility and agility and the assurance a trusted partner will be delivering the solution.”

Barry King, Principal IT Infrastructure Architect, Costain Group, said: “As Costain continues its journey to the Cloud, we look for partners and vendors whose technology-vision and strategy are aligned with our own. When it came to modernising and enhancing our legacy backup and recovery solution, we needed two crucial elements. First, a product that was ‘Cloud-aware’ and whose own feature development could keep pace with the ‘evergreen’ nature of the Cloud. Second, a trusted partner who understood our business, vision and technology roadmap.

“The Veeam Availability Suite provided as part of the Daisy eBackup Service was a clear winner. Furthermore, Daisy’s eBackup service has allowed Costain to transform our legacy backup solution at pace. Costain’s DevOps team is working side-by-side with Daisy to deliver the power of the Veeam Availability Suite across our Microsoft Cloud, on-premise datacentres and remote sites. We now have a solution that can adapt to our changing IT landscape and take advantage of permanent secure cloud storage both from Daisy and Microsoft Azure.”

About Costain

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s transportation, water, energy and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do. For more information visit www.costain.com

Daisy Sponsors CIR’s 22nd Annual Business Continuity Awards

Long-standing relationship continues with the pinnacle of business continuity, security and resilience.

Daisy Corporate Services is pleased to announce that our long-standing sponsorship of this prestigious awards ceremony continues in 2020.

While the current COVID-19 situation may have raised awareness of the work of business continuity professionals in recent weeks, highlighting their importance for business and economic endurance, they work tirelessly and their significance for resilience can be easy to over-look.

Not so here – CIR’s Business Continuity Awards are the definitive mark of excellence in the sector, celebrating the past year’s greatest successes in business continuity, security and resilience.

This year, Daisy is sponsoring the popular ‘Team of the Year’ category and we are excited to see such diversity in the finalists within this category and across the board. Les Price, Head of Availability Services at Daisy, said, “Every year there is something new to celebrate and often unexpected stories that demonstrate the change and development of the industry. For Daisy, this event is flagged as “not-to-be-missed” in our calendar every year and we are delighted to continue to support it.”

Daisy is delighted to have been recognised at the awards this year, achieving finalist status in the categories of:

Best Contribution to Continuity & Resilience – Daisy
BCM Planning Software of the Year – Shadow-Planner by Daisy
Cloud-based Services – University of Pennsylvania with Shadow-Planner

We look forward to catching up with our industry friends at the awards ceremony in London on 4 June.

Daisy Corporate Services awarded unique place on all 13 lots of RM3808 Framework

Daisy only organisation to secure place on all 13 lots of public sector framework.

Having already secured a position on all 10 lots of the UK Government’s Network Services 2 framework agreement (RM3808) announced on 11 September by Crown Commercial Service (CCS), Daisy Corporate Services has now also secured places on the remaining three lots – and is the only organisation to do so.
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Daisy Corporate Services Finds Wellness Solution to Suit Nationwide Workforce

Addition of Gympass to employee benefits programme will boost wellbeing, health and fitness to Daisy staff.

Daisy Corporate Services (DCS), the UK’s leading provider of IT, communications and cloud solutions, has teamed up with Gympass, leaders in corporate fitness sales, to offer all its 1,200 employees across 30 UK locations greater opportunities for physical activity. A key challenge for DCS in the past has been finding a wellness programme that is accessible to a geographically dispersed workforce. Now, DCS employees can access over 2,000 fitness facilities from the Gympass network, no matter their location. Furthermore, they can do this at a fraction of the normal membership price, ensuring a huge choice of different activities, at hundreds of locations.

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Cloudmore Partners with Daisy to Streamline Subscription Management and Billing

Daisy to use Cloudmore automation platform to accelerate the adoption of its cloud solutions.

Daisy Corporate Services  has partnered with Cloudmore to power up its cloud subscription services business. Daisy will integrate the Cloudmore platform to automate internal management processes, offer self-service to their customers and automate end-to-end financial reconciliation and billing processes. The Cloudmore portal forms part of Daisys flagship hybrid cloud offering “CloudBridge”.

The Cloudmore subscription management platform is used by some of the world’s largest service providers to streamline the procurement, management and delivery of IT products and services. Daisy plans to use Cloudmore to simplify the procurement and provisioning of services such as Microsoft O365 and Azure – all of which are critical services in the Daisy CloudBridge proposition. This partnership also forms part of a move to consolidate and centralize internal processes, making it easier for sales, provisioning, finance and support to manage a growing number of customer accounts.

Michael Wicander, Cloudmore’s CEO commented: “We are delighted to welcome Daisy Corporate Services on board. Daisy is a significant force in the UK market. We look forward to a close relationship and to providing Daisy with the opportunity to scale and expand their cloud service offer to customers.”

“The Cloudmore platform will really benefit Daisy and its customers. It will enable them to self-serve and will automate and streamline key processes and data for our teams— all from one single, easy-to-use, feature-rich portal, all of which will be integrated with our CloudBridge hybrid cloud proposition” said Richard Beeston, Head of Product at Daisy Corporate Services.

Once the Cloudmore project is complete, Daisy will be able to deliver an optimised digital customer experience for Cloudbridge customers using enhanced tools that allow end-users to flex products and licenses up and down, reconcile detailed costs and view their public-cloud consumption and usage breakdowns. Daisy will also be able to diversify its CloudBridge portfolio of services by adding internal services, new vendors, or adding services already integrated into Cloudmore.

Daisy Awarded Unique Place On 10 Lots of RM3808 Framework

Daisy Corporate Services strengthens its public sector offering after 10-lot award.

Daisy Corporate Services has been awarded places on ten lots of Crown Commercial Service’s new Network Services 2 framework agreement (RM3808). This achievement builds upon Daisy’s previous successes as a provider on all lots of the preceding Network Services Framework Agreement (RM1045) which supported the UK public sector in conducting 471 procurements, totalling more than £70 million of services from Daisy.
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