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Proact   Media  Coverage  Highlights  –  2012                        


Proact   Tech  &  Business  Coverage                    


Publication: Microscope   Date:  25.01.12  

                                 

http://www.microscope.co.uk/news/2240157377/B2Net-­‐reborn-­‐under-­‐Proact-­‐umbrella        

                                                 


Publication: Storage  Newsletter   Date:  25.01.2012                                              

www.storagenewsletter.com/news/channel/proact-­‐uk-­‐b2net    


Publication:  Datacenter  Dynamics   Date:    26.01.2012    

                   

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2012/01/google-­‐apps-­‐says-­‐2012-­‐will-­‐ be-­‐clouds-­‐year                        


Publication: Channel  Pro   Date:  31.01.2012  

                                                                                                   

 

http://www.channelpro.co.uk/news/6521/proact-­‐launches-­‐uk      

 


Publication: Cloud  Computing  365   Date:  26.01.2012    

 

   

http://www.cloudcomputing-­‐365.info/news_full.php?id=21024&title=          


Publication:  MicroScope   Date:    06.02.2012    

                     

              http://www.microscope.co.uk/news/2240157428/CompTIA-­‐calls-­‐on-­‐channel-­‐to-­‐tackle-­‐IT-­‐ misconceptions    


Publication: Business  Cloud9   Date:  08.02.2012                

                             

http://www.businesscloud9.com/content/proact-­‐shows-­‐channel-­‐way-­‐cloud/7753  


Publication: Channel  Register   Date:  24.02.2012                

       

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/02/24/cloudstore_criticised/


Publication: The  Register   Date:  27.02.2012  

         

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/02/27/gcloud_april/


Publication: Public  Technology   Date:  28.02.2012  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                           


http://www.publictechnology.net/sector/central-­‐ gov/uk-­‐tech-­‐firm-­‐why-­‐we-­‐declined-­‐bid-­‐g-­‐cloud-­‐


Publication: Business  Cloud  9   Date:  29.02.2012  

               


http://www.businesscloud9.com/content/g-­‐cloud-­‐why-­‐we-­‐didnt-­‐bid-­‐be-­‐cloudstore/8306              


Publication: Channel  Register   Date:  29.02.2012  

                           

 


http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/02/29/chant_defends_cloudstore/                    


Publication: HM  Government  

         Date:  29.02.2012  

                 

                           

http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/2012/02/29/response-­‐to-­‐proact-­‐why-­‐we-­‐declined-­‐to-­‐bid-­‐ for-­‐g-­‐cloud-­‐work/


Publication: CRN   Date:  29.02.2012                                            

http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-­‐uk/news/2156142/-­‐cloud-­‐boss-­‐tackles-­‐supplier-­‐ concerns    


Publication: ComputerWorld  UK   Date:  01.03.2012  

   

                                       

  http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-­‐sector/3341558/suppliers-­‐criticise-­‐g-­‐ cloud-­‐contract-­‐terms/    


Publication: The  Data  Chain   Date:  01.03.2012  

http://www.thedatachain.com/news/2012/3/netapp_and_proact_launch_joint_saas_progr amme                    


Publication: MicroScope      Date:  01.03.2012  

                       

    http://www.microscope.co.uk/news/2240157537/Proact-­‐and-­‐NetApp-­‐team-­‐up-­‐for-­‐ISV-­‐ service-­‐programme                


Publication: Public  Technology                      Date:  01.03.2012  

                                 

http://www.publictechnology.net/sector/central-­‐gov/react-­‐proact-­‐cabinet-­‐office-­‐responds-­‐ g-­‐cloud-­‐criticism


Publication: Datacentre.me   Date:  01.03.2012  

    www.datacentre.me/news/netapp-­‐and-­‐proact-­‐launch-­‐joint-­‐saas-­‐programme-­‐534.htm  

   


Publication: IT  Europe   Date:  01.03.2012  

                             

  http://www.iteuropa.com/News/2012/03-­‐March/NetApp-­‐and-­‐Proact-­‐launch-­‐joint-­‐SaaS-­‐ programme.aspx    


Publication: Data  Centre  Solutions   Date:  05.03.2012  

             

http://www.dcseurope.info/news_full.php?id=21510&title=

     


Publication: Public  Technology              Date:  06.03.2012                                                                                                                                                                            

                                         

 

http://www.publictechnology.net/sector/central-­‐gov/memset-­‐backs-­‐cabinet-­‐office-­‐ cloudstore-­‐defence


Publication:                 Business  Cloud9   Date:  07.03.2012  

   

   

http://www.businesscloud9.com/content/defence-­‐cloudstorememset/8651


Publication: Storage  Newsletter    Date:  12.03.2012  

 

                                                                                                                                                           

http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/channel/netapp-­‐proact


Publication: SC  Magazine   Date:  16.04.2012  

     

                                       


http://www.scmagazineuk.com/hackers-­‐crackers-­‐and-­‐script-­‐kiddies-­‐protecting-­‐your-­‐ business-­‐data/article/236655/                            


Publication: IDG  Connect   Date:  26.04.2012  

                                                 

http://www.idgconnect.com/blog-­‐abstract/513/si-­‐kellow-­‐europe-­‐why-­‐aye-­‐sir-­‐why-­‐ necessary-­‐embrace  


Publication: IT  Pro   Date:  07.05.2012  

                                         

 

http://www.itpro.co.uk/640480/macs-­‐under-­‐attack


Publication: Clyde1  Radio   Date:  06.06.2012  

     

 

http://www.clyde1.com/news/jobs-­‐boost-­‐for-­‐scotland2012-­‐06-­‐06T02-­‐09-­‐02/              


Publication: CommsBusiness   Date:  06.06.2012  

 

http://www.commsbusiness.co.uk/RSS_News_Articles.cfm?NewsID=16656                


Publication: Scotsman  Business   Date:  06.06.2012  


http://www.scotsman.com/business/technology/scots-­‐it-­‐sector-­‐on-­‐the-­‐rise-­‐as-­‐cloud-­‐ computing-­‐firm-­‐puts-­‐down-­‐roots-­‐1-­‐2338993                            


Publication: Scottish  Development  International   Date:  06.06.2012  

                                                 

http://www.sdi.co.uk/news/2012/05/technology-­‐firm-­‐to-­‐create-­‐50-­‐new-­‐jobs-­‐in-­‐ scotland.aspx    


Publication: ScottishEnterprise   Date:  06.06.2012        

     

http://www.scottish-­‐enterprise.com/News/2012/06/Proact-­‐to-­‐create-­‐50-­‐new-­‐jobs-­‐in-­‐ Scotland.aspx          


Publication: The  Scotsman     Date:  06.06.2012                                        

               


Publication: Scottish  Evening  Times   Date:  07.06.2012  

 

                                         

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/hi-­‐tech-­‐firm-­‐to-­‐create-­‐50-­‐jpbs.17764712      


Publication: BBC  Scotland  Business   Date:  07.06.2012      

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-­‐scotland-­‐scotland-­‐business-­‐18347613  


Publication: ChannelPro   Date:  07.06.2012  

             

                     

http://www.channelpro.co.uk/news/6961/proact-­‐creates-­‐50-­‐new-­‐jobs-­‐scotland


Publication: CRN   Date:  07.06.2012    

http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-­‐uk/news/2182492/proact-­‐launches-­‐scottish-­‐ recruitment-­‐push      


Publication: Recruiter   Date:  07.06.2012    

 

http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2012/06/proact-­‐adding-­‐50-­‐new-­‐jobs-­‐at-­‐lanarkshire-­‐base/            


Publication: CRN   Date:  18.06.2012  

http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-­‐uk/news/2185117/-­‐bad        


Publication: IDG  Connect   Date:  19.07.2012  


http://www.idgconnect.com/blog-­‐abstract/583/si-­‐kellow-­‐uk-­‐the-­‐high-­‐price-­‐data-­‐breaches                          


Publication: SC  Magazine   Date:  01.07.2012  

                 


http://www.scmagazineuk.com/compliance-­‐the-­‐ cisos-­‐problem/article/250313/


Publication: Tech  World   Date:  08.08.12  

 

Proact launches latest 'Dropbox for the enterprise' New cloud storage service goes up against the likes of Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive By Sophie Curtis | Techworld | Published: 10:01, 08 August 2012 Storage integrator Proact has launched a new file-sharing and storage service called Probox – the latest offering claiming to be a “Dropbox for the enterprise,” alongside the likes of Google Drive, VMware Octopus, Microsoft SkyDrive, Box and Huddle Sync. The new cloud service enables business employees to share, access and sync all their work files securely, whenever and wherever they are and on any device. This removes the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents to themselves, which are common causes of data breaches. Mark Butcher, commercial director at Proact, said that business users want easy access to their company data, but few IT departments have been able to provide this service until now. Employees therefore end up using file-sharing services that lack sharing controls and contractual agreements. “Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible,” he said. Each employee gets 20GB of personal storage space, and files are synced automatically to the cloud. Only the intended recipient can open the files. Proact said that when a user accesses the service, their web browser and the data they transmit is protected by the same encryption methods used by major banks and government institutions. Using Probox is also a lot faster that alternative ways of file sharing, because files are synced instantaneously, according to Butcher. “It enhances the speed of a sent email, as users send information via links rather than attachments. This means it is now possible to quickly and simply send complete folders of files rather than simply sending multiple individual documents,” he said.


Last month the Dropbox file-sharing service suffered a major setback in its efforts to move into the enterprise more forcefully, after being hit by a spam attack that stemmed from the breach of an employee's account. Dropbox confirmed that a stolen employee password had led to the theft of a "project document" that contained user email addresses. With addresses in hand, the hacker then proceeded to spam European users of the cloud-storage service with ads for gambling websites. Analysts agree that Dropbox still has a way to go before it is enterprise-ready. “Dropbox has had a checkered history with security, but perhaps this was the wakeup call they needed,” said Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for Sophos. Despite the security risks, however, more employees in the future are expected to use services, mobile devices and other new technologies outside the control of IT departments. Gartner predicts that in less than three years, 35 percent of enterprise IT expenditures will occur outside of the corporate budget. As a result, many experts advise companies to abandon their command-and-control strategy and adopt a more cooperative tactic to deal with workers looking for the easiest way to get their jobs done.

http://news.techworld.com/storage/3374646/proact-­‐launches-­‐latest-­‐dropbox-­‐for-­‐ enterprise/                        


Publication: CRN   Date:  07.08.12  

Proact launches enterprise answer to Dropbox Storage integrator dabbles in product development By Hannah Breeze

Storage integrator Proact has said the hacking issues surrounding Dropbox "could not have come at a better time" as it launches its answer to the service in the form of Probox. The online file-sharing service, which has been 12 months in the making, marks the beginning of Proact's diversification into product development. Free cloud file-sharing site Dropbox recently upgraded its security after hackers gained access to service users' email addresses. Proact's offering, which is available to use on mobile devices as well as standard platforms, is designed to prevent data leakage while still delivering functionality to users and security control to businesses, according to the integrator. Proact's commercial director Mark Butcher said file-sharing security is of paramount concern for businesses. "Corporate information is leaking out of every hole. [Security] issues with Dropbox were ignored; it is only when you see data coming out left, right and centre that people start to listen," he added. "There are dozens of file-sharing services out there with similar offerings, but they all lack ultimate control [for businesses]. If [a company] has 1,000 users and 50 use Dropbox and 100 use Skydrive, for example, businesses have no idea who owns the data and where in the world it is stored; they lose control."

http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-­‐uk/news/2197137/proact-­‐launches-­‐enterprise-­‐answer-­‐ to-­‐dropbox    


Publication: Datacentre.me   Date:  06.08.12  

UK’s First Enterprise-Class File Sharing Service Launched by Proact London, 6 August 2012: Proact, Europe’s leading storage integrator and cloud services provider, today announces the launch of the UK’s first dedicated enterprise-class online file storage service, Probox www.probox.eu.

The new cloud service enables all business employees to simply and securely share, access and sync all their work files across work teams and to their mobile devices automatically, instantly and continuously – anytime and anywhere. The increasing demand for access to shared files is forcing over 65% of workers to use unauthorised online filestorage services to store business data, according to a Proact survey. Probox utilises the latest technology and best practice to safeguard data, prevent unauthorised access and guarantee service availability. Mark Butcher, Commercial Director at Proact, explains: “Business users want a service that provides them with flexible and immediate access to their company data, but few IT departments have been able to provide this service until now. This means employees have had no choice but to flaunt regulations by using file sharing services that put the company at serious risk of data leakage with zero control of their data location or sharing controls and a total lack of service level or contractual agreement.” “Probox enables businesses to ensure users retain ownership and control of their data with a secure service that has been built specifically with business use in mind. Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible.” Probox provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, instantaneously syncing their data to the cloud and to mobile devices, across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. This enables them to securely access company files and folders whenever and wherever they are and on any device, negating the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents to themselves. Butcher explains: “Sharing files through Probox is more effective and secure than emailing documents to yourself and your work colleagues. Using Probox to share files means that only your intended recipient can open the file you share, nobody else. It enhances the speed of a sent email, as users send information via links


rather than attachments. This means it is now possible to quickly and

simply send complete folders of files rather than simply sending multiple individual documents.” Probox also enhances business productivity and the security of company data. When a user accesses Probox their web browser and the data they transmit is securely protected by the same encryption methods used by major banks and government institutions. For more information about Probox and to register your interest in a free 30-day trial of Probox visit: www.probox.eu

http://www.datacentre.me/news/uk-­‐s-­‐first-­‐enterprise-­‐class-­‐file-­‐sharing-­‐service-­‐launched-­‐ by-­‐proact-­‐1659.htm                  


Publication: Cloud  Computing  365   Date:  07.08.12  

 

UK’s ‘first’ enterprise-class file sharing service Proact announces the launch of what it says is the UK’s first dedicated enterprise-class online file storage service, Probox www.probox.eu. The new cloud service enables all business employees to simply and securely share, access and sync all their work files across work teams and to their mobile devices automatically, instantly and continuously – anytime and anywhere. Date: 7 Aug 2012 The increasing demand for access to shared files is forcing over 65% of workers to use unauthorised online filestorage services to store business data, according to a Proact survey. Probox utilises the latest technology and best practice to safeguard data, prevent unauthorised access and guarantee service availability. Mark Butcher, Commercial Director at Proact, explains: “Business users want a service that provides them with flexible and immediate access to their company data, but few IT departments have been able to provide this service until now. This means employees have had no choice but to flaunt regulations by using file sharing services that put the company at serious risk of data leakage with zero control of their data location or sharing controls and a total lack of service level or contractual agreement.” “Probox enables businesses to ensure users retain ownership and control of their data with a secure service that has been built specifically with business use in mind. Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible.” Probox provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, instantaneously syncing their data to the cloud and to mobile devices, across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. This enables them to securely access company files and folders whenever and wherever they are and on any device, negating the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents to themselves. Butcher explains: “Sharing files through Probox is more effective and secure than emailing documents to yourself and your work colleagues. Using Probox to share files means that only your intended recipient can open the file you share, nobody else. It enhances the speed of a sent email, as users send information via links rather than attachments. This means it is now possible to quickly and simply send complete folders of files rather than simply sending multiple individual documents.” Probox also enhances business productivity and the security of company data. When a user accesses Probox their web browser and the data they transmit is securely protected by the same encryption methods used by major banks and government institutions.

http://cloudcomputing-­‐365.info/news_full.php?id=23553        


Publication: V3   Date:  07.08.12  

Proact launches Probox file-sharing tool to rival Dropbox By Rosalie Marshall

Storage integrator Proact has launched a new online file storage service, Probox, to compete in the fast growing cloud storage market against the likes of DropBox, SkyDrive, iCloud and Google Drive. Probox will allow employees to share and sync all their work files with their colleagues, and to their mobile devices automatically. Proact commercial director Mark Butcher told V3 that unlike other file-sharing services in the market, Probox had been designed with business users in mind. Butcher said Proact aims to give Probox users the flexibility they want, while ensuring enterprisegrade security. "Many of our customers deny how many of their staff use Dropbox-type services. Staff use the services to store company critical information, but this leaves the IT department with no guarantee of security, knowledge of data location or control," he said. "All users want is simplicity, but with the storage services on offer at the moment, many IT departments can't give them this. Current enterprise storage services are clunky and need a secure VPN service, hence why Dropbox has been so successful in businesses." The new cloud service provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, and can sync data across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. When a user accesses Probox, all the data they transmit will be encrypted, said Butcher.


"All enterprises in the UK market will also be given the guarantee that all data will be stored in a tier three UK datacentre," added Butcher. "There are storage enterprise cloud services out there but the security isn't up to scratch." The release of Probox follows a series of hacking attacks on consumer storage provider Dropbox. Following the attacks, security engineers and analysts have warned UK businesses need to stop trusting free consumer services with their data. Probox is priced at £6 per user, per month, for the 20GB of storage. Although Proact has just released the new service today in the UK and Europe, Probox has undergone beta testing for a number of months by Proact partner, NetApp. Probox will face competition from a number of cloud storage firms that are specifically targeted at the enterprise and meet requirements when it comes to security, such as Ignite and Intronis and US firm Box.

 

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-­‐uk/news/2196913/proact-­‐launches-­‐probox-­‐filesharing-­‐tool-­‐to-­‐ rival-­‐dropbox                          


Publication: CBR  Online   Date:  07/08/12  

Proact launches new online file storage service in UK CBR Staff Writer Published 07 August 2012 Probox enhances business productivity and the security of company data UK based storage integrator and cloud services provider Proact has launched its online file storage service, Probox, for business users. With the new cloud service, employees can now share, access and sync all their work files securely with their team members and to their mobile devices conveniently. Proact said it is first such service in the UK and the new online file storage service provides data security, prevent unauthorised access and guarantee service availability enhancing business productivity. Probox provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, syncing their data to the cloud and to mobile devices, across several platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. It will also enable the employees to access company files and folders securely, whenever and wherever they are and on any device, eliminating the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents. Users can access Probox through their web browser and the data they transmit is securely protected by the encryption similar way the data is protected by banks and government institutions. Proact commercial director Mark Butcher said Probox enables businesses to ensure users retain ownership and control of their data with a secure service that has been built specifically with business use in mind. "Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible," Butcher said.


"Using Probox to share files means that only your intended recipient can open the file you share, nobody else. It enhances the speed of a sent email, as users send information via links rather than attachments."

http://storage.cbronline.com/news/proact-­‐launches-­‐new-­‐online-­‐file-­‐sharing-­‐service-­‐in-­‐uk-­‐ 070812                                          


Publication: TechCloud9   Date:  07.08.12  

Proact does a Dropbox with security Posted by Martin Banks on Tue, 07/08/2012 - 07:41

Some things are fact, and some things are folklore, and the latter usually includes a fair degree of the former. But it is certainly the case that most security experts believe the folklore that Dropbox is hardly the most secure online storage service, and there are facts to prove it. However, for the typical user Dropbox is extremely easy and convenient to use, and really rather useful. That is why it has become a common operational tactic for business people who want or need to work away from their desk. Upload a few important files you want to work on and download them to the home system when you get home. In theory that sounds fine, but in practice most security experts suggest it forms the fundamental ingredients of a recipe for disaster if sensitive files are on Dropbox and unprotected. So the race is on to introduce a Dropbox equivalent that is geared far more to the needs of the business community. In particular, this means coming up with something that combines the flexibility and ease of use of Dropbox, and the levels of data and access security that business users have a right to expect. Latest contender is Proact, which has just launched the UKʼs first dedicated enterpriseclass online file storage service, Probox. The new cloud service enables all business employees to simply and securely share, access and sync all their work files across work teams and to their mobile devices automatically, instantly and continuously – anytime and anywhere.


According to a recent Proact survey, the increasing demand for access to shared files is forcing over 65% of workers to use unauthorised online file storage services to store business data. This means employees have increasingly felt they had no choice but to flaunt regulations by using file sharing services that put the company at serious risk of data leakage. Most of the current services provide zero control over data location or sharing controls, with little or no service level or contractual agreement provided. Proact claims that Probox utilises the latest technology and best practices to safeguard data, prevent unauthorised access and guarantee service availability. It claims it has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system, with enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security. Data transmitted to and from the service is securely protected by the same encryption methods used by major banks and government institutions. Probox provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, instantaneously syncing their data to the cloud and to mobile devices, across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. This enables them to securely access company files and folders whenever and wherever they are and on any device, negating the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents to themselves.    

http://www.businesscloud9.com/content/proact-­‐does-­‐dropbox-­‐security/11342                  


Publication: Cloud  Computing   Intelligence   Date:  06.08.12  

UK’S SERVICE

UK’s Proact debuts file sharing service (06-Aug-2012) Storage integrator Proact has launched what it believes is the UK's first enterprise-ready online file sharing service, Probox. The new cloud service enables all business employees to simply and securely share, access and sync all their work files across work teams and to their mobile devices automatically, instantly and continuously – anytime and anywhere. The launch follows on from a Proact customer survey, which revealed that company staff are going against the advice of senior management by using consumer file sharing services Dropbox and Skydrive. “Probox enables businesses to ensure users retain ownership and control of their data with a secure service that has been built specifically with business use in mind. Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible,” commented Mark Butcher, commercial director of Proact. Proact claims Probox clients’ data is stored in a tier three, UK data centre, built on the NetApp Flexpod enterprise platform. As part of the launch, Probox is available as a 30-day free trial. More information can be found at www.probox.eu

http://www.cloudcomputingintelligence.com/news/uk-­‐s-­‐proact-­‐debuts-­‐file-­‐sharing-­‐service      


Publication: CloudPro   Date:  06.08.12  

Proact unveils enterprise Dropbox rival Jane McCallion, August 6, 2012News

Businessman is reading a book – alphaspirit

Storage integrator debuts file sharing service for business users Storage integrator Proact claims to have launched the UK's first enterprise-ready online file sharing service. The launch of the firm's Probox service follows on from a Proact customer survey, which revealed that company staff are going against the advice of senior management by using consumer file sharing services Dropbox and Skydrive. “These services are fantastic for end users, because they give them exactly what they want,” Mark Butcher, commercial director of Proact told Cloud Pro. “But for your organisation it is a nightmare, because you are storing company critical information on a totally insecure platform where you have no control over it,” he said. Data stored on US servers is subject to the Patriot Act, which can be problematic for financial services firms, added Butcher. “That is where we came from with Probox: building a service that is actually designed for enterprise customers with a proper grade of security that gives a business the control they want... things like [using] proper end-to-end encryption,” he explained.


Proact claims Probox clients’ data is stored in a tier three, UK data centre, built on the NetApp Flexpod enterprise platform. “The approach that we are taking is to secure the service and make it highly available and we are doing it in a way that doesn’t get rid of the flexibility that people want," added Butcher. As part of the launch, Probox is available as a 30 day free trial. More information can be found at www.probox.eu

http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/saas/4277/proact-­‐unveils-­‐enterprise-­‐dropbox-­‐rival                                  


Publication: The  Data  Chain   Date:  06.08.2012  

UK’s First Enterprise-Class File Sharing Service Launched by Proact Proact, Europe’s leading storage integrator and cloud services provider, today announces the launch of the UK’s first dedicated enterprise-class online file storage service, Probox. The new cloud service enables all business employees to simply and securely share, access and sync all their work files across work teams and to their mobile devices automatically, instantly and continuously – anytime and anywhere. The increasing demand for access to shared files is forcing over 65% of workers to use unauthorised online filestorage services to store business data, according to a Proact survey. Probox utilises the latest technology and best practice to safeguard data, prevent unauthorised access and guarantee service availability. Mark Butcher, Commercial Director at Proact, explains: “Business users want a service that provides them with flexible and immediate access to their company data, but few IT departments have been able to provide this service until now. This means employees have had no choice but to flaunt regulations by using file sharing services that put the company at serious risk of data leakage with zero control of their data location or sharing controls and a total lack of service level or contractual agreement.” “Probox enables businesses to ensure users retain ownership and control of their data with a secure service that has been built specifically with business use in mind. Probox has been designed with security at the forefront of its development, as opposed to being a bolt-on to the system. It therefore provides enterprise-class levels of availability, performance and security to even the most stringent businesses, ensuring their vital data is as safe and available as possible.” Probox provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, instantaneously syncing their data to the cloud and to mobile devices, across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. This enables them to securely access company files and folders whenever and wherever they are and on any device, negating the need for users to copy files to USBs or email documents to themselves. Butcher explains: “Sharing files through Probox is more effective and secure than emailing documents to yourself and your work colleagues. Using Probox to share files means that only your intended recipient can open the file you share, nobody else. It enhances the speed of a sent email, as users send information via links rather than attachments. This means it is now possible to quickly and simply send complete folders of files rather than simply sending multiple individual documents.” Probox also enhances business productivity and the security of company data. When a user accesses Probox their web browser and the data they transmit is securely protected by the same encryption methods used by major banks and government institutions.

http://www.thedatachain.com/news/2012/8/uks_first_enterprise_class_file_sharing_servic e_launched_by_proact      


Publication: Comms  Business   Date:  08.08.2012  

 

             

 

http://www.commsbusiness.co.uk/RSS_News_Articles.cfm?NewsID=17220              


Publication: PC  Advisor   Date:  08.08.2012  

                                           


http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/enterprise/3374921/proact-­‐launches-­‐latest-­‐dropbox-­‐for-­‐ enterprise/                  


Publication: Computerworld   Date:  08.08.2012  

                                       


http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=4C1314E3-­‐9887-­‐EAAD-­‐4F4B927D7FD1E043                                    


Proact   Legal  Coverage          

       


Publication: Legal  IT  Professionals      Date:  26.03.2012  

                     

http://www.legalitprofessionals.com/Ten-­‐minutes/ten-­‐minutes-­‐with-­‐michael-­‐jopling-­‐ pinsent-­‐masons.html                  


Publication: Legal  Technology   Insider      Date:  04.2012  

                        http://www.legaltechnology.com/wp-­‐content/uploads/2012/01/lti252.pdf                  


Publication: CloudPro   Date:  11.06.2012  

   


http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/cloud-­‐essentials/private-­‐cloud/3833/law-­‐firm-­‐turns-­‐private-­‐ cloud-­‐deployment-­‐drive-­‐growth?page=0,1              


Publication: The  Orange  Rag   Date:  14.06.2012  


http://www.legaltechnology.com/case-­‐studies/taylor-­‐vinters-­‐gains-­‐flexibility-­‐mitigates-­‐risk-­‐ with-­‐managed-­‐cloud-­‐services/            

 


Publication: The  Data  Chain   Date:  20.06.2012  

 


http://www.thedatachain.com/articles/2012/6/proact_help_pinsent_masons_secure_servic e_reputation_with_infrastructure_as_a_service                


Publication: Cloud  Computing  365   Date:  12.07.12  

Law firm DWF adopts cloud services from Proact to aid rapid business growth DWF ploughs an estimated £0.5m into business developments thanks to innovative IT from Proact. Date: 12 Jul 2012 Proact, a leading storage integrator and cloud services provider, is providing the business law firm DWF with cloud services to facilitate the firm’s rapid growth. DWF has deployed an enterprise cloud solution, which is fully managed by Proact. The on-premise Storage as a Service (StaaS) solution will be hosted at DWF’s primary offices with backup and disaster recovery being delivered from the Proact Enterprise Cloud. DWF now has access to high end storage technologies through a system that can grow with its business, improving system performance and resilience. This is part of DWF’s overall business strategy to reach a top 20 position in the law industry. DWF adopted a StaaS model rather than the traditional approach in order to quickly develop other strategic agendas. By mapping its IT closely with its business strategy, DWF has driven an estimated £0.5m to supporting business expansion and client side developments. Richard Hodkinson, CTO at DWF, comments: “The cloud based IT solution provided by Proact has changed the profile of the investment making high end technologies more accessible and enabling other investments in areas to be developed. Our business is growing fast and we can now redirect cash in improving the business, adding to our client services and supporting expansion.” He added: “Proact took the time to get under the skin of our business needs and provided us with a solution that reflects our growth strategy. When we were searching for a solution Proact’s proposition was far superior to other suppliers.” Jason Clark, CEO at Proact UK, adds: “We’ve been working with the legal sector for many years and understand how important reliable and scalable IT is for them. IT underpins the service they offer to their clients and the rate at which business can grow. Changes in regulations have meant that non-lawyers can now own law firms, increasing competition and the way the industry is run. Having an agile IT infrastructure with a fixed fee means a law firm can optimise how the business operates. We’ve provided DWF with an innovative approach to IT allowing the company to focus on its core business.”

 

http://www.cloudcomputing-­‐365.info/news_full.php?id=23282&title=            


Publication: Datacentre  Solutions   Date:  12.07.12  

 

Law firm DWF adopts cloud services from Proact to aid rapid business growth DWF ploughs an estimated £0.5m into business developments thanks to innovative IT from Proact. Date: 12 Jul 2012 Proact, a leading storage integrator and cloud services provider, is providing the business law firm DWF with cloud services to facilitate the firm’s rapid growth. DWF has deployed an enterprise cloud solution, which is fully managed by Proact. The on-premise Storage as a Service (StaaS) solution will be hosted at DWF’s primary offices with backup and disaster recovery being delivered from the Proact Enterprise Cloud. DWF now has access to high end storage technologies through a system that can grow with its business, improving system performance and resilience. This is part of DWF’s overall business strategy to reach a top 20 position in the law industry. DWF adopted a StaaS model rather than the traditional approach in order to quickly develop other strategic agendas. By mapping its IT closely with its business strategy, DWF has driven an estimated £0.5m to supporting business expansion and client side developments. Richard Hodkinson, CTO at DWF, comments: “The cloud based IT solution provided by Proact has changed the profile of the investment making high end technologies more accessible and enabling other investments in areas to be developed. Our business is growing fast and we can now redirect cash in improving the business, adding to our client services and supporting expansion.” He added: “Proact took the time to get under the skin of our business needs and provided us with a solution that reflects our growth strategy. When we were searching for a solution Proact’s proposition was far superior to other suppliers.” Jason Clark, CEO at Proact UK, adds: “We’ve been working with the legal sector for many years and understand how important reliable and scalable IT is for them. IT underpins the service they offer to their clients and the rate at which business can grow. Changes in regulations have meant that non-lawyers can now own law firms, increasing competition and the way the industry is run. Having an agile IT infrastructure with a fixed fee means a law firm can optimise how the business operates. We’ve provided DWF with an innovative approach to IT allowing the company to focus on its core business.”

 

http://www.dcsuk.info/news_full.php?id=23282&title=          


Publication: Corporate  Breaking  N   ews   Date:  13.07.12  

Law Firm DWF Adopts Cloud Services From Proact To Aid Rapid Business Growth DWF ploughs an estimated £0.5m into business developments thanks to innovative IT from Proact. Proact, Europe's leading storage integrator and cloud services provider, is today announcing that it is providing the business law firm DWF with cloud services to facilitate the firm's rapid growth. DWF has deployed an enterprise cloud solution, which is fully managed by Proact. The on-premise Storage as a Service (StaaS) solution will be hosted at DWF's primary offices with backup and disaster recovery being delivered from the Proact Enterprise Cloud. DWF now has access to high end storage technologies through a system that can grow with its business, improving system performance and resilience. This is part of DWF's overall business strategy to reach a top 20 position in the law industry. DWF adopted a StaaS model rather than the traditional approach in order to quickly develop other strategic agendas. By mapping its IT closely with its business strategy, DWF has driven an estimated £0.5m to supporting business expansion and client side developments. Richard Hodkinson, CTO at DWF, comments: "The cloud based IT solution provided by Proact has changed the profile of the investment making high end technologies more accessible and enabling other investments in areas to be developed. Our business is growing fast and we can now redirect cash in improving the business, adding to our client services and supporting expansion." He added: "Proact took the time to get under the skin of our business needs and provided us with a solution that reflects our growth strategy. When we were searching for a solution Proact's proposition was far superior to other suppliers." Jason Clark, CEO at Proact UK, adds: "We've been working with the legal sector for many years and understand how important reliable and scalable IT is for them. IT underpins the service they offer to their clients and the rate at which business can grow. Changes in regulations have meant that non-lawyers can now own law firms, increasing competition and the way the industry is run. Having an agile IT infrastructure with a fixed fee means a law firm can optimise how the business operates. We've provided DWF with an innovative approach to IT allowing the company to focus on its core business." About Proact Proact is Europe's leading Independent storage integrator and cloud enabler, with a UK turnover of £60m and over 180 employees. Delivering business agility since 1994, our solutions cover all aspects of data storage, virtualisation, networking and security - with over 3,500 projects successfully delivered and 11PB of data under management in the Proact Enterprise Cloud. ISO9001, 27001 AND IGSoC Certified, Proact have been delivering cloud services for over 5 years and have over 50 cloud references. Proact operate in 13 countries across Europe with a group turnover of 250 M€. Since 1994, Proact shares have been listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm with ticker symbol PACT. Additional information about Proact is available at www.proact.co.uk


About NetApp NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognised as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.

http://www.corporatebreakingnews.com/law-­‐firm-­‐dwf-­‐adopts-­‐cloud-­‐services-­‐from-­‐proact-­‐ to-­‐aid-­‐rapid-­‐business-­‐growth-­‐33711.html                                


Publication: Managing  Partner   Date:  28.08.2012  

http://www.managingpartner.com/case-­‐study/technology/reallocating-­‐resources-­‐moving-­‐ cloud-­‐refocus-­‐it-­‐efforts


Publication:  Managing  Partner   Date:    September  2012  

   


Proact   Health  Coverage      


Publication: Datacentre.me   Date:  09.05.2012  

http://www.datacentre.me/news/nhs-­‐targeted-­‐with-­‐tailored-­‐cloud-­‐service-­‐from-­‐proact-­‐ 1036.htm  


Publication: The  Data  Chain   Date:  09.05.2012  

 

http://www.thedatachain.com/news/2012/5/nhs_targeted_with_tailored_cloud_service_fr om_proact  


Publication: Cloud  Computing  365   Date:  11.05.2012  

 

http://cloudcomputing-­‐365.info/news_full.php?id=22471&title=NHS-­‐demand-­‐for-­‐secure-­‐ cloud-­‐services-­‐met-­‐by-­‐Service-­‐Provider-­‐ahead-­‐of-­‐competition


Publication: Liquida   Date:  10.05.2012  

                     

http://www.liquida.com/page/34672221/                          


Publication: WareGround  IT  News   Date:  10.05.2012  

   

http://www.wareground.com/articles/nhs_targeted_with_tailored_cloud_service_from_pr oact    


Publication: Global  Security  Mag   Date:  10.05.2012  

                         

http://www.globalsecuritymag.com/NHS-­‐Targeted-­‐With-­‐Tailored-­‐ Cloud,20120510,30123.html                


Publication: GPSJ  Online   Date:  09.05.2012  

       

http://www.gpsj.co.uk/view-­‐article.asp?articleid=520      


Publication: CloudComputing  365   Date:  06.05.2012  

 

http://cloudcomputing-­‐365.info/news_full.php?id=22805&title=    


Publication: Computer  Weekly   Date:  02.07.2012  


http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240159006/NHS-­‐trust-­‐cloud-­‐solves-­‐immediate-­‐ challenge-­‐and-­‐prepares-­‐for-­‐future                      


Publication: The  Data  Chain   Date:  06.07.2012  


http://www.thedatachain.com/articles/2012/7/wrightington_wigan_and_leigh_nhs_founda tion_trust_award_proact_uk_excellence_in_supply_after_saving_a186m


Publication: Datacentre.me   Date:  11.07.12  

WRIGHTINGTON, WIGAN AND LEIGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST AWARD PROACT UK EXCELLENCE IN SUPPLY AFTER SAVING Innovative IT company Proact won both nominated categories at the 2011 Excellence in Supply awards at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust. KEY HIGHLIGHTS Industry: Health (Public) Innovative IT company Proact won both nominated categories at the 2011 Excellence in Supply awards at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust. Winning both Supplier of the Year and Best Collaborative Project, Proact UK demonstrated how a customer focused, vendor independent approach combined with strong knowledge of the market allows for successful projects that help drive organisational goals and add business value.

The Challenge After a close call WWL primary data centre, the Trust needed to safeguard its patient data to ensure that key services remained up and a safe and efficient service was delivered to its patients.

The Solution A solution based upon NetApp FlexPod architecture and heavy virtualisation, Proact consolidated and allowed for high flexibility, availability, security and performance with improved SLAs. Risk was significantly reduced which enabled the Trust to offer safe patient care event in the event of a disaster.

Benefits

£1.86m tangible saving over 5-years ROI in less than 18 months


Award winning solution; o Best Collaborative Project o Project of the Year o Proact named as “Supplier of the Year”

Estimated 70% reduction in cost of a traditional DR service Dramatically improved ability to recover key services Solution built on proven reference FlexPod architecture Improvement of work/life balance for operational staff One million KG reduction in CO2 emissions

Customer Profile Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is a major acute trust serving the people of Wigan and Leigh. Innovative and forward thinking, the trust is dedicated to providing the best possible healthcare for the local population in the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. In the most recent published Performance Ratings, the Trust achieved a positive assessment and received "Good" ratings for both Effective Use of Resources and Quality of Services. The Trust has three hospital sites, a state-of-the-art outpatients centre and offices located at Bryan House and Buckingham Row in Wigan town centre.

http://www.datacentre.me/news/wrightington-­‐wigan-­‐and-­‐leigh-­‐nhs-­‐foundation-­‐trust-­‐ award-­‐proact-­‐uk-­‐excellence-­‐in-­‐supply-­‐after-­‐saving-­‐1497.htm          


Publication: Tech  Cloud9   Date:  11.07.12  

     


http://www.businesscloud9.com/content/case-­‐study-­‐saving-­‐wwl-­‐nhs-­‐trust-­‐186m/11091    


Publication: Storage  Newsletter   Date:  12.07.2012      


http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/customer/wrightington-­‐wigan-­‐leigh-­‐nhs-­‐proact  

Proact Coverage Book 2012  

Selection of Proact Coverage from 2012

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