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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

 


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  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    

 


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