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Network Consultancy

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Consult, Design, Implement and Manage

With a foundation of network infrastructure and experience of integrating cloud solutions the APSU network consulting team is able to assist customers with lifecycle services in each area or a hybrid of the two. With a proven high level methodology of Consult, Design, Implement and Manage stages, APSU’s accredited consultants assist customers with a range of network requirements.

 

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Consult

Consult

This area includes the discovery of customer networks with regard to infrastructure upgrade and migration projects or specific network issues. It can involve a range of network audit services (see below) or more focused investigation with associated recommendations. This stage is usually a pre cursor to a network design.

 

Design

Design

Design services are underpinned with specific accreditation such as Cisco Design Professional combined with a broad experience of design requirements and solutions. Most APSU designs are a hybrid of existing successful solutions built up on the right level of detail from the Consult phase.
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Implement

Implement

Implementation Consultancy ranges from point network configuration and supply services to large deployment and managed service transitions. All such work is managed by a PRINCE accredited project manager or coordinator to ensure deployment, timescale and risk is controlled and communicated to the customer.

 

Manage

Manage

After a project is delivered or transitioned APSU can continue to manage and support the solution. Operation is handed over from delivery consultants to our NOC to ensure systems are monitored, maintained and reviewed to ensure they are up to date, secure and perform as customers evolve use of the solution.
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An APSU infrastructure audit assists customers in maintaining a robust and resilient IT infrastructure. By carrying out a detailed design review and identifying gaps between current network capabilities and industry best practices, APSU make recommendations to ensure your network is optimised and up to date. An audit will provide you with a comprehensive infrastructure report, documenting not only the network topology but how it relates to server and storage systems, together with prioritised recommendations for improvements to the architecture, components, and configurations.
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This review is a preliminary, investigative process designed to define the scope of any subsequent security-focused project. APSU offer a tailored approach to identify security concerns and solutions specific to our customers’ business requirements. The Security Architecture Review provides a detailed evaluation of network security architecture, identifying vulnerabilities and recommending improvements. The result of the service is a roadmap to achieving a strengthened security infrastructure providing ‘defence in-depth’ network protection. For more information, please see the Security Architecture Review Datasheet.
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This service specifically identifies Cisco network equipment assets and software versions. APSU use this report to establish a baseline for the design and implementation of new services or plan upgrades to stabilise unstable networks. It enables an organisation to standardise on software releases and hardware platforms to reduce maintenance costs and identify risks regarding out-of-support components.
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Through effectively reviewing the network and applying best practice recommendations, these services provide a greater insight into a customer’s network, a starting point to reduce operational costs and enhance network reliability and security. Audits can:

  • Reduce network operations costs and enhance network reliability by identifying potential or actual performance problems and making improvement recommendations
  • Improve the performance of devices in the network through performance analysis and recommendations
  • Accelerate the deployment of new advanced technologies by optimising the foundation network
  • Enable the implementation of critical network changes more effectively and efficiently
  • Increase the self sufficiency of IT and Network Support staff through knowledge and skills transfer
  • Provide an external and independent review of a customer’s network

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Cloud connectivity requires network security measures from both a best practice and compliance perspective.

Our consultants advise on maintaining network security in to the cloud and are involved with the ongoing security improvement process with our cloud and managed services customers.

Firewall access control and enforcement, is regularly combined with integral support for VPN and Intrusion prevention systems. APSU provide this functionality for both Cisco equipment and Network Virtual Appliance formats.
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With a Cisco-recognised specialisation in Advanced Security and the majority our network consultants accredited in security APSU do not view security as an ‘option’. Consult, Design, Implement and Manage stages will consider security requirements and features as standard.

This approach applies APSU experience in a broad range of security solutions such as PCI-DSS compliance down to the configuration of a point deployment such a single site LAN. Security elements are a standard part of any network specification. Following implementation, the APSU NOC can maintain and monitor them to ensure security as well as consistent operation is maintained.
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• Installation
• Upgrade
• Configuration
• Documentation
• Audits
• Analysis
• Tuning
• Troubleshooting
• Fault calls
• Strategic/Technology road mapping and design
• Technical queries
• Skills transfer
• Routers
• Switches
• Security
• Wireless
• IP Telephony an UC systems
• WAN connections
• Virtual Server Network infrastructure
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PaperchaseRead our Paperchase Case Study[br]Read More[br]
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“There was a person at the end of the phone; it was someone we could deal with. We didn’t get that with other companies. With the others, all the techie talk was behind closed doors.”

"We talked to APSU, who were able to provide the consultancy we were after, as well as the products. The team proposed the idea of a solution that used
Cisco LAN, WAN and RF connectivity to support stock management, time attendance systems, and addressed PCI DSS security. I was looking for a fully integrated solution and this gave me the confi dence that the APSU team, with their different remits, knew what they were doing and I had comfort that the whole project was in the right hands."

Neil Plaistowe, Head of IT, Paperchase

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Partners



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Our Partners

Partnerships are integral to delivering complex solutions. As we build support services and platforms to deliver these solutions, they have to impart trust and confidence.

This is why APSU only works with technology leaders, proven solution providers and fully tested products that deliver client services with excellence.

At APSU we have a very long history with our partners, and through these long-standing relationships we are able to influence, impart change, deliver resolution and provide a voice for our clients which might otherwise go unheard.

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IBM Premier Business Partner
 

Sophos AV Authorised Reseller[br][br][br]

Sophos AV Authorised Reseller
 

IGEL Technology Certified Partner[br][br][br]

IGEL Technology Certified Partner
 

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Microsoft Partner

Microsoft Partner, Silver Midmarket Solution Provider

VMWare VIP Enterprise Partner

VMWare VIP Enterprise Partner
 

Tripwire Certified Partner

Tripwire Certified Partner
 

Interoute Cloud Services Partner

Interoute Cloud Services Partner

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Cisco Premier Partner[br][br][br]

Cisco Premier Partner
 

Vision Solutions Managed Services Partner

Vision Solutions Managed Services Partner
 

QLogic Partner[br][br][br]

QLogic Partner
 

Veeam Pro Partner[br][br][br]

Veeam Pro Partner

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Hewlett Packard Preferred Partner[br][br][br]

Hewlett Packard Preferred Partner
 

Symantec Gold Partner[br][br][br]

Symantec Gold Partner
 

Thinking Safe Enterprise Solution Partner Authorised Reseller

Thinking Safe Enterprise Solution Partner Authorised Reseller

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APSU is committed to providing tailored support solutions to meet your needs. Our scale allows us to be focused, agile and responsive to you, ensuring rapid access to our knowledge and resources.

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APSU Solutions

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Business continuity solutions designed and built for IBM System i environments and attached Wintel servers supported by Europe's leading High Availability Consultants.
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Fully managed Cloud solutions provisioned on Europe's largest privately-owned network and managed by an IBM-accredited Cloud builder and Cloud infrastructure Business Partner.
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IT consultancy to enable companies to define, plan, secure and implement their global strategies on IBM i, p, x, storage and Cisco platforms.
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24/7/365 managed IT services from an IBM Managed Service Provider [MSP] and Cisco Premier partner for IBM Power servers, storage and network environments.
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Virtual Data Centre (VDC)

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Virtual Data Centre (VDC)

Virtual Data Centre (VDC) is APSU’s enterprise-class Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution for Wintel environments which replaces the need to continually invest in IT as your environments age or your business grows. Virtual Data Centre combines security and scale with APSU’s widely recognised service provider experience to deliver a flexible and cost-effective way to build your ICT infrastructure using Europe’s largest ICT services platform. It is a cloud computing solution delivered in partnership with Interoute, Europe’s largest cloud platform with integrated connectivity, communication and computing services.

 

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Available

Available

With 99.99% availability and the capability to build your environment in multiple virtual data centres delivered from 12 locations, high availability and resilience are part of the solution.

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Secure

Secure

Built on Europe’s largest MPLS network, your virtual servers will be stored in ISO 2000, 27001, SAS-70 and PCI DSS compliant data centres.
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Fully Managed

Managed

Your virtual servers will be managed by an IBM-accredited cloud builder and cloud infrastructure Business Partner, helping you deliver cloud as a service for your business.

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Expandable

Expandable

Only pay for what you need; add additional capacity on the fly or more virtual servers as required. No more paying for future growth in your server platforms that may never materialise.

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APSU’s team of network engineers will design a connectivity solution that will give you the confidence that we can deliver the cloud as a service for your business.
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APSU takes care of provisioning your entire ICT solution within our Virtual Data Centre environment. The provisioning of the computer, storage and network resources will be managed by APSU.
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APSU completely manages the Virtual Data Centre. We monitor usage of the service, report and control the allocation of resources, and determine how much and what is being used by whom.
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The computer, storage and network resources used to create your ICT service within the Virtual Data Centre environment can all be used in a truly elastic way. APSU manages what you need and gives you the flexibility to grow your Virtual Data Centre to an almost unlimited level.
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“Our ageing IT server platform was nearing end of life and I had initially looked to APSU to present pricing for replacement. APSU put forward an alternative solution based on their VDC cloud platform that was compelling and made me realize that the conventional buy and replace every 3 or 4 years was not in our best interest.

APSU already provided a managed service and the VDC solution covers both this and the provision of cloud servers together with the necessary software I needed. The migration from our existing platform was seamless and all in all, our staff are very pleased with the solution.”

Piers Jones, Finance Manager

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Virtual Server Recovery Lite for i

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*The Ford KA was found by Confused.com as the least stolen car between 2004 and 2011 with not one of its customers having made a claim for theft.

The Smart Choice for Power Systems including AS/400, iSeries, and System i Cloud Backup

Finally move away from drive reliability problems and the usual errors relating to tape media and migrate to APSU’s Cloud Backup for Power Systems, a tapeless disk-to-cloud (D2C) backup system for the AS/400, iSeries or Power i. Back up your Power i to a Wintel server, replicate your data to the cloud and never worry about sending tapes off site ever again.

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Security

Security

Your Power i data will be stored in data centres that are ISO 27001 and PCI DSS compliant, and will be encrypted at source and in transit without sacrificing system performance.

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Data Restores

Data Restores

Extremely fast file restores when you need them, from locally provided SAN storage replicated to APSU’s cloud service for offsite backups.
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Fully Managed

Managed Expertise

Your cloud backup solution will be managed by IBM accredited System i experts, there to support you and ensure your data is available 24/7.

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Reduce Backup Times

Reduce Backup Times

Expect to cut your backup time and reduce the expense of backup media. The uncertainty of never knowing whether that tape will restore or not is finally removed.

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The backup consists of a software library installed on the Power i that implements SAVLIB, SAVOBJ, SAV, SAVDLO and SAVCFG. SAVSYS is not possible with this solution, and a traditional save to tape is included within the service. This type of conventional backup is completed once per quarter or when a change is made to the IBM system libraries, for example a program temporary fix (PTF) load.

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The solution also creates a backup catalogue that contains an entry for each save and list file that contains a list of the objects in each save. The catalogue can be viewed with a WRKVOLLV command, the save file object list can be viewed so that entire libraries or individual objects can be restored. The result is an archive of backups so that you can have multiple versions of each library for near-line storage.
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APSU is recognised by IBM as one of its strategic partners for managed services and cloud-based solutions. With a position on IBM’s Worldwide Cloud Advisory Council and as IBM’s first accredited Managed Services Partner in the UK, APSU is well placed to support and design secure, highly available cloud services for business. In 2004, APSU developed the first cloud based high availability service for System i and in 2008, the first managed tapeless disk-to-cloud (D2C) solution for the UK market.
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A Wintel server with SAN storage will be installed at your location. Overnight backups of the Power i will save directly to the attached disk array. Your data will then be deduplicated, encrypted and replicated to APSU’s cloud.

APSU will manage the backup, file restore and full restore in the event of a disaster on your Power i. Problem determination and resolution together with change management for your backup schedule will be handled by our Power i experts.
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The same as the standard service, but including a disaster recovery option allowing you to suspend both your existing offsite tape storage and disaster recovery agreements.

An annual disaster recovery test is included, complete with a recovery time objective (RTO) analysis and a test report. System restores will be to an APSU Power i at one of our designated recovery centres.

This service has an indicative RTO of 8 hours.
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“I was interested in a disaster recovery or high availability service to protect our iSeries server. After looking at competitive offerings, APSU came back with an extremely compelling enhanced disaster recovery solution. This was a tapeless disk to cloud backup service with a dedicated warm start iSeries to improve my recovery time objective.

All I can say is that, this has been ideal for my business; I now have two services wrapped into one, off-site tape backups and a dedicated disaster recovery solution. All at a budgetary cost that could not be matched by other suppliers. Very happy indeed.”[br][br]

Robert Whittle, IT Manager, Senior Hargreaves

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