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Node4 opens SOC in Nottingham

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Node4 Nottingham

Node4 has announced the opening of a security and operations center (SOC) in Nottingham.

The new facility is part of a three-year growth plan for Node4, expanding the data centre and cloud company’s presence in the Midlands and acting as a base for new employees and customers in the area.

Node4’s team of security experts will be located at the new Nottingham SOC to provide customers with 24/7 security monitoring for clients, and for its own network. The new facility will employ 50 members of the Node4 security team, some of whom will relocate from other locations.

Node4’s Managed Security Service was launched in 2016, with a ‘Defense-in-Depth’ strategy for data security. This service provides overlapping tactics to provide secure data management for local storage and in the cloud. The company plans to enhance the Managed Security Service offerings over the course of this year.

Over the past three years, Node4 has tripled in size, due in part to a series of targeted acquisitions, from the 2014 purchase of cloud infrastructure firm LETN Solutions, to the 2015 acquisitions of cloud and app specialists Premier IT and Reconnix. Strategic acquisitions have helped to provide the base for Node4’s strong, diverse service portfolio.

Node4 CEO Andrew Gilbert said that the company is excited to continue its expansion into the Midlands, answering the service needs of clients in various capacities. “Our clients are increasingly looking to Node4 as their strategic IT partner, with the complete package of skill-set, service portfolio and service ethos they need to take them on their IT journey.”

According to Node4, the company’s savvy acquisition strategy, along with a broader managed service portfolio has helped it to build a customer base of over 900 organizations.

In 2016, Bowmark Capital completed a secondary buyout to become a majority stakeholder in Node4. However, the company’s previous partner, LDC, continues to provide funding to the company to support its three-year growth plan.

Earlier this year, Node4 became the first cloud services provider in the UK to offer NetApp Private Storage as a Service to customers. The partnership with NetApp allows customers to access the public cloud, while storing data privately in a Node4 data center. This is achieved through collocating NetApp storage systems in Node4’s Equinix data centers, which are directly connected to the cloud.

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