VooServers Accredited to ISO 27001
Posted on March 24th, 2017
VooServers is pleased to announce the successful accreditation of the company to ISO 27001.
Conducted by SNR certification, the audit was held in two stages. VooServers completed the first stage of the audit on 29th November 2016 and the second stage on 21st February 2017.
This is a significant achievement for VooServers, particularly given that it is a relatively small company to complete the ISO 27001 certification. In addition, VooServers achieved this in-house within just six months of applying.
ISO 27001 is a widely accepted industry/sector certification providing requirements for information security management systems (ISMS). This covers a wide range of policies and procedures that includes all legal and technical controls involved in an organisations information management processes. In the ISO 27001 Global Report, it quotes: ‘98% of respondents say that the most important benefit of ISO 27001 was improved information security, while 11% said it improved company reputation, and 8% said it improved competitiveness.’
The accreditation recognises VooServers’ understanding around information security. It is also confirms VooServers has the relevant policies and controls in place to protect its customers. At the same time, the accreditation is about much more than just a paper trail; it is about continual improvement. For example, improving information security and consistently driving that security forward as trends change, will ensure VooServers continue to perform better year on year.
The accreditation is a globally recognised information security accreditation, which means absolute consistency across all VooServers’ different locations, including Frankfurt, LA and New York.
Matt Parkinson, founder and director of VooServers, comments: “We are extremely proud to be recognised with the ISO 27001 accreditation. Having completed the accreditation independently, I think we benefited from getting a really good understanding of the standards in the process. This will help in the continual improvement model going forwards.
“Prior to the implementation of the ISO 27001 standards, we already had a good ethos of information security within the company, and were already implementing a fair number of the controls. ISO 27001 has helped us to formalise those processes and ensure they can be continually audited and reviewed.”
ISO 27001 is the first significant accreditation that VooServers has completed. The company also has plans in the pipeline to complete the ISO 9001 accreditation. This will provide the quality systems that will provide the foundation to better customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement.
SNR concluded: “In conclusion VooServers have planned and implemented an effective ISMS and through ongoing continuous improvement they are tracking improvements (via their own CRM) to ensure a robust ISMS is in place. Their receptive commitment to continually improve was obvious throughout this audit.”
Year in Review 2016
Posted on December 30th, 2016
2016 has been an inspired year for VooServers. From launching a new Datacentre location in Los Angeles, USA to introducing a new GPU server range there have been many exciting developments for the team and of course our clients as well.
GPU Server Range:
VooServers recently introduced our off the shelf GPU server packages. These servers use cutting edge NVIDIA graphics cards featuring a wide variety of product lines such as GeForce, Tesla and GRID technologies. For those in architectural, rendering and design industries our GPU servers provide the horsepower you need to create multiple desktop environments without the need for dedicated GPU hardware for each user. GPU servers can also be used for multiple gaming implementations similar to NVIDIA’s own GRID system. Many of these cards provide increased computational processing power allowing applications to take the load off the processor providing significant performance boosts. It is for this reason that Dedicated GPU servers are being used within scientific field, for example Tesla cards can accelerate scientific computations significantly assisting scientists to replicate disease reproduction and accelerate the finding of new drugs to combat these diseases. The system is also helpful for imaging departments and other medical professions to get a clear picture inside the human body improving diagnoses. Bit-coin as well as many other mining based companies have been using GPU’s for the past few years as they provide faster mining than a CPU can offer. As well as off the shelf packages VooServers can also provide custom GPU server specifications for customers looking for specific setups. For more information on our GPU servers please see: https://www.vooservers.com/gpu-dedicated-servers/
VooServers had been keen to provide an additional datacentre location to its customer base for some time, however with the Brexit vote and uncertainties around repercussions of the result the project was put on hold. As the end of the year approached VooServers decided to execute our expansion plans by launching its 4th datacentre location in Los Angeles, California, USA with 100 servers initially installed. Having covered the East Coast for the past 3 years with our New York datacentre, this new location gives VooServers presence on the US west coast. This in turn means that the VooServers high availability and failover platform provides multi homed infrastructure with sub 30 second failover. These measures can be achieved within the same country for customers who wish to have their infrastructure based solely in the USA. Additionally the Los Angeles datacentre provides a more local service to those in Central/ South America/ Canada.
Coming up in 2017:
- In addition to the new datacentre in Los Angeles, our Frankfurt Datacentre has seen a huge increase in infrastructure compared to the beginning of the year.
- Kent Messenger released their top 30 Kent young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in March 2016, and the VooServers team were proud that our Technical Director, Matt Parkinson came in 11th place.
- VooServers received an award from the Kent Messenger in March, 2016 for its work and support for the KM Team Charity.
- Sam Tutt became the web strategist for the company upon completion of his Creative Pioneers apprenticeship in Digital Marketing, May 2016.
- Former Business Development Manager, Matthew Porter returned to the company as Sales and Marketing Manager, December 2016.
- In December 2016 VooServers expanded their office space to accompany the growing number of staff employed.
- Network expansion for our Global Infrastructure will result in enhanced features such as more point to point fibres going live.
- To give our customers enhanced control of their services we will be upgrading our customer portal which will include being able to monitor a number of new statistics. Users will also be able to use integrated KVM as well as having access to power controls.
VooServers would like to thank our customers for a fantastic and successful 2016. We also look forward to continuing to provide first class customer service as well as being consistently on the cutting edge with our product line and services well into the New Year and beyond. Be sure to follow the latest news at on VooServers the website, and for any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Time Web Strategist
Posted on May 18th, 2016
VooServers would like to congratulate our Web Strategist, Sam Tutt on completing his Creative Pioneers apprenticeship in Digital marketing. To celebrate his achievement, Sam and VooServers were invited to a graduation ceremony last Tuesday evening, the 10th May. At the event was the rest of the 2015 class for some networking along with a rewards ceremony to collect their certificates to confirm the completion of their apprenticeship. It was a great night in all and it was great to see so much young talent coming into the ever growing industry that Digital is.
Everyone here at VooServers wishes Sam the best in his future career, whether that be with us here at VooServers or else where further developing his career.
Here’s what our Technical Director, Matt Parkinson had to say:
“Sam joined us in January last year holding primarily foundation knowledge of web design and SEO. Over the past year he has worked hard to develop his skills and has been instrumental in the development of our company website with a noticeable growth in lead generation as a result.
Our apprenticeship program has been a key contributor to growth over the past few years with the majority of apprentices also being offered a full time position at the end of their training, Sam included. The key to success of any apprentice program is that it benefits both parties and both Sam and I would hopefully agree that this has been the case with his own apprenticeship with VooServers.”
Kent’s Top 30 Under 30
Posted on March 14th, 2016
Over the weekend Kent Messenger released their top 30 Kent young entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Each contendent was judged set on a guide, published by the KM Group, set by an independent panel of Kent-based judges selected from a wide variety of industries and young people’s organisations. Each entrant was judged on their achievements to date and their potential to change commerce in Kent as well as nationally.
In the list posted by the KM Business, Matt Parkinson, Technical Director of VooServers came in at a well deserved 11th place. Matt launched VooServers as a hobby whilst he was still in school just over 11 years ago, now the company is running from 3 datacentres around the world in Maidstone, Frankfurt and New York. We provide anything from Virtual Servers up to private Clouds for more than 2,000 customers from more than 70 countries. VooServers has carved a niche as an affordable solution for small businesses due to our philosophy: “not try to stretch their budgets without valid reason”.
Congratulations to Matt on being one of the top entrepreneurs in Kent and leaving such high expectations for other companies within the same niche.
To see the full list of entrepreneurs, follow the link to the Kent Messenger Website
2016 KM Partnership Awards
Posted on March 4th, 2016
On Friday 26th February the KM Charity Team commenced an annual awards ceremony in order to emphasise and show many businesses making a true difference to charity services across the whole of Kent. The awards ceremony took place at Hempstead House Hotel in Sittingbourne where the winners, out of fifty organisations, were granted awards warranted by their assistance to the KM Charity Team enabling them to deliver their vast amount of services to many good causes around the country.
Additionally to the annual awards ceremony the KM Charity Team last year managed to raise a total of £150,000 obtained from organising and running an extensive number of other fundraising events which include Charity walks, a bike ride and their most successful event the dragon boat race. Alongside these events the charity have also been in charge and hosted Four Big Quiz events staged in towns all over Kent like Maidstone and Medway which added an additional £30,000 to their total.
At the award ceremony businesses whom had helped the charity’s work received a KM Charity Team Partnership award. VooServers Technical Director Matt Parkinson was there to receive our KM Charity Team Partnership award with Bill Parkinson alongside.
There is a current Walk to School campaign which involves the projects Walk on Wednesday (WOW), Active Bug and Green Footsteps which will further demonstrate the positive impact the KM Charity Team has on many communities and charities.
Kent Cooks Competition Winners Announced
Posted on December 8th, 2015
VooServers are proud to announce that the winners of this year’s Kent Cooks competition have been announced. The best 13 entries out of 180 entries were all invited to East Kent College, Broadstairs to take part in a Masterchef-style cook-off. Isabella Lee, 15, from Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone was crowned the overall winner of the competition and did so by coming top out of the 180 entries. Her winning dish was a tasty simmered duck with seasonal vegetables followed by sticky toffee pudding.
The winners also include:
Tom and Jonny Eden, aged 9 and 7, from Sevenoaks Primary School took first place in the Family category, cooking their menu of ‘Moreish Meatloaf and Mash’ and a Kent apple pudding. The winner of the Primary School category, cooking a delicious ‘Kentish Keema Curry’, was Sofia Bishop, 9, from Culverstone Green Primary. The secondary school winner was Aaron Waller, 13, from John’s Catholic Comprehensive school winning his category with his own signature dish of ‘Forest of Kent’.
All the winners were awarded trophies, a share of the £500 prize pool as well as certificates and goody bags.
VooServers’ Bill Parkinson was overwhelmed with the high level of cooking and the effort that each contender went to. VooServers were proud to sponsor the event and would like to congratulate each winner as well as applaud them for their expert culinary skills.
You can find the Kent Messengers full report here as well as the Kent Messenger Charity Teams report here.
10 Years of VooServers
Posted on October 20th, 2015
Earlier this year we celebrated our 10 year anniversary, since our launch in March 2005 we have grown to be one of the most reliable and trusted providers not only in the UK but in Frankfurt and now New York. At the start we were just a part-time operation providing white box servers from a shared rack in a London datacentre to only a handful of clients, now are product portfolio has changed and we now have multiple racks in multiple datacentres around the world providing solutions to over 1800 clients. Below you will find a timeline of VooServers progress over the years with some of our key milestones.
16th March 2005
The idea of VooServers was conceived and www.vooservers.com was registered by our CEO and technical Director Matt Parkinson. With some primitive Photoshop skills we created our landing page and you must agree that it looks amazing.
20th October 2005
After a lot of hard work behind the scenes setting up the main foundations of the company the switch is made to VooServers Ltd, then on the 20th October marketing began
Our first order is received for a dedicated server which is installed at Redbus Sovereign House in Docklands
10th January 2006
Shortly after our first order we launched our first website, the template being bought off of eBay. One of the Servers being advertised is still, perhaps worryingly, in operation today!
After several months of steady growth, we moved into a quarter rack, half rack and then moved it all to BlueSquare in Maidenhead.
In November 2007 we splashed the cash and got a third party designer to redesign out website, as you may be able to tell
2 years later we got our first full rack in the newly opened SOTA DC in Sittingbourne
VooServers moves into it’s first proper office at the Maidstone Studios where we are still based today although in a much larger office
In September the same year we moved our entire operation to Custodian DC where we are still based today and rapidly expanding
We launched our Frankfurt point of presence in March 2013 at Global Switch
VooServers retrieves Trademark Status
Our latest logo was introduced in September 2013
In October 2013 we expanded our presence to New York City at 100 William Street just off of Wall Street
And in December 2014 we released the current version of our website
Kent Cooks Competition 2015
Posted on October 1st, 2015
We took time out recently to attend the relaunch of the KM Kent Cooks competition which is being held this Autumn.
VooServers is proud to support this competition which encourages children at primary and secondary schools as well as families to devise a healthy and nutritious meal.
Entrants initially are required to cook their creation, take a photo and upload it to kentcooks.co.uk.
Bill Parkinson from VooServers is shown in the video at the launch ceremony along with his fellow judges who will be selecting the finalists from the dishes submitted.
Bill said “today has been really exciting and I look forward to judging the creative meals that the contestants submit. Young people are more aware of the importance of healthy eating and I am sure that they will tempt us with healthy options and locally produced ingredients. We will be choosing the finalists who will then actually cook their meal for us to taste in a Masterchef – style event at East Kent College. My taste buds are already tingling!”
For more details of the competition visit kentcooks.co.uk.
VooServers Upgrades to Skype for Business
Posted on June 1st, 2015
VooServers have been deploying and maintaining phone systems based on Microsoft VOIP technology since Office Communications Server 2007 and we are now pleased to announce that our first customer upgrade from Lync 2013 to Skype for Business Server 2015 has been completed.
Skype for Business brings together the well-known VOIP brand of Skype with the advanced technology of Microsoft Lync to create a product which is being rated as one of the best PBX replacements on the market for enterprise communications.
Skype for Business introduces a change in the UI to the previous Lync 2013 clients to create a much more similar interface to that of Skype for Desktop which users have been using for personal communications for years. This on its own is driving user adoption and making communication processes in the workplace more seamless than ever before.
Here at VooServers we are excited about the changes and so are our clients with a number of upgrades scheduled over the coming weeks as well as a number of new deployments for companies looking to migrate away from their traditional phone systems to the more unified communications platform that Skype for Business offers.
If you are as excited as we are about Skype for Business then give us a call today on 0800 0803 200 and speak to one of our representatives about your communications requirements.
VooServers Sponsor Dragons
Posted on May 18th, 2015
VooServers are once again proud to support and sponsor the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club Dragon Boat Challenge in aid of Children’s Hospice Holidays and other Rotary supported charities.
On Sunday 24th May the annual Dragon Boat Challenge returns to Basin 2, St Mary’s Island, Chatham Maritime as 24 teams battle it out on the water. Racing 40 ft brightly coloured Chinese war canoes, teams of 16 paddlers and a drummer trying to keep them in time will race across the Basin against the clock. Each team will have 3 races to set the fastest time and qualify for the final race to decide the winner of the coveted trophy.
Rotarian Bill Parkinson, captain of the Steering Committee which has organised the racing, said “last year we had tremendous fun and raised over £5000 for charity and this year with even more boats entered we think that it will be even more successful. Racing starts at 11am and I would encourage everyone to come on down and watch this free event.”
Further details can be found at Medway Sunlight Rotary’s Website.