Silverstone Grand Prix

I was recently fortunate enough to be invited as a VIP guest of our business partner EMC and Team Lotus to attend the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. After getting out of bed at 4.45am, an ungodly hour especially for a Sunday, I made my way to the event in order to get there for 7am, so I could immerse myself in the full Formula 1 experience.

My access all areas pass

My access all areas pass

Ian Parslow and Craig Russell were also invited, but I can’t say for sure that I saw them there at 7am or even 8am for that matter…probably arriving at 8:30am.

As the day got underway, I got called away from all the excitement to go and rescue two executives from Telefonica and Visa International who had forgotten to pick up their passes and were stuck in the Paddock car park. I was lucky enough to have been given an access all areas gold pass, so naturally, I was elected to get these two back into the Paddock Club at the Lotus hospitality suite. It didn’t take long before they were back where they belonged – some twenty minutes later. Sometimes it helps to have an operational outlook in other areas of life!

Team Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado

The fun started when I was fortunate enough to meet ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Pastor Maldonado, one of the Team Lotus drivers, who was kind enough to sign a mini Team Lotus helmet for me and get a picture taken with him. This was all facilitated by a lovely lady called Beth O’Neill, who is the hospitality events manager for Logan Sports Marketing, which supports EMC in these sorts of events. Beth and Logan Sports Marketing, which looks after EMC with their sponsorship of events, from rugby through to sailing, were fantastic hosts during the day, letting us meet some of the drivers and get down in the paddocks during the race.

Following a super lunch and as a special VIP treat we were escorted down behind the scenes by Aimelia Herbert (Johnny Herbert’s daughter) giving us access right into the to the Team Lotus garage area where the real action happens, where we were able to watch the technical teams behind the race work (listening in to the radio as the cars zipped around, and watching while electronic adjustments were being made to the cars as they raced).

Aimelia Herbert and I

Aimelia Herbert and I

Ian Parslow, Craig Russell and Phil Cook also had a great time, and got to experience the action first hand. You can see a picture of us all alongside some of the Team Lotus memorabilia.

Ian Parslow, Phil Cook, Craig Russell and I

I would like to say a big thank you to all the EMC executive management for inviting us out to such an exciting VIP event, in particular Jonathan Martin, SVP, CMO for EMC, for setting up the day & hosting us and converting a Formula 1 novice, such as myself, into a die-hard fan.

MTI hosts EMC VNX launch event at Chelsea FC

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This week MTI hosted an event to introduce our customers and partners to the benefits of EMC’s new VNX series, as described in my previous blog from Milan earlier this month. My colleague Tony Conway, our Vice President Customer Services, attended the event so I invited him to write a guest blog. Over to Tony…

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Tony Conway guest blogs for KC in Conversation

Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium was the venue of the MTI Speed2Lead event on Tuesday (September 24), which provided our customers with further insight into EMC‘s recently refreshed VNX series.

The event saw our technical experts Steve Wiggs and Andy Dean discuss the ins and outs of the benefits of the new storage offerings. We then received an EMC perspective on the future of backup from Mark Galpin, EMC’s EMEA Product Marketing Manager, and insight into the bespoke Managed Service wrap that MTI provides to the new EMC portfolio from our own Rob Buckton. Following the informative introductions we were treated to a special tour of the fantastic facilities available to Chelsea’s footballers.

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A packed crowd soaks in Steve Wiggs’ introduction to EMC’s VNX refresh

From our day-to-day conversations with customers it’s clear that they are being asked, or rather told, to increasingly do more with less. They are having to increase revenues, lower operational costs and reduce risks – all meaning they need to be more agile in how they manage their IT infrastructures. Throw into the mix the fact that speed of business and data growth are rising exponentially, and it’s clear that businesses need some assistance to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

EMC’s new VNX range provides this helping hand, with a whole host of advanced features that really blow the storage industry out of the water. We can now offer customers up to four times higher levels of performance, 60% less latency and block deduplication, in addition to file deduplication. The very pinnacle of the new product range, the VNX 8000, is capable of running between 6,000 and 8,000 Virtual Machines, can be fitted with up to 1,500 4TB drives and boasts the capacity to do an impressive 1 million IOPS.

Virtualisation, and more specifically cloud technology, is transforming the way that IT works, and IT providers now need to be proactive and innovative to best utilise this technology.

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The Chelsea FC home changing room

In partnership with EMC we now offer our customers the extra horsepower, enhanced protection of data and, possibly most importantly, greater flexibility to take their IT to the next level.

To learn more about the new EMC VNX range, what this means for the future of IT infrastructures, and how we can benefit your business, visit http://mti.com/solutions/emc-vnx-series or give us a call on 01483 520200.

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MTI attends EMC Speed2Lead Launch

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As EMC’s largest European partner, MTI was proud to be one of twelve worldwide partners invited to attend the launch of its Speed2Lead campaign in Milan on Wednesday (September 4).

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The entrance to EMC’s Speed2Lead launch

Anyone in and around the storage industry who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last few days will have heard all about the announcements. The launch event itself caused quite a stir, with fireworks marking the unveiling, a 24-hour live online broadcast complete with TV anchors and roaming reporters, and Lotus F1 cars taking pride of place in an EMC museum.

But looking under the bonnet of the launch frivolities, EMC announced the next generation of its VNX series and the imminent arrival of ViPR software-defined storage platform. EMC also took the wraps off “Project Nile,” the first complete web-scale storage infrastructure for the data centre.

But the biggest buzz at the event was around the new VNX refresh, which EMC promises will “shatter the definition and economics of midrange storage.” This is a major step forward and one that we at MTI are excited to be a part of. It means we can offer our customers the latest products that give them the speed they need to lead their IT transformation.

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Here I am at the event with EMC’s Stella Low and Matthew Buckley

A personal highlight of the event was the chance to get behind the wheel of a Lotus F1 simulator around the Monza GP Track. And I must have a Need for Speed somewhere within me as I managed to top the leaderboard throughout the course of the launch event.

Following the excitement of the launch, we were treated to a fabulous meal at the famous Bulgari restaurant in downtown Milan, hosted by Gregg Ambulos, Senior Vice President, Global Channel Sales at EMC, who thanked us for our continued loyalty to EMC.

We look forward to working closely with EMC to help our customers to really take advantage of this new range of products.

To learn more about the EMC and MTI partnership, join us at our Speed2Lead mega launch event on Tuesday 24th September, at Chelsea Football Club. The event will break down what the EMC announcements mean for the industry and how they can benefit your business. We look forward to seeing you there.

MTI recognised in EMC and Cisco awards

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The MTI team celebrates picking up EMC’s Best VSPEX Partner award in Las Vegas. From left to right:Paul Burdett, Alasdair Young, Andy Dean, Stefan Fehr, Ian Parslow, Steve Wiggs, Juergen Peter and Peter Bilicki

I’m delighted to report that MTI was named ‘Best VSPEX Partner of the Year’ at the 2013 EMC EMEA Velocity Solution Provider Breakout, which took place during EMC’s Global Partner Summit at EMC World in Las Vegas this week.

The awards recognise EMC Velocity Solution Provider Partners that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by exceeding business and sales goals, expanding across new and existing markets and providing superior customer support.

We are committed to helping organisations across EMEA transform their IT infrastructures, supporting their unique business needs and improving efficiency. EMC’s technologies are a key part of our solution offering, so it’s fantastic to see our VSPEX expertise and ongoing dedication to meeting customers’ requirements recognised and rewarded by EMC.

Elsewhere, MTI has also been named Cisco’s Data Centre Partner of the Year for Scotland. We picked up the award at Cisco Scotland’s flagship partner event – Cisco Scotland Partner Forum 2013 in Dunblane. Cisco said MTI has really driven opportunities in a relatively new market for them.

Both these awards confirm the high regard in which we are held by our closest partners. Onwards and upwards!

MTI VSPEX events kick off in London

The first of our two Morning at the Museum events exploring the wonders of MTI VSPEX took place on Thursday (March 14) at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London.

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The first VSPEX event in action at London Transport Museum

The event saw our infrastructure experts provide a whole host of insight into the complexities of VSPEX, how to simplify and automate IT systems and advice on how to speed up cloud computing processes.

It also provided an opportunity for attendees to pick the brains of experts from Cisco, VMWare and EMC – solutions from whom are all seamlessly combined in MTI’s VSPEX infrastructures.

If you’re looking for ways to improve and modernise your technology setup and make cost-savings in your IT infrastructure, then don’t worry – there’s still another chance to learn how. We have another event at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, from 9.30am on Thursday (March 21).

If you want to attend this informative event then simply register here. We look forward to seeing you there.

Secure Operations Centre officially opened: MTI’s Managed Services offerings enhanced

I am delighted to report that last week saw the official launch of our new Secure Operations Centre at MTI’s UK HQ in Godalming. With this comes new service offerings as a further enhancement in our ability to deliver Managed Services globally. MTI is supplying and supporting the full EMC product range alongside Legato Networker helpdesk. We are taking action to facilitate the growing demand for Managed Services and this new purpose-built bespoke centre really signals our intent to become the UK’s leading provider.

Pictured right our Managed Services Director Simon Walters, and left Tony Conway, Vice President Customer Services

Pictured right our Managed Services Director Simon Walters, and left Tony Conway, Vice President Customer Services

We are now looking forward to making full use of the SOC to continue delivering excellence in Managed Services to new and existing customers.

You can find out more about our Managed Services offerings here.

Morning at the Museum with MTI

At MTI we’re always looking for ways to communicate the potential for IT decision makers to modernise and improve their business’s technology setup and make cost-savings. We often find the most effective way to do that is face-to-face, so we’re running two events in March designed to give you the chance to meet our experts to discover the wonders of MTI VSPEX.

By coming along you’ll discover how MTI can simplify and automate your IT and speed up your journey to cloud computing. You’ll also get the chance to pick the brains of experts from Cisco, VMware and EMC, as well as our own boffins. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn which VSPEX setup best suits your business.Image

The first talk will take place in the London Transport Museum on March 14 (register here) and the second will be held in the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester on March 21 (register here). Being at either event will also give you access to the excellent museums, and we’ll be serving up early-morning coffees and brunch. We look forward to seeing you there.