Archive for March, 2013

BETT Prize Winners Announced

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

At BETT both Net-Ctrl and CNS ran a competition. Every person that spoke to a member of our teams on the day would be entered into a prize draw for a wide range of prizes from tablets, to drink coolers.

Since BETT it has been incredibly manic in the office, and until yesterday we hadn’t had a chance to conduct the prize draw.

All the names were entered into a box, and the winners chosen at random, so finally I can announce the prize winners and their prizes as:

– iPad Mini – Brian Chivers at Portsmouth College

– Nexus 7 – John Burrisson at Birchwood High School

– Kindle Fire HD – David Oakes at Chorlton High School

– Star Wars Alarm Clock – Richard Harris at Farringtons School

– RC Gyro Apache Helicopter – Thomas Swaby at The Priory Academies

– Drink Cooler – Keith Knapman at Harlow College

– Sennheiser Headphones – Joe Glazebrook at St Leonards Mayfield School

– Mario Desktop Racing – Dan Bates at Bourne Grammar School

– American Candy Selection Box – Steve Ford at Helsby High School

– Ultimate Binoculars – Gareth Williams at Bethany School

Congratulations to all the winners from Net-Ctrl and CNS, and thank you all for taking the time to speak with us at BETT.

Overland Storage Wins ‘Hardware Product of the Year’ at Network Computing Awards

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

SnapServer DX Series Tops Competition as Best Hardware of 2013

Overland Storage, the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle, announced that its SnapServer DX Series NAS storage arrays has won ‘Hardware Product of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at the 2013 Network Computing Awards. In addition, the SnapScale X2 clustered scale-out NAS solution was a finalist in the ‘New Product of the Year’ category.

The Network Computing Awards are based on votes from readers of Network Computing Magazine and are intended to give industry-wide recognition to the technology, tools, solutions and products at the forefront of the evolving technology market. The awards were presented at a ceremony on 14 March at Hotel Russell, London.

“We are excited that the SnapServer DX Series was awarded this recognition for the second year running,” said Joe Disher, Director of Product Marketing for Disk Based Products, Overland Storage. “Now scalable up to 384TB, and with support for 10GbE networking and SSD drives, the SnapServer DX Series with DynamicRAID is the most flexible and highly scalable network attached storage in it’s class.”

The SnapServer DX Series is a unified NAS and iSCSI SAN device that leverages the company’s DynamicRAID technology to completely eliminate the need to provision storage capacity. Expandable to 384TB and featuring an array of integrated enterprise-class features including snapshots, replication and remote management, the SnapServer DX Series enables storage environments to effortlessly scale without downtime while ensuring maximum data protection. Offering unprecedented flexibility, the SnapServer DX Series is the ideal solution for applications from virtualized server, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQL environments to digital imaging, web services, storage consolidation and backup.

Please click here to see the original article from Overland Storage, if you would like to speak to a storage professional contact Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email

Join the Net-Ctrl Team

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Net-Ctrl seek two well-motivated and professionally minded people to join our sales team.

Net-Ctrl sells amongst other IT Security Solutions wireless networking, internet and network security in to schools, councils and industry.

Job Description

Internal Sales Support

In this role you will be working alongside our established Internal and External sales people producing quotations and liaising with customers and suppliers. The job is office based, full time preferably, 9am to 5pm. Salary is commensurate with experience and industry knowledge.

Sales experience is not as important as being able to work well with other people often under pressure of deadline. Accuracy in numeracy and written English is also important but this in no way excludes foreign applicants.

The successful candidate will be expected to use Sage for raising quotations, MS Word, Excel and Outlook for email and calendar.

OTE year one: £15-£18,000

External Sales Executive

The candidate will have a proven track record in selling IT products or services in to the private or public sectors, business to business. He or she will be able to explain how they went about finding prospects, closing business and developing their clients.

The role will include finding one’s own leads from telesales activity, often in conjunction with suppliers and vendors. Liaising with our in-house marketing people will keep the sales person with a steady supply of organisations to call. Account management is key to the success of Net-Ctrl so nurturing clients over time is a must.

The head office is in Ipswich. We would expect the successful candidate to be in the office around once a week and live within an hour journey time of the office.

Principal products will include Firewalls, Mobile Working, Wireless and Wired Infrastructure.

OTE year one: £TBD


If you are interested in either of these job roles or have any questions please email with your CV, please specify the role you’re applying for and why you think you are ideal for it.

SafeNet Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for User Authentication

Friday, March 15th, 2013

SafeNet Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for Second Consecutive Year

SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in data protection, today announced that the company has been evaluated and positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 “Magic Quadrant for User Authentication report.” The report evaluates SafeNet’s Fully Trusted Authentication Solutions, which allow organizations to protect identities and transactions across an evolving landscape, including cloud, virtual and mobile environments.

SafeNet was designated as ‘a Leader’ by Gartner Inc. for the second consecutive year. According to Gartner, ‘Leaders’ in this Magic Quadrant are vendors with a solid track record and, typically, a significant presence in the market. They have a clearly articulated vision that is in line with the market trends and their vision is typically backed by solid technical innovation as well as an understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Nexus of Forces. The ‘Leaders’ business strategy and execution are very sound and vendors in this quadrant can provide a strong solution for enterprises in different vertical industries across one or many use cases, typically including emerging needs pertaining to cloud and mobile.

“Significant shifts in the IT landscape have forced a tidal wave of change in Authentication and SafeNet has been at the forefront of that change”, stated Andrew Young, Vice President of Product Management and Authentication, SafeNet. “During the past year, we further advanced our leadership position through our increased investments in next generation solutions for cloud and contextual risk based authentication. As a result, SafeNet is one of the only companies that can provide customers with a cloud based platform that can scale with their business, generate operating efficiencies and secure sensitive data in traditional, social, cloud and mobile environments. We are honoured that Gartner continues to recognize us, which we believe is for the strength and innovation of our authentication solutions.”

Gartner expects further growth in cloud-based user authentication services among enterprises as multitenanted cloud-based services mature, and as cloud computing becomes more widely adopted as a way of delivering business applications and services generally. Gartner predicts that, by 2017, more than 50% of enterprises will choose cloud-based services as the delivery option for new or refreshed user authentication implementations — up from less than 10% today.

SafeNet is already well established as an industry leading authentication solutions provider, with one of the strongest positions in the enterprise user authentication market. SafeNet further built upon this leadership position with the recent launch of SafeNet Authentication Service, which provides customers with a fully automated cloud-based offering which streamlines authentication workflows and significantly reduces administration overhead. With no infrastructure required, this powerful combination provides customers with highly secure authentication, fast and seamless migration to cloud environments, reduced costs and the ability to secure their most sensitive data across users, applications and environments.

The full 2012 Gartner User Authentication Magic Quadrant, report can be viewed at

Original article from SafeNet can be viewed here.

Swivel Secure Honoured with Global Excellence Awards

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Swivel Secure has been honoured as a Gold winner in the 9th Annual 2013 Security Industry’s Global Excellence Award in Innovation in Cloud Security and Bronze Winner for the award in Authentication Solution (Multi, Single or Two-Factor)

Swivel Secure has announced that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named Swivel Secure as a Gold winner of the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in Innovation in Cloud Security and Bronze winner in Authentication Solution (Multi, Single or Two-Factor). The security industry celebrated its 9th Annual 2013 Global Excellence Awards in San Francisco by honouring excellence in every facet of the industry including products, people behind the successes and best companies.

More than 50 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2013 Global Excellence Awards Finalists and Winners. Winners were announced during the awards dinner and presentation on February 27, 2013 in San Francisco attended by the finalists, judges and industry peers.

The Swivel authentication platform was first launched in 2003. It is now used by major global enterprises, local government, the NHS and hundreds of smaller business, in over 35 countries, to remotely access their business networks, virtual desktops and Cloud-based applications. Offering the widest range of user deployment options according to Gartner, the leading IT industry analysts, the Swivel platform offers the choice of mobile apps, SMS and interactive voice response channels when full two-factor authentication is mandatory.

“This is fantastic news, the Info Security Products Guide’s recognition of Swivel further validates our product and Swivel Secure as a pioneer in tokenless authentication” say Chris Russell, VP Technology

“This is a major endorsement to the fact that Swivel is still ahead of the curve when it comes to the best-of-the-best products that can provide the highest security within the tokenless authentication market space.”

Click here to read the full press release from Swivel Secure, alternatively you can contact Net-Ctrl directly and find out more information about the Swivel solutions by emailing or by calling us on 01473 281 211.

Juniper Networks Solutions Announced as Winners of Best Cloud Computing Security and Best Ipsec/SSL VPN

Friday, March 1st, 2013


SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – Feb 27, 2013) – RSA® CONFERENCE 2013 -Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, has been selected as the Reader Trust Award winner in the Best Cloud Computing Security and Best IPsec/SSL VPN categories of the 2013 SC Awards. Juniper Networks® vGW Virtual Gateway and Juniper Networks MAG Series Junos(R) Pulse Gateways have been chosen as two of the information security industry’s most effective solutions, addressing the biggest security challenges facing organizations. The announcement was made on February 26, 2013 at the SC Awards Gala.

“We’re honored to receive these awards from SC Magazine readers as further proof that our market-leading SSL VPN and cloud computing security solutions are serving our customers’ needs,” said Michael Callahan, vice president of product marketing, Security Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

Hundreds of vendors who offer a product for the commercial, government, educational, nonprofit or other industries entered the Reader Trust Award category. Juniper Networks vGW Virtual Gateway and Juniper Networks MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways were selected by a panel representing a cross-section of SC Magazinereadership, comprised of large, medium and small enterprises from all major vertical markets, including financial services, health care, government, retail, education and other sectors.

“These are two of the most watched award categories, as winners have to demonstrate a combination of functionality, manageability, ease of-use and scalability, as well as exemplary customer service and support to secure the vote of our readers,” said Illena Armstrong, vice president of editorial, SC Magazine. “Congratulations to Juniper Networks for representing industry leadership, not only to the SC Magazine editors but also to our readers.”

Read the full press release from Juniper Networks, or find out more information on the MAG series and vGW Virtual Gateway by contacting Net-Ctrl direct on 01473 281 211, or by emailing us at .