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LEEDS-based cloud computing expert virtualDCS has expanded its technical support team following a series of new business wins.

Ross Devine, 31, and 26-year-old Matt Livesey have both joined the company from recruitment business The Interim Register where they previously held the respective positions of head of IT and technical support engineer.

Their appointments follow a period of growth for virtualDCS which has seen it win new clients in the legal, financial, energy and recruitment sectors.

Commenting on the new hires, virtualDCS director Richard May, said: “Demand for our cloud hosting and disaster recovery services is increasing dramatically as more businesses become aware of the ease of using the technology and the benefits it brings in terms of reduced costs and enhanced IT availability.

“We have gained some significant new business wins over the past three months, and recruiting people of the calibre of Matt and Ross enables us to provide our clients with outstanding levels of customer care whilst we continue to expand.” 


DIGITAL Region has signed a new agreement with internet service provider ask4 that will allow it to offer super-fast broadband in South Yorkshire.

Ask4’s customers include business parks, homes and more than 50,000 students in halls of residences including 9,000 in Sheffield.

Digital Region chief executive David Carr said: “The Digital Region network is really starting to gain traction.

“Our mission is to support a programme of economic transformation in South Yorkshire by providing a communications network that is faster, more secure and more reliable than anywhere else in the country.

“To make this vision a reality, our ISP partners, like ask4, are working with the people of South Yorkshire to conceive, develop and deliver cutting edge services for consumers, businesses and a multitude of providers in social care, health and education.”

Digital Region is a company wholly owned by Yorkshire Forward charged with delivering a network that will see 97% of South Yorkshire able to access average speeds of 25Mbps.

Oliver Riddle, from ask4, said: “Once properties are enabled, students will have immediate access to super-fast broadband from the start of their house contract period.

“In Sheffield alone, ask4 has 9,000 enabled students rooms. A 98% uptake here demonstrates the ‘must have’ nature of this service for today’s students, and the advent of our super-fast broadband only serves to open up further possibilities.”


A NEW way that computers can link securely to other computers as well as to the internet has been developed and launched by a West Yorkshire IT business.

Exa Networks, based in Cottingley Business Park near Bingley, is hoping Exa Static 3G will be a hit with a range of organisations, particularly firms in the construction and security sectors, schools and other academic institutions.

Exa Static 3G is a SIM card which slots into a computer and has three capabilities – the first time all have been combined in one product, the company claims.

Exa Static 3G allows computers to work ‘remotely’ so they can access the internet without being connected by a phone or broadband line. It also enables wireless computers to connect into an organisation’s internal computer network and it ensures that material from the internet can be filtered.


NPEx, an innovative new national pathology service created by X-Lab Systems, a University of Leeds spin-out company, has launched.

Its creators have claimed the service could revolutionise the way in which NHS pathology laboratories operate.

The service has been launched for NHS pathology managers at Microsoft’s head offices in Reading.

NPEx, the National Pathology Exchange, connects NHS pathology laboratories to a national network enabling them to send and receive test requests and results electronically, providing a cost-effective and highly efficient service to patients and clinicians while at the same time eliminating a complex NHS paper trail.