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Government suppliers face greater scrutiny

Pressure placed on public sector contractors to maintain a high level of performance indicates the high stakes of being a Government supplier

(PresseBox) (Derby, ) Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, will warn IT suppliers today that spending controls will be a "permanent way of life" and that poorly performing companies will find it difficult to win new government contracts.

In a move to streamline the public sector, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced the meeting with the top 22 public sector suppliers to outline the new drive to streamline and record the contractor's performance. Those that fail to hit the required level of performance will be banned from supplying to the Government.

According to Andrew Gilbert, Managing Director at data centre and communications company Node4, the Government still needs to focus its efforts on delivering a cost effective service that continues to address the growing number of security concerns.

He said, "The government needs to embrace the fact that there are many high quality suppliers out there who have the ability to provide services which are a far better value for money proposition for tax payers. The Government needs to diversify its supply chain and consider companies who have strong proven track records and operate from a much more competitive cost base."

Andrew continued, "In these austere times, small and medium sized enterprises have greater agility to deliver specialist services such as cloud computing, at more flexible price points without dangerous compromises that could leave highly sensitive data exposed to exploitation."

Node4 Ltd

Node4 is a specialist in data centre and communications solutions. Launched in 2004, the company has grown rapidly in the past eight years through its comprehensive service offering and the growth in demand for hosted IT from businesses all over the UK. Its competencies include cloud services, colocation, managed hosting through dedicated servers and virtualised environments, connectivity, SIP trunking and hosted telephony. It has four state-of-the-art data centre facilities, two located in Derby and one in Leeds and one in Northampton, which offer the latest in security technology, ensuring that even the most mission-critical applications are hosted securely and protected.

The company aims to be one of the UK's major forces for colocation services in the UK and to this end, provides the highest levels of performance and system availability to its customers throughout the UK. Its cloud service, n4Cloud, is a high quality, high specification infrastructure that utilises Node4's network of data centres to offer businesses the ultimate in flexibility by allowing them to build their own cloud-based solution using a 'pick and mix' approach. The n4Cloud can be part of a hybrid cloud, and businesses can keep specifically sensitive information on their own private infrastructure if they wish to do so.

Node4 featured in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in both 2010 and 2011 and won 1st place for fastest growing Midlands Technology Company in the Deloitte Fast50 and 22nd in the UK. The company also featured in prominent positions in the Deloitte Fast 500 in 2010 and 2011, which recognises fastest-growing technology companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Node4's Managing Director, Andrew Gilbert, was named European Data Centre Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 and Ernst & Young North and Midlands Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. Node4 is a Microsoft Silver Hosting Certified Partner, a Cisco Premier Certified Partner and also won the prestigious Cisco Innovation Award of the Year for the UK and Ireland.

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