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CCL launches new service powered by Microsoft Azure

By | General News

CCL is pleased to announce a new enhancement to our Internet platform that ensures optimal transport for users connecting to Microsoft public services, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams and other SaaS-based services running on Microsoft Azure.

Many businesses around the world consider Microsoft’s SaaS product suite critical for productivity, collaboration, and administration. Given the importance of these tools, it is crucial to ensure that connectivity to the cloud is delivered to businesses in the most optimal way.

Using the Microsoft Azure Peering Service, CCL has set up diverse, dedicated connections to Microsoft that feed directly into our Internet platform.  Azure Peering Service is a collaboration with service providers to provide highly reliable and optimised internet connectivity to Microsoft services.  It also provides Internet latency telemetry and route monitoring, and alerting against hijacks, leaks and any other Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) misconfigurations.

This will benefit all clients consuming business Internet services from CCL, with customer traffic to/from SaaS services such as Office 365 connecting to Microsoft’s global network at the nearest location. Furthermore, prefixes advertised from CCL over the peering service will be assigned a higher local preference over the Microsoft network, ensuring the best possible network performance for SaaS applications.

As an optional add-on, business Internet customers can subscribe to Telemetry services via the Azure Portal.  This service will provide insight into performance, route monitoring, hijacks and leaks, and other statistics around first-mile, last-mile Internet services.

Note: Peering service is NOT a private connectivity product to Microsoft’s cloud services, neither is it an Express Route or VPN product – it is an IP service that uses the Public Internet, and offers optimised and reliable routing to public IPs or SaaS services such as Office 365.

To enquire about CCL’s Internet services, please contact your local CCL office.

CCL entrepreneurship and mid-market prowess recognised at Reseller News Innovation Awards

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CCL took home two gongs at the 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards, held last week at Auckland’s Cordis Hotel.

In front of 480 attendees representing New Zealand’s channel community, CCL client relationship manager Karl Moore was recognised for his continued success delivering customer focused outcomes using Dell technology, taking home the sales excellence award.

Moore was instrumental to Dell’s growing local revenue, which has increased by more than 20 per cent year-on-year over the past four years. He has also played a central role in CCL’s technical enablement.

For the third year running, CCL scooped the mid-market award, which recognises enterprise providers for their customer value and successes.

Richard Hansen, CCL’s Director Enterprise Sourcing, said he was stoked to beat out impressive competitors. “With so many deserving nominees I’m incredibly proud of the team for taking home the mid-market award. And special kudos to now official sales champion, Karl Moore. He just keeps on delivering.”

Josh Penfold, CCL’s head of infrastructure, was a finalist for the management excellence award.

CCL appoints Mike Manson – Head of Public Cloud Practice

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Mike Manson has been appointed Head of Public Cloud Practice, adding muscle to CCL’s public cloud business unit following accreditations from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google earlier this year.

Christchurch-based Manson, formerly the company’s Transitions Manager, previously worked at cloud provider Umbrellar. His 20-plus year career in IT covers both technical and business facing roles, from systems engineering and operations to service delivery and transformation.

Manson spearheads CCL’s freshly aligned public cloud practice, following the company’s merger with Revera announced in February this year.

The company’s new-look practice now comprises 80-plus architects and engineers, forming the engine-room driving the company’s growing public cloud footprint.

CEO Andrew Allan said Manson’s appointment added vital horsepower to the CCL client experience in the pubic cloud.

“Universally, enterprises are re-thinking how they put their data to work – and invariably all signs point to the cloud,” he said. “However, everyone has their own starting point. At one extreme you have organisations looking to unbundle legacy infrastructure and add agility layers before sizing up migration. And at the other end you have enterprises who have already lifted big chunks of their digital estates into the cloud.”

“Regardless, operating in the cloud requires a broad set of skills and experience. There are many moving parts and levers to pull to maximise the potential of cloud,” said Allan. “It keeps changing and regenerating, and new services abound. So, it’s one thing to buy cloud services from the likes of AWS and Azure, but quite another to keep everything running and optimised.”

In April this year Spark-owned CCL launched a Microsoft M365 Fast Track service, signing up over 100 clients to Microsoft-funded training and support to take advantage of the full M365 public cloud portfolio.

Good questions, better answers

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News and developments from Spark-sponsored Lightning Lab GovTech

Lightening Lab GovTech is a Spark-sponsored accelerator programme for public sector agencies to build, test, and validate new approaches and technologies for government. Ten teams are working side-by-side in the Lightning Lab facility over three months, before lifting the lid on their handiwork at a demo day showcase event on 5 November.

Stuart Van Rij coached teams participating in this year’s edition of Lightning Lab GovTech – Van Rij, a coach with the Camp Negotiation Institute, says the science of a good question involves knowing your mission and purpose – you’ve got to know why you’re asking the question and what you aim to find.

Ten teams have been working side-by-side in the Lightning Lab facility and will lift the lid on their handiwork at a demo day showcase event on 5 November.

Maggie Ford, a member of the Department of Conservation’s team exploring improvements to waste management practices at DOC sites, put the theory to test in a problem discovery sprint – a process designed to pinpoint the nature of problems and how they map to opportunities.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and CCL Together with Revera is focusing on the Five Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active and Give. There is a lot happening this week, starting off with a wee treat on everyone’s desk encouraging team members to take a break and focus on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Explore your way to wellbeing – Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora.