Zynstra wins 2015 Infrastructure Innovation of the Year at the UK IT Industry Awards

Bath, United Kingdom – 23rd November 2015. Zynstra a provider of hybrid cloud solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), has been awarded the 2015 UK IT Industry Award for Infrastructure Innovation of the Year.

Zynstra beat off competition from nine other finalists, winning the award for its ability to deliver measurable customer benefits and for reinventing the way organisations buy and manage their IT infrastructure. Zynstra’s customers have seen improved efficiencies (reducing an IT team’s admin burden by over 90%), enabling the release of IT resources to focus on strategic projects rather than just ‘keeping the lights on‘ and travelling to remote offices to fix problems.

Nick East is presented with the UK IT Industry Awards Infrastructure Innovation of the Year Award

The BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. This year’s Awards featured 25 categories which covered: project, organisation, technology and individual excellence. The categories were open to organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors.

Nick East, the CEO and co-founder of Zynstra said:
“Zynstra is rapidly gaining momentum, challenging the status quo by reinventing the way SMBs buy and manage their server based IT infrastructure in a cloud connected world. We’re making it secure, reliable and affordable, using our unique virtualization and cloud management technology. To be recognised as leaders in innovation by Computing and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, demonstrates the phenomenal technical depth and maturity of our technology, and validates our mission to make IT a source of competitive advantage for SMBs.”

Paul Fletcher, Group CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and those who were highly commended in our UK IT Industry 2015 Awards. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is here to make IT good for society. The Awards are a major part of this, demonstrating how excellence is being achieved across the IT profession. This year the calibre of applications we received was outstanding, but the winners stood out as exceptional and inspiring, and they should be very proud of their success.”

Stuart Sumner Editor of Computing commented: “Well done to all the winners and those who were highly commended on their achievements. The UK IT Industry Awards are rigorously judged by a panel of experts, which truly celebrate professionalism and innovation in IT today. Every winner and runner up represents the very best of the IT profession.”

The company has also received nominations for the CRN Channel Awards, in the Cloud Services Vendor of the Year category and the TechCities Award for Bristol & Bath.

Zynstra delivers unique patent pending software to offer the best of ‘Cloud Computing’ with the best of secure local IT, and ensures customers have a reliable infrastructure wherever they are. A monthly subscription provides access to the IT businesses need without expensive capital expenditure – just like paying for a mobile phone.

Zynstra is backed by Octopus Investments, one of the United Kingdom’s leading investors in fast-growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.


About Zynstra:
Zynstra is a provider of hybrid cloud solutions that enable SMBs to benefit from the security and performance of local IT combined with the economics and ease of the cloud. Headquartered in Bath, UK, Zynstra has developed patent-pending technology that gives SMBs hassle-free, enterprise-level IT with built-in reliability they can afford.

Zynstra is backed by Octopus Investments, one of the UK’s leading investors in fast growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.

Susannah Wyeth
Atomic PR
+44 (0)20 7478 7801

Broadband Forum brings Fiber closer to home

November 23, 2015, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Bringing optical fiber speeds and applications to customers around the world became significantly more achievable for service providers this week, as the Broadband Forum completed innovative work on the management of Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp).

Managing fiber-fed nodes in the periphery of the access network using advanced software-based techniques not only opens the way to ultrafast broadband services but also provides further stimulus for developing technologies such as G.fast – which achieves fiber-like speeds over shorter distances for customers connected by copper cables.

At the Broadband Forum’s quarterly meeting in Mexico, the first gathering of the Forum since the highly successful launch of its Broadband 20/20 vision, it was agreed that the FTTdp YANG management model was ready for release exclusively to members for testing in network equipment. This is the Forum’s first software project written in the YANG modelling language.

“This is great news for our members whether they be service providers, vendors or test houses,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. “By adopting YANG modelling we are in the process of moving the management of FTTdp from the drawing board into the network, helping to drive open interoperability between different devices. This means service providers can offer competitive ultrafast services such as G.fast.”

G.fast is an area of considerable activity within the Forum. Next in the series of plug-fests, the Forum’s approved test house University of New Hampshire Interoperability Labs (UNH-IOL) will stage the latest G.fast plug-fest – paving the way to the industry’s first certifications.

At the Forum’s meeting in Mexico, one of the leading lights in G.fast development, Board Member Les Brown, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award, only presented to individuals who have provided a major influence on the direction and success of broadband development. As Director of Access Standards for Huawei, Brown has more than 34 years of experience in wireline data communications technologies.

“The success of the Forum in accelerating broadband innovation would not be possible if it weren’t for the expertise and energy of its members,” said Kevin Foster, Chairman of the Broadband Forum. “When the Broadband Forum started there were less than a million broadband connections and now there are more than 750 million. This is an extraordinary achievement and one that would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our members, like Les, on our various projects.”

The Forum’s Broadband 20/20 vision, leveraging the innovative use of NFV, SDN, ultrafast access, Internet of Things (IoT) and, when formally defined, 5G, in the home, small business and multiuser infrastructure of the broadband network, was launched globally only last month.

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