Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Best of British: NSSA makes Viglen only UK company on storage and servers contract

Viglen appointed to prestigious education supplier lists

Viglen, a leading British manufacturer and provider of IT solutions,
has become the first UK-based company to be appointed to a national
storage and servers framework suppliers contract.

The National Server and Storage Framework Agreement (NSSA) has
announced that the firm, chaired by Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar, is
among its list of companies which have been recommended to provide
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with a range of server and storage
products. Viglen was awarded two framework supply positions.

Viglen's place on the NSSA, which facilitates contracts worth around
£14m annually, takes immediate effect with the company having made both
the "Server Providers and Resellers" and the "Storage Providers and
Resellers" lists.

Viglen, which is based in Colney Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, now
becomes the first indigenous UK company to appear on both lists. Its
inclusion on the register was confirmed following a rigorous six month
evaluation for this national agreement.

Viglen's underlying value proposition - 'It's personal' - was thought
key to the success, with Intel, Hitachi Data Systems and Dot Hill all
nominating Viglen as their reseller for inclusion on the lists - so
much so that Viglen is the only company allowed to sell Hitachi
products to HEIs via the agreement.

Hitachi Data Systems, Managing Director, Steve Murphy, said: "Having
worked with Viglen for some time, we know that they share the same
values as us, in particular that of delivering customer satisfaction.
We were happy to recommend Viglen for the list and are delighted to see
their inclusion confirmed."

Intel UK and Ireland Country Manager, Graham Palmer, said: "Viglen is a
leading UK vendor for server and storage solutions, and their
successful appointment as a NSSA supplier should be seen as a vote of
confidence in those products."

Viglen Chief Executive, Bordan Tkachuk said: "Viglen shares a real
desire for excellence and in tailoring our technology to deliver
end-user ready equipment and we are delighted to be included on the
NSSA list. I am also pleased that, in addition to Viglen being selected
in its own right, Viglen was also chosen by three of its major vendors,
Intel, Hitachi Data Systems and Dot Hill, to represent their storage
products in the education market.

"It is a real endorsement of Viglen's strength and presence in this
education market, to be the only indigenous company to be awarded under
this framework contract. As a result, we have already started engaging
with new clients in higher education and providing them with server and
storage solutions that respond to their needs."

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