(Gawkwire) – Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, announced this morning that it has earned two Cloud Specialty designations from IBM. IBM’s Cloud Specialty designations provide a way to identify and honor those solution providers that have proven their competency with IBM solutions in cloud environments.

IBM’s Cloud Specialty program has a total of five designations which solution providers can work to attain. To be named a Cloud Specialty provider in any one of these areas, solution providers must take part in a stringent process that proves their capability in the designated area. Logicalis is proud to have achieved recognition in both the Cloud Builder and Cloud Infrastructure solution areas of IBM’s Cloud Specialty program. It is rare that a solution provider qualifies for more than one distinction simultaneously, which makes this announcement of great importance and interest to Logicalis and its cloud customers.

Cloud Builders engage in consultative and solution selling of multiple IBM offerings, providing the services and solutions necessary to help customers design and implement a private cloud infrastructure in their own data center environment. Cloud Infrastructure providers operate a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) – a managed public cloud – on behalf of their customers. Logicalis is uniquely positioned to offer both of these solutions.

“Logicalis is proud to have earned these prestigious distinctions from IBM, both of which are benchmarks that give customers a sense of satisfaction that Logicalis has proven its expertise using IBM solutions to design and implement private cloud solutions for our clients as well as to provide a managed cloud solution on their behalf,” says John Iffert, vice president, IBM Solutions, for Logicalis. “We are proud of these achievements which will undoubtedly serve as a tool by which both current and prospective clients can gauge Logicalis’ expertise in the cloud market.”

Total Safety is a Logicalis cloud client that had a disaster recovery site project to implement. “Knowing that Logicalis has the capability to help us with a private cloud for a timely, reliable failover meant we could depend on one company to provide the solution and it gave us a comfort level that the solution they provided would be tailored to our exact needs,” says Kevin Croteau, technical operations manager for Total Safety. “That’s exactly what happened: Logicalis designed the perfect cloud solution for us based on our project’s requirements and budget for an iSeries and BladeCenter-based VMware environment, and gave us a plan for future growth that makes smart business sense.”

“We are seeing more and more small to medium-sized businesses quickly moving their core business applications such as CRM, payroll, accounting and Web conferencing to the cloud to reduce costs and boost productivity," says Andy Monshaw, general manager, IBM Midmarket Business. "IBM is committed to the success of SMBs by providing key technologies such as cloud to help grow their businesses in today’s economy with our business partners such as Logicalis leading the way."

About IBM Cloud Computing:

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about IBM cloud solutions, visit http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/cloud/

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration; data center; and professional and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com.

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