EMS Cortex scores UK deal

Solution 1 will use EMS Cortex to manage its Microsoft-hosted applications

Software provisioning vendor EMS Cortex has signed a deal in the UK with voice and data services hosting company Solution 1.

Solution 1 will use EMS Cortex to manage its Microsoft-hosted applications, including Exchange and Sharepoint, as well as Blackberry applications.

EMS Cortex general manager Colin Williams says the latest sale follows a surge in demand largely driven by the trend among organisations of all sizes to move to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for core applications such as Exchange, Sharepoint and Citrix.

This demand has seen EMS Cortex increase its customer numbers by more than a third over the past 12 months, with sales in Australia, Europe, the UK and the US.

Flagship customers include Telecom New Zealand and Australia’s largest web and application hosting company, WebCentral, whose major customer is Telstra.

Williams says he expects that recessionary economic conditions will further stimulate international demand as companies look to take cost out of their IT infrastructure.

He says the cost benefit of outsourcing the corporate email infrastructure is particularly compelling. “End-users tend to test the concept with their corporate email, and when that proves stable through the SaaS model, they then look at other applications.”

The EMS Cortex platform allows different customers to share the same application, called multi-tenanting. Cortex manages the secure provisioning of customers, users, all core Microsoft-hosted applications, websites, Blackberry and a range of other services.

The company was established in New Zealand as Enterprise Management Solutions in 1996. Its initial focus was on enterprise management systems but in 1999 the company began developing its platform for hosted services. It launched its secure application provisioning platform in 2004.

It was merged into Enprise Holdings two years ago by major shareholder TMT Ventures (NZ), but continues to operate under the EMS Cortex brand within the Enprise group.

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