Data Integration, an Xchanging company, awarded contract to design, deploy and manage security upgrade project

08 Dec 2010

Basingstoke, UK, 08 December 2010. Data Integration, an Xchanging company, has today announced its status as the first UK Authorised Service Centre for Palo Alto Networks. Data Integration’s local presence enables the company to offer improved SLA’s on Palo Alto support for UK customers and additional benefits such as the ability to provide qualified engineers on site.

The Authorised Service Centre accreditation means that Data Integration has achieved the most stringent levels of engineering certification and gives Data Integration direct access to Palo Alto’s Technical Assistance Centre. Data Integration also has a permanent Palo Alto lab facility which means the company can replicate and resolve issues ‘in country’, in real-time with local expertise.

Data Integration has been a leading UK partner of Palo Alto Networks since the company’s launch into the UK market in 2008. Data Integration was quick to identify the potential of Palo Alto’s innovative approach to IT security, which has seen the vendor propelled from a start-up to a leader in the firewall category. Commenting on the development, Mark Slater, Chief Operation Officer of Data Integration said, "I am delighted that we have achieved the Authorised Service Centre status with Palo Alto Networks, which will enable us to offer even better levels of service to our customers. The achievement is in line with our strategy of being able to provide customers with superior support services and builds on the service accreditations we already have in place with our other leading vendors."

Karl Driesen, VP EMEA at Palo Alto Networks, concluded, “Data Integration is a great partner for us in the UK. Their elevation to Authorised Service Centre status is a significant move in the development of our support capabilities enabling us to offer customers with a high standard of locally provided support.”

About Data Integration

Data Integration is one of the UK’s leading networking, security and communication technology providers. The company specialises in network security, application optimisation, mobility solutions, high performance networks, IP telephony and open access networks. Data Integration serves more than 300 customers in the UK, spanning the private and public sectors.

Data Integration’s Common Service Platform, enables customers to transition to cloud based IT models with security, visibility, governance and billing assured. Data Integration was acquired by Xchanging plc in June 2010. Xchanging is one of the largest and fastest growing business processors. Xchanging provides procurement, accounting, human resources and technology services across industries. These include banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail and real estate among others. With a wide range of multinational customers in 42 countries and employing over 8,000 people, Xchanging is a truly global company.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks™ is the network security company. Its next-generation firewalls enable unprecedented visibility and granular policy control of applications and content – by user, not just IP address – at up to 10Gbps with no performance degradation. Based on patent-pending App-ID™ technology, Palo Alto Networks firewalls accurately identify and control applications – regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL encryption – and scan content to stop threats and prevent data leakage. Enterprises can for the first time embrace Web 2.0 and maintain complete visibility and control, while significantly reducing total cost of ownership through device consolidation.

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Hannah Crease, Marketing Director
Data Integration
+44(0)20 8875 6538