ANS achieves major Cisco accreditations

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ANS has become only the second partner in the UK to achieve the Cisco Master Cloud Builder and Managed Services Master Specialisations, which recognises exceptional capability in building, deploying and managing Cloud infrastructures with Cisco technology.

In 2012, ANS became the first Cisco partner in the UK to achieve the Cloud Builder accreditation and is now only the second Cisco Partner in the UK, after BT, to earn the exclusive Master Cloud Builder specialisation.

The Cisco Channel Partner Programme offers a number of ways for partners to differentiate themselves from the competition, and the Master specialisations are the highest distinctions available within the Data Centre suite of offerings. The title not only reflects a high-level understanding of Cisco technologies and how to best utilise them to support customers, but the exclusivity of the specialisation is a true commercial differentiator between partners.

To earn the accreditation, which requires effective IT service management processes and robust working practices across the full lifecycle, a partner must first achieve advanced specialisations in the relevant areas and then meet the additional requirements that indicate master-level capability. A rigorous third party audit is used to assess partners’ technical and service capabilities and is known as one of the toughest audits in the industry.

Partners must adhere to similarly stringent criteria in order to achieve Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Specialisation. Along with architectural and services criteria, partners must have at least one CCIE on board and multiple customer references. The accreditation, held by just a handful of UK partners, goes hand in hand with the Master Cloud Builder to allow ANS to offer customers the highest levels of competency and capability in the industry.

ANS’ Managed Services MD, Paul Shannon, said: “Two years ago, ANS set out to build the best and most customer focussed Managed Services practice in the industry. To achieve this, we invested a significant amount of time, money and, most importantly, people into the Managed Services and Cloud functions. The certifications we have amassed, including the latest Master Cloud Builder, validate our hard work and commitment and highlight the amazing progress we’ve made towards our goals.

Each and every one of the processes that make up a robust Managed Services organisation was reviewed, tested and evidenced across the Master certifications and ANS passed all areas with high scores. These certifications show our customers and potential customers alike, that ANS can be trusted to build and manage their Private, Hybrid and Public Clouds to the highest level.

Our goal is always to focus on the most important area any genuine Managed Services business can, which is Continuous Service Improvement, and pass these improvements on to our customers. ANS is extremely proud to have our services validated by Cisco, the number one global Cloud Infrastructure Vendor.”

ANS was also the first Cisco partner in EMEA to achieve the Cisco Powered DaaS certification, the 5th in the UK for Cisco Powered IaaS and is one of only a few UK partners to hold the Cloud and Managed Services Master certification. This combination of certifications together makes ANS globally unique with no other partner holding all certifications simultaneously.