Metaphor IT Acquires Virtualisation and Cloud Specialist, Virtual Workspaces

London-based technology and managed services provider, Metaphor IT, announces it has acquired London based Virtual Workspaces.

Metaphor IT, established in 2015, made Virtual Workspaces it’s second acquisition in the past year, following the acquisition of Intellect Security in June 2015. Group CEO, Richard Callis, believes that Virtual Workspaces is a perfect fit for Metaphor IT, and will enable the group to offer its clients a unique set of services.

Since its inception Virtual Workspaces has accumulated an enviable client base, including several FTSE 100 businesses. It has done this by offering clients specialist consultancy and managed services in End User Computing technologies, including vendors such as Citrix, Microsoft and UniPrint. The combined portfolio from Virtual Workspaces and Intellect Security will enable the group to offer unparalleled expertise in delivering secure, mobile workspaces.

Metaphor IT anticipate that the group will now double its revenue within 12 months through organic growth and expects to make a further acquisition by the end of year.

Virtual Workspaces will continue to trade under its own brand, specialising in the virtualisation and Cloud space. This is in line with Metaphor IT’s vision to create an IT Solutions and Managed Services group with specialist skills in core IT services. Virtual Workspaces Founder, Mario Cirillo, takes up the position of Group CTO at Metaphor IT and its subsidiaries.

Richard Callis, CEO, Metaphor IT

“We are very pleased to announce our second acquisition of the past year. The group has performed very well since its inception, exceeding the aggressive growth targets we put in place. The acquisition of Virtual Workspaces, nine months after we acquired Intellect Security will complement our strong organic growth. Virtual Workspaces itself has been growing rapidly and has built a fantastic brand and reputation in the virtualization and cloud markets. We look at the market today and see cloud businesses talking about security and security business talking about cloud services. There is a gap in the market for a business that has specialist skills in both areas and can provide secure cloud and mobility solutions, that truly protect client’s data and reputations. With this acquisition we have two businesses with specialist skills in both areas meaning that we can offer our clients those types of solutions. Virtual Workspaces will maintain its brand, as it is well recognized in the industry and we want to operate the businesses as specialists in each of their markets. There are lots of other ‘we do it all’ providers, we don’t want to be one of those.”

Mario Cirillo, Founder, Virtual Workspaces:

“We are delighted to be joining forces with Metaphor IT and Intellect Security. When we first starting talking to the board at Metaphor we instantly knew it would be a great fit. It helps that we know the board very well having worked with them previously at Intercept IT but more importantly, we share the vision that Metaphor have of providing a group of specialist IT companies with expert skillsets in specific technologies. We are excited about the opportunities we can bring to Intellect Security’s clients and also how they can assist our clients with their security strategies.”

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C5 Alliance

C5 Alliance and Intellect Security Announce Partnership

Top UK IT Security Firm and Leading Channel Islands IT Provider Announce Strategic Partnership

C5 Alliance, the largest provider of technology in the Channel Islands, and leading UK IT security business, Intellect Security, have announced a strategic partnership that will allow the two businesses to share specialist skills.

Under the new contract, Intellect Security will provide C5 Alliance with specialist security skills to assist its clients with analysis, design, implementation and management of security solutions that will protect their data, intellectual property and reputation. In return, C5 Alliance will be providing Intellect with specialist networking and storage skills for its clients.

The two businesses have been working together since early 2016, holding joint security events across the Channel Islands, and have already helped a number of businesses with their security solutions. This relationship has moved into a more formal partnership, with the businesses now sharing intellectual property, marketing activities and technical resources.

Rob Leader, Group Managing Director, C5 Alliance:

“We are delighted to announce this strategic partnership with Intellect, which will allow us to offer the best security expertise and solutions to our clients across the Channel Islands. We are seeing more and more cyber threats across the world, so it became clear that we needed to find an expert security partner that we could trust to look after our clients’ security requirements. Intellect Security have real pedigree in the security marketplace, managing security solutions for many global businesses. With the Intellect team working alongside our own security consultants, we will have a formidable team to help our clients going forward.”

Richard Callis, Managing Director, Intellect Security:

“We are very excited to have secured a partnership with C5 Alliance. They are the largest provider of IT solutions in the Channel Islands and possess fantastic relationships with their clients. Teaming up with the team at C5 is mutually beneficial, we are able to provide their clients with leading security solutions and resources and in return our clients will be able to benefit from access to experts in storage, development and networking. We have been working together for a number of months and not only do our technical skills fit very well, we also see a similar culture and ethos in the two businesses. We are looking forward to the partnership developing further and collaborating to assist more clients to meet or exceed their business and security objectives.”