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Nasstar takes ‘location’ out of the equation

Posted by Exchange Hosting Reviews as Nasstar, Press Releases

Nasstar plc has solved the communication challenges of a growing company working from sites across the UK.

Miller Mitchell Burley Lane (MMBL) has staff spread across four offices, in Edinburgh, Norwich, London and Great Yarmouth, as well as telesales personnel working from home.

Using Nasstar plc’s software broadcasting system, Nasstar Desktop, MMBL’s project management staff is now able to access all relevant centralised data at the touch of a button.

MMBL is the project management arm of Howards Group, which is also involved in residential and commercial property sales, financial services and a wide range of specialised property services for both property professionals and the general public.  Howards Group has additionally licensed Nasstar’s Hosted Exchange for use by its head office staff.

Nasstar Desktop is at the forefront of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) revolution, offering companies the facility to have all their software and data hosted in a purpose-built centre rather than on a local network, with access provided over secure high speed connection.  The service is provided on a pay-monthly basis per-user, with a fully-managed service providing software upgrades, data backups and 24-hour telephone support.  Nasstar’s Hosted Exchange offers access to email, shared calendars and contacts from any internet connection or mobile device.

Martin Cunningham, chief executive of Howards Group, said: “The first reason for using Nasstar Desktop and Hosted Exchange was for the financial savings.  We have avoided the massive upfront cost of installing hardware at each site, as well as the IT staff to manage the systems.  The staff can concentrate on the core business.

“Since introducing the Nasstar Desktop and Hosted Exchange, mobile access has enhanced the company’s productivity.  The dead time while on a train or waiting for a meeting can now be used to check emails, and update diaries.  It’s taken geography out of the equation.”

Charles Black, chief executive of Nasstar plc, said: “MMBL is operating from four different sites with a team of staff who spend much of their time out of the office.  Nasstar Desktop is the perfect software broadcast solution, giving everyone access to email, calendars and office data from any location.

“Nasstar Desktop provides a business with a real alternative to the on-site server, and can offer a greener option with staff able to work easily from home, avoiding unnecessary journeys.”


Editors’ Notes:
Nasstar is a software broadcaster supplying Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).  Nasstar’s software broadcasting service distributes business software from a central source to end users so that businesses can access their software from anywhere on a subscription basis. Software broadcasting provides an innovative alternative to the traditional on-site local PC and perpetual license model of software delivery.

Nasstar Desktop is Nasstar’s core package enabling subscribers to access their ‘My Documents’, company data and software applications including Microsoft Office, accounts software, other applications from anywhere on a ‘pay monthly’ basis.

Nasstar Mail is a hosted exchange email service which enables subscribers to access their email, calendar and contacts from anywhere using Outlook, a web browser or a mobile device such as Windows mobile phones or BlackBerry.

Nasstar is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a BlackBerry Alliance Member and Cisco Partner.

Nasstar plc was admitted to the London Stock Exchange AIM in December 2005.  London Stock Exchange code: NASA.

TORRANCE, Calif., April 16, 2007 LiveOffice Corporation’s Managed Messaging Services, the leading provider of on-demand messaging security, archiving and compliance solutions, today announced that in honor of Earth Day the company will help restore 125,000 square feet of rainforest through its philanthropic contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation.

 With Earth Day approaching on April 22, corporations are taking a close look at how the basic, everyday habits of their employees directly impact the environment. “Today, you can’t be a responsible citizen without recognizing the effects our actions are having on the planet,” said Matt Smith, president, LiveOffice. “Take emails for example - think about how many of those we print out in hard copy each day and the affect that must be having on our forests.”

The Radicati Group estimates that approximately 541 million workers worldwide rely on email communications to conduct business, and each worker sends and receives, on average, 133 messages per day. “If each of these 541 million workers prints and stores as few as five emails per day it would consume more than 6,000 trees a day. That adds up to more than two million trees every year,” said Smith. “The good news is that there are options for preserving emails that don’t require printing hard copies. With digital archiving technology, companies can archive messages online or offline, for as long as they like, and still allow their employees to access the messages any time necessary.”

According to the National Academy of Science, every year 20 million hectares of rainforest - an area the size of the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey combined - are cut down, releasing millions of tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The good news is that tree conservation can have a significant and positive impact on the environment as a whole. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.”

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Thin clients could save firms £78m

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BRITISH business could save £78m in electricity bills and slash CO2 emissions by 485,000 tonnes a year by switching from PCs to thin clients, claim researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Boffins at the think-tank came to their conclusion after using IGEL Technology thin clients to investigate the power and CO2 emissions of thin clients against traditional business PCs. they say they discovered ‘significant power, ecological and financial savings’. “Energy consumption when in operation was up to 50 percent lower than for conventional PCs,” said Dr Hartmut Pflaum, the Fraunhofer researcher. “While PCs consume 85 watts on average, thin clients get by with 40 to 50 watts. In view of climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions, this is an important factor.”

Stephen Yeo, strategic director of worldwide marketing for IGEL Technology, added: “Using a conservative estimate of 10 million business desktop PCs in operation around the UK, businesses could be saving a total of £78m a year and cutting CO2 emission by 485,000 tonnes. iThe financial savings are significant but the impact on cutting CO2 emissions is impressive.

“Saving 485,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions would remove the equivalent impact of 85,000 average UK households each year. Add to this the typical 25% TCO savings of buying and running a thin client compared to a PC and there can be no doubt that server-based computing is the economic and eco-friendly way forward.”

TORRANCE, Calif., April 11, 2007 AdvisorMail, a division of LiveOffice Managed Messaging Services, the leading provider of managed messaging security, archiving and compliance solutions, today announced that R. Anthony Seyboth, business development manager, will participate as a speaker at the upcoming National Regulatory Services (NRS) 2007 Spring Conference. Mr. Seyboth will host a session during the event’s Compliance Solutions Presentations focused on the growing impact of email management and how companies can protect their businesses and their customers.

  • Panel: The Compliance Solutions Presentations
  • Time: 4:05 4:30 p.m. PDT
  • Date: Monday, April 16, 2007
  • Conference: The NRS 2007 Spring Conference, running from April 15-18, 2007
  • Location: The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL
  • Exhibit: AdvisorMail will be exhibiting at the event
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During this panel session, Mr. Seyboth will discuss how technology solutions, such as AdvisorMail, are helping organizations protect themselves and meet the legal requirements surrounding the proper management of emails and IMs.

For almost a decade, Mr. Seyboth has worked directly with registered investment advisors and broker/dealers to ensure they have the technology tools they need to comply and succeed in today’s regulatory environment. Currently, Seyboth’s efforts are focused on helping financial services organizations comply with the stringent regulatory requirements surrounding electronic record keeping, which include the archiving, search and retrieval of emails and IMs. He is a frequent speaker at NRS conferences and other industry events.

TORRANCE, Calif., April 9, 2007 LiveOffice Corporation’s Managed Messaging Services, the leading provider of on-demand messaging security, archiving and compliance solutions, today introduced its Sentinel portal, a web-based administration console that gives organizations fingertip-access to search and retrieve (eDiscovery) archived messages, while providing real-time dashboard views of inbound threats, email volumes and storage utilization. The company also unveiled an aggressive channel strategy that positions LiveOffice for rapid growth during the next 36 months.

“We are the leading message archiving service in the financial services industry which today represents most of our revenue. With our enhanced email management solutions now available to all businesses, we anticipate that by 2010 more than 50 percent of our revenues will be derived from verticals outside financial services. This new strategy positions us for significant growth during the next 24 to 36 months,” said Matt Smith, president of LiveOffice. “As an example of what we’ve accomplished in just the first quarter of this year, our partnership with Secure Computing has exponentially expanded the reach of our sales force. In total, we estimate that these efforts will lead us to a 50 percent year-over-year growth in revenue from now through 2010.”

LiveOffice’s new client portal acts as mission control for the Sentinel platform, putting administrators just a few clicks away from real-time, graphical views of their entire organization’s email activities, from threat levels to archive usage and much more. The portal also provides administrators with advanced reporting capabilities, enabling them to instantly create comprehensive snapshots of usage statistics categorized by day, week or month.

“We’re using Web 2.0 technology to provide our clients with a real-time, crystal clear view of their organization’s email activity at any given second,” said Alan Akahoshi, LiveOffice’s product manager. “Sentinel combines the best of both worlds by giving administrators ultimate control over their threat levels and storage utilization, while leaving the hardware management and maintenance headaches to a trusted service provider like LiveOffice.”

“In the past, businesses grappled with the challenge of moving to a software as a service (SaaS) model for email management because of concerns over giving up control over the company’s most critical communication tool,” said Michael Osterman, president of Osterman Research. “With the launch of the Sentinel client portal, LiveOffice has alleviated the anxiety often associated with outsourcing email management activities and presented companies with an attractive option for threat protection, archiving, encryption and compliance in a single, integrated platform.”

The release of the Sentinel client portal coincides with the launch of LiveOffice’s aggressive 2007 channel partner initiative. The program’s components include expansion of the company’s domestic sales force, and an associate and value-added reseller (VAR) program that includes attractive partner pricing incentives for organizations looking to expand their messaging capabilities.

With deep roots in the financial services sector, LiveOffice already securely manages millions of messages every day for the nation’s largest and most respected companies. LiveOffice’s Sentinel platform leverages the company’s proven track record in message archiving and streamlines all essential email management activities into a single managed service offering.

All services are available as standalone solutions and include:

  • Protection from inbound messaging threats such as spam, virus and phishing attacks
  • Advanced search and retrieval features that enable administrators to find one or multiple digitally archived messages in just seconds, whether for eDiscovery requests or audits
  • Message encryption to ensure that sensitive information isn’t intercepted as it travels over the internet to the intended recipient
  • Compliance and policy management capabilities that help organizations ensure employees are adhering to regulatory and/or internal guidelines regarding appropriate email and instant message content