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OCF accredited under SSSNA framework agreement

We’re pleased to announce that we are now accredited to supply and integrate server and storage hardware to UK academia through the IT purchasing framework agreement, Server, Storage and Solution National Agreement (SSSNA). SSSNA, an IT purchasing framework agreement, enables universities, higher education and further education colleges to purchase equipment without the need to go through individual EU tenders. This reduces procurement costs and time.

OCF has over 15 years’ experience of successfully designing and integrating high performance server and storage clusters into UK academia. Our customers include: University College London, King’s College London, Durham University and the University of Birmingham.

“The SSSNA accreditation is further reassurance to our current and prospective customers that OCF understands the requirements and intricacies of UK academia,” says Steve Reynolds, Sales Director, OCF. “SSSNA members will continue to benefit from the most competitive pricing on hardware in the education and research sector, in addition to being supported with our integration expertise. OCF is committed to this programme and that we have a dedicated framework team to help drive the programme into UK academia is testament to that.”

The new framework which started in Nov 2016 is set to last for 4 years and is worth between £200m and £600m. The framework represents higher education institutes across the south of England (SUPC), and is a leading procurement on behalf of a range of other buying groups including the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for Wales (HEPCW), the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), the North West Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC), the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) and the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC). All members of these regional consortia benefit from:

  • Consistently low pricing on servers and storage technologies
  • Ability to purchase under a pre-tendered framework agreement
  • Exclusive product offers and promotions
  • Experienced technical pre and post-sales consultancy
  • Fully comprehensive support and installation services

The framework is split into four main lots. OCF is listed on Lot 4 but is present with partners on all others:

Lot 1 – Servers (with Lenovo)
Lot 2 – Storage (with Lenovo)
Lot 3a – OEM Led Solutions – Converged, Hyper-Converged, Hybrid & Other (excluding HPC & DIC) (with Fujitsu, Hitachi and Lenovo)
Lot 3b – OEM Led Solutions (High Performance Computing (HPC) & Data Intensive Computing (DIC) (with Fujitsu and Lenovo)
Lot 4 – Reseller Led Solutions (OCF)

If you are interested in hearing more about how our frameworks can support your HPC and storage solutions please get in touch.

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OCF Holiday Opening Times

Our opening hours will be a little different to usual over the Christmas holidays:

Friday 23rd December – Closed from 1pm

Monday 26th December – Closed
Tuesday 27th December – Closed
Wednesday 28th December – 10am-4pm
Thursday 29th December – 10am-4pm
Friday 30th December – 10am-4pm
Monday 2nd January 2017- Closed
Tuesday 3rd January – Usual opening hours

We wish all our customers and partners a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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How OpenFOAM on POWER8 is stretching the performance envelope

Computational fluid dynamic simulations remain a powerful tool in a wide range of engineering and scientific disciplines, including aerospace, automotive, power generation, chemical manufacturing, medical research, and astrophysics.

If you are serious about achieving the right results using CFD, the IBM Power platform offers performance benefits up to 3x better than the x86 platform. We believe that OpenFOAM running on IBM’s POWER8 server offers the right combination of performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness, especially when combined with our unique integration service and support offering, which brings together the benefits of OpenFOAM with the high performance of POWER8, for faster, more reliable modelling.

Learn more at with our white paper and at www.openfoamonpower.co.uk

 

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OCF named in 48th position in the Investec Mid-Market 100 UK’s fastest-growing private companies

UK HPC integrator recognised as one of the fastest growing private companies

OCF plc, the UK’s trusted high performance computing, storage and data analytics provider, has entered the Investec UK’s 100 fastest-growing private Mid-Market companies after another successful year of trading.

The list aims to fill a gap in understanding of how the UK mid-market operates and track the market’s performance over time, demonstrating how it is possible to sustain meaningful growth in a business.

Julian Fielden, OCF Managing Director, comments: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised. Our growth over recent years may be attributed to a number of factors; the main external driver has been the UK Government’s drive to support research by funding significant investments in HPC and big data infrastructure. A significant internal driver has been the great efforts that we have made to ensure a first class customer experience. We operate to ISO 9001 standards, our contracts are all controlled by mutually agreed Statements of Work and our services are delivered to agreed Service Level Agreements.

The quality of our people is one of our key differentiators. We make a continual effort to effectively train and motivate our employees. As long as we maintain our focus and technical excellence we have every confidence that our success will continue.”

Earlier in the year, OCF was recognised in the Northern Technology awards presented by GP Bullhound, winning awards in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the North as well as Top 15 Fastest Growing Larger Technology Companies in the North.

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Northern Technology Awards

OCF wins Two Awards at 2015 Northern Technology Awards

We are delighted to be recognised as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the North with two awards at the 2015 Northern Technology Awards, in the categories of Fastest Growing Company and Fastest Growing Larger Company.

The awards provided a unique way of celebrating the innovative technologies and businesses developed in the region, and recognise those who have contributed to their success. The ceremony was an exclusive invitation-only Awards Dinner on 26 March 2015, at Aspire in Leeds along with an impressive VIP guest list of entrepreneurs within the tech sector. David Rowan (Editor, Wired UK) was compere for the evening and the judges were Sir Terry Leahy, Paul Walker, (Sage Founder), Chris Allen (Laterooms founder), Adam Balon (Innocent Drinks founder) and Mike Dimelow (Head of M&A, ARM) amongst others.

OCF was recognised in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the North as well as Top 15 Fastest Growing Larger Technology Companies in the North. Julian Fielden, OCF Managing Director, comments: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised. Our growth over recent years may be attributed to a number of factors; the main external driver has been the UK Government’s drive to support research by funding significant investments in HPC and big data infrastructure. A significant internal driver has been the great efforts that we have made to ensure a first class customer experience. We operate to ISO 9001 standards, our contracts are all controlled by mutually agreed Statements of Work and our services are delivered to agreed Service Level Agreements.

The quality of our people is one of our key differentiators. We make a continual effort to effectively train and motivate our employees. As long as we maintain our focus and technical excellence we have every confidence that our success will continue.”

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