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Giacom named "Best New Partner" at Microsoft Cloud Summit

4th November 2015

Giacom are celebrating after being named “Best New Partner” at the recent Microsoft Cloud Summit in Prague.

The award, which was presented to Giacom’s Head of Business Development Ian Beckwith at the Summit by Aziz Benmalek, Vice President of Microsoft’s Worldwide Hosting and Cloud Services Division, recognises the exceptional service, growth and expertise as a leading Hosted services provider Giacom has achieved over the past 12 months.

On receiving the news Giacom Managing Director Nick Marshall said: "This is an outstanding achievement at a European event, and recognises the tremendous effort that goes on behind the scenes to deliver Giacom’s services. Each and everyone one of us has played a part in achieving this, and we are all very proud."

Giacom operates MessageStream - the UK's largest cloud marketplace exclusively for IT resellers and home to more than 3,000 partners. Giacom has been serving IT service providers in the UK, Europe and beyond since 1999, providing first class cloud based IT solutions including Office 365, Hosted Exchange and Advanced Email Security, ready to resell to your clients under your own brand.

With the MessageStream Cloud Marketplace you can deliver to your clients the most popular and profitable IT services, and pass on the flexibility and savings associated with the cloud. In the process, you can also dramatically increase your long-term revenue.

To find out more about our award-winning Hosted services click here or call 0845 3030 555*

Team Giacom enter 10K charity race for the second year running.

7th May 2015

We love giving back to the local community, so once again the team have been training hard here at Giacom to take part in this year’s Jane Tomlinson 10K run.

The annual race, which takes place in Hull city centre and is now in its sixth year, will begin on the morning of Sunday 14th June 2015. For the second year running, the team will endure the summer heat to raise money for Hull Harp – a local charity which have been providing support to homeless individuals for over 30 years - and aim to raise over £1,000. Last year, team Giacom raised over £1,200 for Dove House Hospice.

We need all the help we can get to reach our £1,000 target and our staff could do with a little boost of encouragement too!

If you would like to make a donation please click here to donate directly via the Hull Harp website. Alternatively please call 0845 3030 555 and ask to speak with Kate for more information. There’s no donation too small and we appreciate all donations made.

In the meantime, keep checking back here for more information and good luck team Giacom!

For more information about the Jane Tomlinson 10K run click here to visit the official website or for more information about Hull Harp click here.

You can contact one of our team today for more information on 0845 3030 555.

Office 365 Now Available

29th April 2015

We're delighted to announce that Office 365 is available within our MessageStream cloud marketplace.

As one of only a handful of Office 365 2-Tier Distributors in Europe, the new addition to our platform means that you now have the option to provide this service to your clients should they request it, whilst still being able to resell our dedicated reseller services such as Hosted Exchange, Hosted File Backup and Hosted SharePoint.

What's more, you'll still benefit from the same MessageStream service that our partners know and love, such as one easy-to-use client portal, UK based technical support, no complicated commission structures, free marketing support and flexible monthly billing.

MessageStream Business Development Manager Ian Beckwith adds: "Whilst our existing Hosted Exchange service will still provide the best all-round reseller profit potential, the addition of Office 365 services allows resellers to keep clients within the MessageStream ecosystem even if they specifically ask for Office 365. This way the reseller gets a single bill from us for all services, and keeps their clients as their own."

You can contact one of our team today for more information on 0845 3030 555.

Office365 coming to Giacom's MessageStream cloud marketplace.

26th February 2015

UK based cloud service provider Giacom today announced it will be adding Microsoft's Office365 to its MessageStream cloud marketplace for IT resellers.

The announcement is the result of Giacom's successful inclusion into the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme as a 2-Tier Distributor. The programme allows Giacom to supply Office365 and Windows Intune subscriptions and own the complete client lifecycle, including billing, support and the customer experience.

"Including Office365 into our MessageStream marketplace will further expand our growing range of cloud services, providing a wider choice for IT support businesses, system integrators, telecom companies and service providers operating within Europe," explains Giacom's Managing Director Nick Marshall.

"We're delighted to have been selected by Microsoft to join the Cloud Solution Provider programme, allowing Giacom to offer Office365 on a 2-tier distributor basis."

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group Phil Sorgen adds, "To meet the growing demand of our cloud-based solutions, we're thrilled to expand the capabilities for cloud partners under the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider programme.

"By joining the programme, partners will deepen customer relationships and expand business opportunities in the cloud."

Giacom's MessageStream cloud marketplace is used by 2,500 partners, making it Europe's largest channelbased cloud services platform. Giacom manages in excess of 90,000 Hosted Exchange mailboxes growing at 5,000 new seats each month. Other services in the cloud marketplace include Hosted SharePoint, Hosted File Backup and Hosted Email Security, offered at wholesale prices and fully re-brandable.

Matthew Barton from Exmouth based Ostrich IT and Giacom Partner believes Office365 within the MessageStream cloud marketplace will help his business attract new customers: "We offer a comprehensive range of support services and use Giacom's technology to provide a selection of own-branded products in our portfolio. With Office365 in MessageStream, we'll now be able to take on-board customers that exclusively want Microsoft's suite of cloud services. This opens a whole new recurring revenue stream for our business."

Giacom is expected to introduce Office365 into its MessageStream cloud marketplace in early April, and is currently taking enquiries from service providers that are looking to resell Office365 and Windows Intune to their European customers.

For more information call 0845 3030 555.

80,000 mailbox milestone for MessageStream.

24th November 2014

We're celebrating yet another achievement after smashing our target of 80,000 Hosted Exchange mailboxes, just 2 months after reaching 70,000.

Here at MessageStream we know that this is yet another indication that businesses are identifying the need to move to the cloud, and that IT support companies all over the UK are embracing the opportunity given to them by cloud technology.

Ian Beckwith, Business Development Manager here at MessageStream comments, "We couldn’t be more delighted to have reached our 80,000 Hosted Exchange 2013 mailbox milestone so soon after our 70,000. Averaging on 5,000 additional Hosted Exchange 2013 mailboxes per month is phenomenal."

"So many of our resellers are surprised by how easy and profitable it is to make the switch to the cloud, and we will continue to provide what we think is the best platform around for other like-minded resellers to benefit, too."

MessageStream provide white-labelled cloud solutions to over 2,400 IT resellers all over the UK and Europe. As well as Hosted Exchange 2013 MessageStream offer other cloud services such as Hosted File Backup, Hosted SharePoint and Hosted Email Security, giving resellers the opportunity to make long-term profit from MessageStream cloud services.

Celebrating 15 years in the Business...

28th July 2014

1999 – the year when Westlife were dominating the charts, when Nintendo Gameboys were the ‘must-have’ device and when you needed an extra briefcase just to carry around your mobile phone.

It’s also the time when you had to wait 5 minutes to connect to the internet; after making it clear that the rest of the household were, under no circumstances, allowed to use the landline until you had finished.

Given the above, it’s no surprise that many businesses have not survived the substantial changes seen in this time. However, we are the exception, having recently celebrated an impressive 15 years in the business.

Incorporated in 1999 under our parent company Giacom World Networks Ltd, our first ever product was ‘free Internet access’. Having achieved 20,000 dial-up clients in just a couple of years, the next product added to our portfolio was Web and Email Hosting. By 2002 we’d added Dedicated Servers to our range.

3 years later, and with 10 more staff members on board, the team moved to larger premises and subsequently launched our Email Security service, providing message filtering and archiving services.

It was at this point that we introduced our dedicated reseller channel, MessageStream, which now has over 2,300 IT resellers across the UK and beyond, and manages in excess of over 68,000 Hosted Exchange mailboxes.

In 2010 we introduced our game-changing Exchange 2010 service, transforming the business to become the second largest Hosted Exchange network in Europe.

Having added additional revolutionary cloud services such as Hosted SharePoint and Hosted Exchange 2013 just last year, we’re still growing from strength to strength and now boast over 30+ staff members, who are based at our picturesque offices in Hessle, East Yorkshire.

And with new products due for launch within the next few weeks, there’s no sign of slowing down.

Managing Director Nick Marshall describes the biggest change he has seen over the last 15 years. “It’s a cliché, but it has to be the cloud. Who buys servers anymore?”

Introducing cloud-based Exchange to our platform was initially only a protection move with many of our Email Security clients moving away to other Hosted Exchange providers. We took a glance into the future and realised that we needed Hosted Exchange on our portfolio to retain clients who wanted the whole package. And the rest, as they say, is history!”

So, here’s to the next 15 years!

MessageStream Sponsor World Motorsport Event

11th June 2014

We're delighted to announce that MessageStream are sponsoring this year’s 'HullSpeedAhead' team in the P1 Superstock Championships, which takes place at Hull Marina on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd June.

P1 is the largest marine motorsport platform in the world. It has promoted more than 85 World Championship races and more than 100 national races across 14 countries and 4 continents. The HullSpeedAhead team is being funded with sponsorship from Hull's Business Community.

Ian Beckwith, Business Development Manager at MessageStream, comments 'We're proud to be uniting with other local businesses by sponsoring this year’s Hull team.'

'The race looks set to be a brilliant day and we're excited to be part of such a unique event.'

From Hull, the P1 SuperStock teams will move on to race days in Cardiff and Torquay during July & August, with Gosport hosting the season finale in early September.

For more information about the HullSpeedAhead team visit www.hullspeedahead.org, or for more information about the P1 Superstock Championships visit www.p1superstock.co.uk.

Team MessageStream smash their £1,000 target in charity 10K run

10th June 2014

On Sunday 8th June 2014, the team here at MessageStream completed the Jane Tomlinson 10K ‘Run For All’ in Hull city centre, raising £1,199 for Dove House Hospice.

Despite the humid running conditions, the team raced to the finish line in record time along with over 5,000 other participants who took part in the annual charity run. Racing under our parent company Giacom World Networks Ltd, some went the extra mile to prove themselves with our Head of Finance carrying golf clubs the whole way, too!

Nick Marshall, Managing Director at MessageStream, who also took part in the race, commented, ‘The whole team have been training extremely hard in the run up to the event, and that most certainly showed on the day’

‘I’d like to congratulate all our staff who took part, along with all of the other participants, and to thank everyone who sponsored team MessageStream and helped us smash our £1,000 target.’

‘It was a fantastic day and a brilliant atmosphere – here’s to next year!’

For more information about the event, or to see more photographs from the day, visit https://www.runforall.com/10k/hull/. For more information about Dove House Hospice visit https://www.dovehouse.org.uk/.

Giacom team The team raised well over £1,000 for Dove House Hospice. Linda Our Head of Finance Linda complete with golf clubs! Rick and Colin Our Head of Network Operations Rick crossing the finishing line (right). Linda with Viking FM Despite the humid conditions, here’s Linda giving us her best pose!

60,000 mailbox milestone

16th April 2014

We’re celebrating yet another achievement after smashing our target of 60,000 Hosted Exchange mailboxes, just 4 months after reaching 50,000.

This is yet another indication that businesses are identifying the need to move to the cloud and that IT support companies all over the UK are embracing the opportunity given to them by cloud technology.

Ian Beckwith, Business Development Manager here at MessageStream comments, ‘We couldn’t be more delighted to have reached our 60,000 milestone so soon after our 50,000. Averaging on 2,500 additional Hosted Exchange mailboxes per month is phenomenal.”

“So many of our resellers are surprised by how easy and profitable it is to make the switch to the cloud, and we will continue to provide what we think is the best platform around for other like-minded resellers to benefit, too."

We provide white labelled cloud solutions to IT resellers all over the UK and Europe. Hosted Exchange mailboxes are available at the wholesale price of just £2.95 per mailbox, and with other cloud services such as Hosted SharePoint and Advanced Security, resellers really can make long-term profit from MessageStream cloud services.

For more information about any of our services give us a call on 0845 3030 555.

We’re training hard to race 10K for charity!

16th April 2014

Intense training has started for some of the team here at MessageStream as they prepare to complete in the Jane Tomlinson 10K run.

The annual race, which takes place in Hull city centre, will begin on the morning of Sunday 8th June 2014. Racing under our parent company Giacom World Networks Ltd, the team will endure the summer heat to raise money for the Dove House Hospice Appeal. The team aim to raise over £1,000 for the charity, which provides excellent care for people in the local community with life limiting illnesses.

The team have set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wishes to support this great cause – simply visit www.justgiving.com/giacom.

Good luck to all involved!

For more information about the Jane Tomlinson Appeal visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/our-events/2014/06/hull-10k-2014/ or to learn more about the Dove House Hospice visit www.dovehouse.org.uk.

Don’t miss out on the cloud opportunity...

8th April 2014

Today signals the end of a business workhorse - Microsoft's Exchange 2003 Server – popular software that provides enterprise-class email, calendar, and contacts to business of all sizes.

This discontinuation poses the question: "Stay on site or move to the cloud?”. It also makes it all the more apparent that there's an easier way to stay up-to-date with the latest server technology, and reminds us yet again that businesses are moving to the cloud for Exchange and that they're doing it quickly...

According to the Cloud Industry Forum, the number of first-time cloud computing users has increased by 27% over the last 18 months alone. The organisation estimates that over 75% of UK businesses are using at least one cloud service formally. In addition, 80% of current cloud users have increased their spending in this area.*

With this in mind, now is the perfect time for IT support companies to be selling cloud services, such as Hosted Exchange 2013, to businesses as a successor to on-site Exchange 2003 or Microsoft’s Small Business Server.

Nick Marshall, Managing Director at Giacom, the company behind MessageStream that offers cloud-based solutions to IT resellers up and down the country, has seen a dramatic change in the way businesses deal with their IT.

"It’s been amazing to see the change in the IT infrastructure for businesses since we entered the market more than 15 years ago."

"Now more than ever, businesses are recognising the need to move to the cloud. By doing so, they’re making their business much more efficient whilst cost-effectively revolutionising their communications."

"Furthermore, we’re increasingly seeing IT companies that are supporting these businesses embracing the opportunity given to them by the cloud, whilst making maximum profit with minimal effort."

*Source: The Guardian

MessageStream Launch Their Free Marketing Support System

23rd Jan 2014

MessageStream, a service by Giacom World Networks Ltd, are delighted to announce the launch of MessageStream Academy – a free marketing support service available to all members within their 2,000 strong IT reseller network.

The Academy provides MessageStream resellers with an array of hints & tips guides, sales presentations, video tutorials and more, making it easier than ever to sell products such as Hosted Exchange 2013 and Hosted SharePoint 2010 to their end user client. Their bespoke Virtual Marketing Manager is on hand to support resellers every step of the way too.

MessageStream Academy is available to access online 24/7 and combined with MessageStream’s exceptional customer support team, providing first class Cloud services has never been so simple.

Ian Beckwith, Business Development Manager at MessageStream comments “We’re proud to provide our resellers with such a bespoke support portal.”

“Our number one priority is to provide a quick, hassle-free service to all of our resellers and with the introduction of MessageStream Academy we’re delighted to exceeded expectations”

MessageStream works with IT support companies to deliver the simplest, fastest, and most profitable cloud services, such as Hosted Exchange, under their own brand.