GV & Capgemini Joint Venture for Storage Solutions


23 March 2005 – Global Voice Group Limited, today announces a collaboration with leading IT and outsourcing company Capgemini in the Netherlands.

Global Voice (GV) and Capgemini Nederland B.V. will provide secure, managed storage solutions to the corporate market. Initially they will tailor these solutions to the healthcare sector, starting in The Netherlands.

While GV owns and operates highly secure optical fibre networks and duct infrastructure across 14 leading European cities, among which Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, the automated storage solutions will be distributed from the Capgemini data centre in Amsterdam over GV’s dedicated fibre network.

GV and Capgemini Nederland B.V. will provide solutions which will allow organisations in the healthcare sector, particularly hospitals, to cope with the increasing amounts of information without needing to make large capital outlays and without the need to add technology staff to already stretched Human Resource budgets.

Announcing the collaboration, Mr. Noel Meaney, CEO, Global Voice, said the healthcare sector has the largest need for compliant record keeping. Worldwide need for compliant records is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 86%.* In addition to the issues and difficulties resulting from storing and managing such data, regulatory bodies continually place and enforce strict regulations. Currently, government and healthcare providers in the Netherlands and many other Western European countries are working on the implementation of secure national systems of electronic patient records. The protected storage of confidential clinical data is an essential element in the designing of these patient record systems. IDC research conducted in Western Europe reports that total IT spending for electronic patient record solutions is expected to grow from USD 1.1 billion in 2004 to USD 2.1 billion in 2008. **

“Today’s healthcare industry generates increasing amounts of digital information, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and electronic medical records all put increasing demands on existing IT systems and storage capacity needs,” said Mr Meaney. “This coupled with increasing regulatory requirements, to store and protect patient information and escalating data volumes, image-intensive applications to electronic medical records (EMR) all increase operational complexity and costs. It is these issues that have influenced GV and Capgemini Nederland B.V. to focus on developing healthcare solutions enabling organisations to meet compliance, reduce costs and simplify their operations.”

GV’s Healthcare solutions incorporate a range of data storage services that include SAN & NAS solutions and automated online File and Email archiving. All offer instantaneous recovery of archived email and files.

Capgemini about the collaboration with Global Voice Networks. “Both parties combined strengths on the storage on demand market will make it possible for customers to buys managed storage services at a very competitive price. These services are centrally delivered through the high quality network of Global Voice. Our services include added value for our customers in the area of new legislation and government regulations on privacy, corporate governance, but also the dream of a paperless office, theft protection, a virus free environment and long term storage capabilities combined with instantaneous data retrieval. Only pay for what is used, saving costs, compliancy to the highest reliability standards are dominant market requirements. Capgemini standardized way of work is compliant with ISO and BS regulations and provide the safest way of working,” Says Huib Papenhuijzen, Sales Manager at Capgemini Outsourcing Benelux. “We very much believe in this powerful relationship and the market will benefit from it at an unprecedented way.”

Source: Enterprise Strategy Group. www.enterprisestrategygroup.com. Source: IDC. www.idc.com

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