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Blaze are a security-focused Managed Service Provider and ISP, delivering networks, communications and IT services to businesses across the UK.
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Blaze are a managed service provider, operating for over 18 years delivering multisite private networks now using the latest software defined technology (SD-WANs) and are a leading SD-WAN provider in the UK. We help businesses of all sizes transform using modern technology and IT frameworks that work for them. We love IT support and helping our business customers evolve through the digital evolution.
Our technical teams are the heart of our operation and we adopt and continually strive to improve on our internal framework that allows continuous education and technical change. This keeps us all ahead of the digital evolution and allows us to transform our customers’ businesses whilst offering the very best technical support available. We are happy to provide case studies around technical implementation achievements that are similar to what you are trying to achieve. Our business customers are always happy to talk about their experiences with the services we provide. So please do not hesitate to contact our friendly sales team to find out how we can help you.
Our passion for all things IT led us to build and operate our own communications and cloud network to enable us to cost-effectively address our customer’s needs. This complete control over the managed services we provide allows Blaze to deliver end to end service level agreements on our customers critical infrastructure without involvement from third-party companies. This equates to the best response and support the IT industry can offer – and we are always striving to improve.
Blaze Cloud is a Hosted Infrastructure platform allowing you to move your server workload from on-premises or dedicated server hosting centres. Built using Industry-leading components as Lenovo Servers, Cisco Nexus Switches and Microsoft technology (like that deployed in Azure), we can provide a resilient, secure, high performance cloud hosting infrastructure at a very competitive price.
Unlike other cloud hosting providers, you can call and discuss your business requirements with our experienced and qualified technicians who will be able to advise on the best solution for your specific requirements. We will take care of all the provisioning and setup of the infrastructure saving you time. We also have templated deployments that we can preconfigure for you, again reducing deployment times to minutes rather than days.
Businesses of all types and sizes are increasingly aware of the risks of data breaches, ransomware, and operational disruption which cyber threats represent. Blaze has therefore developed one of the most comprehensive approaches to cybersecurity, which is incorporated in all the solutions we provide.
We believe Security isn’t an add-on; it needs to permeate all design aspects of our services.
Blaze Networks offers IT Support Services to meet the needs of businesses of all types, including large multi-site businesses, those with significant cloud-based systems, and companies with many staff working from home.
Our IT services include Server Support, End User Support, Remote Monitoring and Management, Network Support, User Access, and Microsoft 365 support. We are experts at troubleshooting both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac operating systems, have particular skills in installing and supporting Microsoft 365 products (Blaze are a Microsoft Gold Partner), have Mac certified support technicians, as well as having fully qualified Mitel, Fortinet and Veeam engineers across three tiers of support.
We design the right solution for each customer, taking into account detailed infrastructure considerations and business goals. As a Managed Services Provider we can offer most services either fully managed or co-managed, as you prefer.
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Comprehensive Range of Services
As an MSP (Managed Services Provider), Blaze Networks provides SMEs and large organisations with a complete, secure, managed solution, tailored to your specific networking and IT needs.
Blaze can support the complex network infrastructure and IT requirements of businesses of all types, including large multi-site businesses, those with significant cloud-based systems, those looking for a SD-WAN provider, and companies with large numbers of staff working from home.
We design the right solution for each customer, taking into account detailed infrastructure considerations and design objectives. As a Managed Services Provider we can offer most services either fully managed or co-managed, as you prefer.
We partner with leading manufacturers like Microsoft, Fortinet, Veeam, Bitdefender, Cisco, Mitel, Lenovo, and other industry-leaders. In doing so Blaze have access to a vast array of products that allow us to overcome our customers’ business challenges and requirements.
Here are a few examples of recent work we have done, particularly in the area of designing and deploying company-wide Private wide area networks using SD-WAN solutions.
If you would like more details on any of these or to discuss other ways in which we have helped improve our customers IT and network infrastructure, we would be delighted to discuss this with you.
What they do
Hollywood Bowl is the UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operator in the UK. The business has 61 ten-pin bowling entertainment centres throughout the country under the Hollywood Bowl and AMF brands, as well as 3 mini-golf centres operating under the Puttstars brand.
The company is operationally dependent on data networking, and a wide area network has been built up over the years as the company has grown.
Delivering the very best customer experience is Hollywood Bowl’s passion, so it is vitally important to the business that all systems within the bowling centres, together with vital centrally-operated systems, deliver the highest standard of customer service to Hollywood Bowl’s customers.
Hollywood Bowl Group have worked with Blaze for over 8 years and they have provided all of our networking requirements, as well as many other services. They are one of our most trusted providers with excellent consultancy and support. When we required a full review of our network infrastructure, Blaze were at the forefront of the decision making.
We required a network which would give us a robust and resilient architecture but also provided the required security layers – as well as future proofing the estate and removing end of life solutions.
We are delighted to have a future-proof, robust and resilient network with an SD-WAN infrastructure, supported by a highly skilled and forward thinking partner. We continue to grow our business and we can do so in the knowledge that we have a secure and fast, resilient network, which will support the business growth and our IT and Digital strategy.IT Director | Hollywood Bowl Group
Hollywood Bowl’s network was nearing the end of its life cycle. Complexity in the setup was very apparent with technologies like access control lists (ACL’s) causing the business to have a lack of flexibility. In addition to aging technology, multiple technology manufacturers had been used over the years – leading to a disjointed infrastructure that lacked overall visibility, control, and compliance for the business. There were also challenges being encountered as the bowling centres digitally evolved and became more dependent on cloud services.
Hollywood Bowl needed to be agile and react to new requirements as the business continued to evolve. This included having complete visibility and central orchestration over the network whilst protecting the entire attack surface.
The SD-WAN solution was tailor-designed by Blaze to meet Hollywood Bowl’s requirements. Central to this is the introduction of a single-pane-of-glass solution: this gives the network management team full visibility across the network and greatly simplifies control and the introduction of changes across the network (including the ability to deliver business objects on the fly in minutes, avoiding laborious hands-on configuration of branch equipment that previously required extensive planning).
The SD-WAN solution is enabling Hollywood Bowl’s technology evolution and business objectives to be achieved faster. A more secure infrastructure has been delivered, and network connection and dependability has been increased, with an effective doubling of bandwidth through introduction of Active/Active paths and next generation fibre connectivity.
In brief, Hollywood Bowl has been able to reduce the complexity of its network, with all technical challenges and impediments to delivering business change that this complexity caused, while significantly increasing the security of its systems.
Associated Independent Stores (AIS)
What they do
Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is the largest, independent, non-food buying group of its kind in the UK and Ireland. In addition to its core function as a buying group, AIS has a conference and exhibition centre, Cranmore Park, next to its headquarters in Solihull.
The technology and support from Blaze have both been excellent, helping us to achieve and maintain superior levels of security and connectivity. They have made very complex technology seem simple, which is testament to their expert IT knowledge and experience.IT Infrastructure & Service Desk Manager | Associated Independent Stores
AIS needed a new security layer as their current ‘edge security’ technology was due for renewal. They also needed to upgrade their internet connectivity links into their main Solihull HQ. AIS required two separate circuits providing a full N+1 redundant solution. The circuits had to automatically fail over with no drop outs and no human intervention.
The solution includes gigabit dual internet lines to two separate carriers (Vodafone and Virgin), so they have true independent carrier resilience. The secure Gigabit-capable dual line internet connectivity is hosted on Blaze’s MPLS network, Blaze Cloud, and the Cisco switches are configured to create a robust solution with full resilience.
There is automatic failover between the two carriers before they hit a SD-WAN layer, and AIS can survive either a carrier going down or a hardware failover. Unlike most failover solutions Blaze also failover the public IP address space between the two carriers, so that no human intervention is required should a failure of one national carrier or physical hardware failure onsite occur.
The network redesign supports new Unified Threat Management technologies. AIS now has a full Unified Threat Management subscription configured on their environment, including anti-virus, intrusion prevention, application control, content filtering, botnet detection and sandboxing.
Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
What they do
Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a private sector-led, publicly funded organisation that is essentially an economic facilitator which ensures that public sector funding is used appropriately in the local region. They work on a wide variety of ventures including large infrastructure projects and incorporate Marketing Cheshire, which promotes the area to visitors and businesses, as well as the Visitor Information Centre in Chester.
I am entirely happy with Ben and his team – they were really aware of and sensitive to the human aspect of the project. The ongoing weekly meetings are very valuable, discussing not just technical, but cultural issues. The LEP made the investment, with the intention of maximising the efficiencies that it can bring, with links to other applications, as appropriate. It’s done a lot for user adoption, despite the change. You always have champions and strugglers, but the feedback has been really positive, which is a huge compliment to Blaze.Finance and Commercial Director | Cheshire and Warrington LEP
The LEP has grown rapidly as an entity in the last couple of years, from a small strategic unit, to one which now runs numerous development programmes and has in total about 30 staff, along with the “Marketing Cheshire” team, which has another 10 to 15 staff. The LEP’s legacy infrastructure was ageing which was causing capacity and continuity issues. The infrastructure was on site, with no segregation and no failover options. In addition, the staff head count has increased in the past two years and there was insufficient internal resource to properly induct them in the technology.
The legacy networks of the LEP’s three locations were set up as completely separate tenants, making it impossible for the different groups to share things like call routing, central identity management, file sharing and application access.
Blaze delivered a comprehensive, multi-layered solution, the first step being to build an SD-WAN network using Fortinet technology that provides the ability to identify and route applications based on the business needs. Once the network infrastructure was consolidated, the server infrastructure for all three entities was also consolidated and migrated to Blaze Cloud for central hosting. This included all files, authentication and line of business applications (such as Sage financial system).
Unified threat management (UTM) was provided to protect the entire attack surface. This is monitored with the Blaze Network security information and event management platform and service.
Three separate Microsoft 365 organisational tenants were also consolidated into one share tenancy enhancing communication sharing and collaboration, and the business’ Mitel Unified Communications platform was also moved from on-premises into Blaze Cloud to provide a single unified communication platform across all three locations -addressing all telephony requirements.
Finally, a BlazeVault backup solution utilising Veeam technology provides business continuity and disaster recovery services for all information stored within the organisation.
The results have been good: SD-WAN has created seamless communication across all three sites prioritising application traffic flows and voice. Future-proofed, scalable and resilient infrastructure is now in place, enabling the LEP to improve productivity, and cost savings have been made on voice communications, infrastructure IT support and Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Blaze Networks now provides a single point of contact for support, acting as a completely outsourced IT department.
What they do
Colchester Zoo is home to 220 animal species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. Their mission is to provide a first-class experience for all visitors, as well as growing the visitors’ understanding and respect for animals.
We now have full redundancy and multiple failover protection on our core network infrastructure, thanks to Blaze. We are also benefiting from fast and efficient internet connectivity and greater storage capacity. The Zoo has been brought up to speed with modern technology and is secure and resilient.Business Development Manager | Colchester Zoo
An entire infrastructure refresh (including replacement of existing on-premise servers) and a new ticketing system, all to be hosted in the cloud. Server replacement was driven by a need for more storage, greater security and resilience. The work needed to be completed during a COVID-19 lockdown.
Blaze delivered Colchester Zoo an entire infrastructure refresh (including replacement of existing on-premise servers) and a new ticketing system, all hosted in the cloud.
The delivered solution included use of Blaze Cloud for hosting services, implementation of SD-WAN (employing Fortinet technology), provision of fibre optic leased line (with automatic fail-over to a wireless link), VoIP, UTM and other layered security measures.
Colchester Zoo now has full redundancy and multiple failover protection on their core network infrastructure, while also benefiting from fast and efficient internet connectivity and greater storage capacity. The Zoo has been brought up to speed with modern technology and is secure and resilient.
In doing so, Blaze have access to a vast array of products that allow us to overcome our customers’ business challenges and requirements.
Blaze is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Tier 1 Microsoft CSP Partner. We specialise in Microsoft 365 (including Teams and Teams Phone System), in Microsoft On-Premise and Hosted / Cloud Infrastructure, and enable businesses to continue their digital evolution by fully exploiting the latest capabilities of Microsoft products as they evolve.
Blaze is a Managed Secure Solutions Provider (MSSP) Advanced Partner of Fortinet, a global industry leader in the supply of secure networking infrastructure systems. Fortinet are our technology partner of choice when building customer-specific Private SD-WANs. A Leader in several of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, Fortinet equipment combines excellent performance with advanced security features, superb manageability, and excellent Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps.
Veeam is a highly respected leader in cloud-based backup and recovery software, data protection and advanced monitoring in the data centre. We have combined Veeam technology with our highly secure Blaze Cloud™ infrastructure to produce BlazeVault™, a highly dependable, secure, and resource-efficient solution which will keep downtime to an absolute minimum in the event of data loss in operational systems or ransomware attack.
Bitdefender is a global cybersecurity leader protecting over 500 million systems through OEM technology partnerships, including with many global IT companies. Tests show it is unmatched in Attack Prevention. Based on Bitdefender technology, Blaze Endpoint Protection hardens endpoints to prevent malware and malicious attacks, and it provides the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to dynamically respond to security incidents when they evade protection controls.
Cisco has long been the world’s pre-eminent network systems vendor, particularly for technology used at the core of major corporate networks and the internet. In addition to using Cisco equipment within our customers’ private networks, Blaze incorporates Cisco technology into the heart of our own network operations; the Blaze Private Core Network is built utilising Enterprise-class CISCO core routing equipment.
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