Excel targets closed and open networking with new appointment

Excel IT has appointed Peter Williams as a Solutions Architect with responsibility for developing the company’s networking services.

Excel is one of Europe’s leading independent IT infrastructure and network specialists, delivering data centre and office/campus services for clients across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

As well as growing the company’s existing legacy network services, Peter will support the development of new open networking solutions.

Excel Sales Director John Smethurst said: “Network solutions are undergoing what is arguably their biggest transformation in decades.

“Business factors such as rapidly increasing data and traffic volumes are driving this on the demand side, while innovations including open networking technology are shaping it on the supply side.

“Peter’s appointment provides Excel not only with additional expertise around legacy networked solutions, but also insight into the ways in which our enterprise customers can evaluate and implement their own open network solution.”

Peter Williams has been involved in the data and voice networking industry for more than 30 years, working for vendors like 3Com and Extreme Networks and for value-added resellers accredited to Cisco, HP and Nortel Networks.

He has worked on major network implementations for organisations including the BBC, Eli Lilly, Westfield Shopping Centres, university campus’ and many data centres.

Over the last two years he has been at the forefront of developments in open and software defined networking.

Peter explained: “Hyperscale data centre operators like Facebook, Google and Microsoft no longer use the major legacy vendors’ equipment to deliver networking services.  Instead they use open or ‘bare metal’ equipment with bespoke software, allowing them to achieve huge benefits in choice, flexibility and cost.

“Excel is now making those benefits available to the wider data centre owner and user community, who have neither comparable resources nor the army of engineers required to write their own bespoke networking solutions.

“The ‘white-box’ open networking hardware and new open network operating systems we can now offer represent extraordinary new opportunities for choice and value to these customers.”

Read more about Excel’s networking solutions.