The systems integrator Niu has launched a pay-as-you-go package of managed IT services called One Workspace, bundling various services that it can offer due to the specialisations of the four companies from which it was formed.
One Workspace was unveiled on Wednesday at the IP Expo in London. One customer — the new UK bank MetroBank — has been testing it for the last couple of months, according to Niu business development manager Phil Clark.
In 2008, Niu formed out of the amalgamation of four companies: the telecoms companies Telinet and Ipitomi, the on-site IT company Evolution Voice & Data, and the hosted IT company Pasporte. Clark told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that Niu was able to differentiate itself from its rivals due to the breadth of its services.
"A lot of players are very good on the IT side but not so hot on the telephony side, and in the telecoms space it's the other way round," Clark said, adding that the company resells hosted IT from Orange Business Services. "The acquisitions we've been through are very targeted and focused, so we've got a good breadth of skills in the organisation — plenty of Cisco engineers, plenty of Mitel engineers."
Clark claimed the MetroBank deal proved the security of One Workspace, which adds an end-to-end service-level agreement (SLA) to the various existing services that it comprises.