About

Why we are different

VESK are winners of the 2013 Green IT Awards, finalists of the 2014 BCS (The Chartered Institute of IT) Cloud Provider of the year awards and our primary datacentre is 100% carbon neutral.  In 2015, VESK were quoted by Citrix as their leading CSP (Citrix Service Provider).

VESK is now the fastest growing provider of Hosted Virtual Desktops in the UK. VESK enables you to access all your emails, files and business applications anywhere in the world using any device.

VESK has clients of all sizes and in most countries. VESK has been security assured to procure directly to the UK’s public sector and British Government, thanks to our tier 4 and ISO27001 datacentres.

VESK is different. Our core values are built on integrity and trust, our strategy is simply to grow something that we all love by building the largest, most reliable and secure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the world. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the team at VESK, we’ve seen the company grow at a healthy rate, and it’s not down to any one person but the collaboration of the technical and management team. We love being a small business and even though our staff numbers are increasing, we are and always will, maintain the innovation and intensity of a close knit winning team.

VESK is a subsidiary of Nasstar plc. Nasstar plc consists of five discrete subsidiary brands: Nasstar UK, Kamanchi, VESK, Modrus and e-know.net all complementary businesses but with respective focal points of hosted desktop, recruitment-oriented IT services, G-Cloud accredited virtual desktop and managed IT services.

Meet the Management Team

James Mackie – Managing Director

James is a thought leader in Cloud Computing, giving talks all over the world at events such as the Open Storage Summit in California, Datacentre World in London and the Cloud Storage Summit in Amsterdam.

James was appointed as Chairman of the European Citrix XenServer User group for 2 years running, appointed by Citrix.

Starting with a modest £14,000 investment, James has since raised and invested over £4m pounds into the VESK infrastructure, helping VESK become a leading provider in hosted VDI.

Most recent VR vlog;  VR, Virtual Reality Showdown

History

James left school at the age of 16 to start his career at the Ford Motor Company. As an apprentice, James completed 5 years of training in computing and advanced robotics becoming a fully qualified robotics engineer programming robots on the Ford production line.

After 5 years at Fords, James setup Appiam in 2003, an IT support company offering web development and local support & maintenance for physical desktops, servers and networks. James grew Appiam to a multi-million pound business within 5 years. Appiam’s client base included BT; building their internal telecoms solution matrix used by over 3,000 call centre staff in India, Nokia; building their mobile hosted email platform supported on 12m devices, and advising the UK Government on new Internet technologies. Appiam still operates, although most of its customers have been migrated to the VESK Cloud.

LinkedIn profile; https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/james-mackie/8/575/3a7/

Adam Gurney – Technical Director

Adam joined Appiam in 2006, after gaining a Computer Science Bsc from University of Northampton, as a member of the Technical Support team. Adam quickly rose up the ranks at Appiam to become the Companies IT Manager in 2009.

Adam was then tasked with heading up the Technical team for VESK in 2010, leaving Appiam to become VESK’s Technical Director.

Adam has been instrumental in the expansion of VESK, including the on-boarding of thousands of new users to the platform, growth of the Engineering team and ensuring VESK provide unrivalled levels of service.

Adam oversees VESK’s 3rd Line consisting of 10 Senior 3rd Line Engineers.  Adam also oversees all major infrastructure changes to the VESK Cloud and helps plan VESK’s infrastructure roadmap for future iterations of the platform.

Adam is now a shareholder and the Technical Director at VESK.

LinkedIn profile;  https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/adam-gurney/8/582/957

Eileen Silvester – Head of Accounts

Eileen has been with VESK since the company’s incorporation, managing VESK’s internal accounts team.

Before her time at VESK, Eileen also managed the accounts for Appiam. Prior to Appiam, Eileen gained 31 years experience of managing company accounts for one of the UK’s leading bookmakers who have since been acquired by William Hill.

Richard De Napoli – Infrastructure Manager

Richard joined VESK in 2011 as Senior Storage Architect bringing to the company a wealth of knowledge and experience in storage networks. Richard has many accreditations to his name and was brought in to specifically manage the storage element of the platform.

In 2012 Richard was assigned to manage the storage and server infrastructure with his main area of expertise covering the storage and virtualisation layers of the platform.

Richard oversees VESK’s storage and server infrastructure and is constantly implementing new features for monitoring and performance enhancement.  Richard has been instrumental in growing the platform, now boasting multiple storage clusters serving Petabytes of high end data to real-time virtual servers, hosted on fault tolerant hypervisors.

LinkedIn profile; https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/richard-de-napoli/42/2b/abb

“One of the biggest benefits of VESK is that our staff can check emails 24/7 enabling them to effectively work from home which is not only beneficial for them but also for our Clients.”

Stewart StockerLauriston Saggar

“As a small business with no space for servers, this is definitely the way forward and I have no hesitation in recommending VESK to any organisation. Thanks for all your support and long may you continue being head and shoulders above any other IT company”

Jason BlayneTandT Recruitment

“After an extensive and exhaustive review of the available providers of hosted desktop solutions in the UK, we feel that VESK can offer the best service and stability to our customers requiring this type of solution.”

Virtual IT

“VESK matches our company ambitions: to deliver the best services to staff and scale quickly to meet the growing needs of customers”

Mark CameronAstbury Marsden

“We requested virtual desktops and application delivery via VESK’s G-Cloud offering. The services are as described on the G-Cloud website, have been easy and cost effective to setup, support has been fast and efficient, and requests for changes have taken hours rather than weeks. Its exactly what is expected of a cloud based service.”

Andrew WoodDepartment for Business Innovation & Skills

“A very co-operative and a friendly team to work with who thoroughly understand their client’s requirement and provide services accordingly. I’m highly satisfied with the help and support that VESK has provided me”

Chris KentStern Advisory Group

“The Foundation Trust Network are happy they made the right decision with hosted virtual desktops, and specifically VESK”

Robert DobellHart Square

“There have been articles debating the virtues of going down the path we have (cloud) with the consensus being lets wait until its all be proven beyond doubt to have the benefits claimed. They should speak to me because the benefits derived are obvious once you’ve taken the initial step.”

Frank QuigleyGuarding UK