Experience efficiency, agility, and flexibility in the ever-expanding world of IT

Bell Microsystems established by Alastair BellWho We Are

The world of IT optimisation can be chaotic and complex,
but it doesn’t have to be.

From datacentre and workload migration to complete lifecycle management, Bell simplifies each step. What makes our approach so unique? Our people rely on a creative intelligence that comes only with unparalleled experience. Such experience allows for greater flexibility in solving customer challenges, which larger companies find difficult to match. And with a more complete end-to-end stack of services than competitors in the same class, we provide a wider - and better - range of outcomes to meet and exceed our customers’ business objectives.

Currently with over 200 permanent staff and over 50 associates employed at locations in London, Portsmouth, and on many customer sites, and with operations in Singapore, New York, and New Zealand, Bell has grown rapidly and continues to do so.

The business has acquired a string of awards and accolades, including listings in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 and The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100. It has also featured regularly in The Business Magazine's Solent 250 and Southern Tech 100, and founder and chairman Alastair Bell is well known for his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.

Bell is at the forefront of helping companies drive down operating costs and improve their ability to engage with their own customers, either by supporting the growth of their channels to market, or by aiding their responsiveness and service quality.

Timeline - A Brief History

  • 1996: Bell Microsystems established by Alastair Bell
  • 1998: Sun Microsystems accreditation achieved for datacentre products
  • 2000: HP and IBM datacentre accreditations achieved, reflecting an increasing breadth of service
  • 2002: Opened HQ at New Hampshire Court in Portsmouth
  • 2006: Opened logistics facilities at Voyager Park in Portsmouth in order to offer customers an end-to-end, secure IT Lifecycle Management service
  • 2009: ISO14001 achieved (Environmental Standards) to help identify and control Bell's environmental impact and to constantly improve environmental performance
  • 2009: OHSAS18001 achieved (Health & Safety Management System) to create the best possible working conditions across the business and to demonstrate compliance to our customers and partners
  • 2009: ISO9001 achieved (Quality Management) to ensure that Bell's products and services consistently meet customer requirements, and that quality is consistently improved
  • 2011: Established a Singapore office to service current customers in APAC as well as develop a regional customer base
  • 2011: Established a Singapore office to service current customers in APAC as well as develop a regional customer base
  • 2011: Waste Carrier Licence granted to Bell for the collection, recycling, recovery and disposal of waste for our customers
  • 2012: Bell awarded Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) status at our Voyager Park facility for the treatment of waste electrical and electronic wastes
  • Mid 2012: Nick Petheram joined as Managing Director to develop the corporate strategy to enhance Bell's service offering to include resource services and consulting, in addition to our ITLM offering
  • End 2012: A new London office was opened to be closer to our expanding customer base, our partners and colleagues
  • Early 2013: Bell offered teams of colleagues and customers a new home post 2e2 entering into administration
  • Mid 2013: Alastair Bell moved into the role of Chairman and Nick Petheram became CEO to continue the growth of Bell through services
  • End 2013: Absorbed Hamilton Asset Management to cement our position in the provision of secure and compliant data destruction and asset management services
  • End 2013: Bell built its first 24-7 NOC in Portsmouth to service the burgeoning on- and off-site managed service demand
  • Early 2014: Bell offered former GlassHouse customers and colleagues a sensible and welcome home, which extended our advisory and transformation offering
  • Early 2014: Bell won Oracle Specialised Partner of the Year 2014 Award for Server and Storage Systems
  • Mid 2014: Achieved ADISA (Distinction) status for the provision of secure asset recovery and data services

Learn How We Can Help!

Streamline your IT operations for efficiency, reduced operational costs, and increased ROI whether engaging in a migration, optimisation, end-to-end lifecycle management project, or more. Call +44 2392 825925 or fill out our contact form today.

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Each of our services are part of a graduated engagement process, leading to either discreet packages of work to perform more detailed analyses, or if desired, complete end-to-end migration, optimisation, monitoring, procurement, or IT lifecycle management.

Agility and Flexibility

Strengthen and Streamline Your Operations

The internet has forever changed the way we do business, and as a result, IT is a critical enabler for growth, employee productivity, and organisational efficiency. Put simply, IT is under immense pressure to deliver more for less. As technology and the web continue to evolve, organisations can easily find themselves lost in the rapidly expanding landscape. Aligning IT strategies to business goals, while ensuring any implemented strategy can quickly respond to changing needs, is quite challenging, indeed.

Bell works cross-company to advise, assess, and define IT strategies for infrastructure, cloud options, and related services.

A View from the Clouds

Which Hosting Platform is Right for You?

IT organisations are increasingly considering cloud services to address the constant cycle of procuring infrastructure, upgrading datacentre facilities, and having to manage an ever-sprawling datacentre estate. Bell's cloud solutions provide a viable alternative to more traditional hosting environments, with the added benefits of increased commercial and technical flexibility.

Rapid adoption of cloud solutions is driven by a need to reduce costs and improve agility. The challenge for organisations is to determine which applications to move to the cloud, and which public, private, or hybrid cloud model to choose.

On the Move

Simplifying Migration with Creative Intelligence

In this modern age of cloud computing, datacentre optimisation, overnight acquisitions and separations, and continually evolving technologies, many organisations will eventually be faced with the challenge of migrating some or all of their workloads or operations. Moving critical business applications - either virtually or physically - is complex and risky.

When considering workload migration, many organisations approach with the same question: Where should we start, and what will be the subsequent business disruption? These concerns, along with a general confusion about the various types of IT environments available, prevent a number of businesses from ever moving forward with migration services. We can help.

Improving Efficiency

The Things You Can't See May Be Holding You Back

Modern day organisations are continually challenged to improve the efficiency of their datacentres. Research by IT analysts reveals that most datacentres have underutilised servers and storage, and still offer unrealised opportunities to significantly reduce operating costs and power, as well as improving overall efficiency.

With constant pressure on IT to continue delivering BAU services, as well as offering new services in weeks instead of months, it is difficult to step back and review the facilities, hardware, and even operational governance within the datacentre. Bell can help change that.

Experience Agility

The Right People, the Right Places, the Right Times

In the rapidly and ever evolving world of IT, keeping up with the knowledge-based demands of technology is a challenge many organisations face. Businesses continually find difficulty in matching the volume of skill sets of their permanent staff with the service needs of their operation, managing with the peaks and troughs of resource demand and often coming up short.

How can organisations achieve the right blend of quality, flexibility, and cost effectiveness from their technical teams, while ensuring contractor staff doesn’t hold them to ransom? How can they avoid high turnaround or the dubious effectiveness of unknown resources? Simple. They rely on Bell.

Boost Productivity

With Our People, Our Process, and Our IP

Bell's team, consisting of highly experienced specialists, offers our customers an extensive range of capabilities aimed at driving continued improvement through creative intelligence and innovation, delivered in a flexible and cost effective model, suited to our customer's specific requirements. We do not employ a one-size-fits-all process. Every business is unique, with individual differentiators and challenges. Bell services are designed to be flexible and agile, to help organisations increase their own flexibility and agility within the IT environment.

Let Bell help streamline your IT operations for efficiency, reduced operational costs, and continual ROI.

A Comprehensive Solution

From Procurement to Disposal

The provisioning of assets, rapid deployment, in-life support, and asset retirement is still a fundamental requirement for all IT managers. With technology continuing to evolve at a rapid page, and more and more devices entering enterprises, organisations are experiencing difficulty managing the IT lifecycle.

Bell offers a single solution, with a one-service contract and a dedicated point of contact. Our asset disposal services hold the highest level of accreditation and have a track record of zero data loss since the service was first provided nearly 20 years ago. We can negotiate the best possible acquisition price when our customers look to acquire or retire assets.

Save Time, Money, and Resources

Reduce the Cost of Procurement

Procurement agents and teams in large companies are increasingly looking for ways to reduce cost and complexity when buying low value run-rate items, hardware, or software for their organisations. Supporting a team of buyers to source these types of products is expensive and time-consuming.

Outsourcing procurement for these products offers value that is underpinned by otherwise unavailable service levels, unmatched savings, and access to thousands of 3rd party suppliers across Europe. A fixed-fee structure, such as one employed by Bell, can bring extensive benefits through a single supplier model.

Bell is an IT services and consulting company focused on reducing the cost of IT, helping improve service delivery and sustainability with a unique approach built upon our people, our process, and our IP.