M247, a leading global provider of secure connectivity, cloud and hosting services, has welcomed Paul Sheard as customer solutions architect. Coinciding with the launch of M247’s own cloud solution, 247Cloud, Sheard’s appointment will bolster the pre-sales team in its support of businesses through their digital transformations to future-proof their businesses.

In his new role, Sheard will be work with M247’s customers to design and deliver a cloud solution that fulfils their current and future cloud computing requirement.

With over 15 years’ experience working both in-house and as a consultant, Sheard has a wealth of experience in providing cloud services and delivering complex IT infrastructure projects. He holds all four VMware VCP6 qualifications and an AWS-certified solutions architect qualification.

M247’s 247Cloud solution, which launched in December 2019, offers customers a choice of public, private and hybrid cloud services. The infrastructure, hosted from M247’s data centres in Manchester and Bucharest, is supported by data backup, disaster recovery, networking, security and storage technologies, and offers businesses a flexible and agile cloud operating model with the ability to scale at speed.

Sheard will be based in the Manchester office, but will spend most of his time at customer meetings to truly understand their requirements and challenges in order to provide the best possible recommendations.

Darryl Petch, M247 pre-sales team leader, commented: “We pride ourselves on our pre-sales team, employing best in the industry to provide solutions and help customers make the best possible technology choices. As digital transformation and the move to cloud becomes increasingly important to our customers and with the launch of our new cloud product, 247Cloud, it’s a critical time for our business to offer support and expertise in this area. Paul brings an incredible amount of technical experience in this area, as well as a deep understanding of project management and customer relationships.”

Commenting on his appointment, Sheard said: “I am excited to join the team at such a pivotal time for the business. M247’s rapid growth and opportunity within the cloud space, alongside their technologies and investment in them, were huge factors in my decision to join the company. I’m looking forward to helping the business support its customers as they grow.”

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