• ISO 27001 Certification

    Accredited to ISO 27001 standard - the internationally recognised certification available for ensuring information security and business continuity best practice Read More
  • Cloud Solutions

    SotaCLOUD flexible computing deployed and managed in data centres owned by Sota for uncompromising performance security and high-availability Read More
  • Backup and Recovery

    SotaPROTECT back-up and replication provided as a managed service with ultra high-speed recovery to prevent data loss and minimise downtime Read More
  • Connectivity

    SotaCONNECT enterprise-class Internet access and Ethernet services designed and managed to create a resilient high availability network infrastructure Read More
  • Data Centres

    Dual data centres with 24x7 secure access owned and managed by Sota conveniently located in Kent for secure housing of servers and resources Read More
  • Hosted Telephony

    SotaVOIP next generation SIP telephony hosted in Sota data centres and network integrated to provide enhanced functionality and lower costs Read More
  • Network Security

    SotaSECURE firewall filtering and anti-virus technologies provided as a managed service for proactive protection of corporate network environments Read More
  • Managed Systems

    SotaMANAGED hardware and software maintained and supported by Sota engineers with controlled life-cycle management and technology refresh Read More
  • Technical Support

    SotaCOVER technical support provided by experienced and qualified IT engineers within the professional framework of a managed service desk Read More
  • Disaster Recovery

    SotaDR integrated business continuity and disaster recovery services with the convenience of a 100 seat workplace recovery facility located in Kent Read More
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Sota Solutions was established in 1989 by father and son team, Michael and Paul Cowham. From start-up in the early days of the PC revolution, the company is today one of the UK's most succesful independent IT service providers, managing contracts valued at more than £10m. 

Initially specialising in the supply and support of accounting software for small businesses, Sota became the dominant financial software reseller in south-east England by the end of the 90's. Customers demanded accounting software, but also the IT platform to run it on, so a team of professional IT engineers and technicians was employed, and hardware and networking services were developed to enable Sota to provide a complete solution.

By the late 90's, Sota invested in hardware, software and fibre connectivity to become one of the first business Internet service providers in the region.  Sota developed expertise in Internet technologies, and business customers benefited from a single source of supply for software, hardware and Internet services. 

Sota also recognised the convergence of voice and data. An established supplier of telephone systems was acquired by Sota in 2000, and voice services were integrated with Sota's core technical services.  Sota is now at the forefront of the voice-over-IP revolution.

By 2002, Sota made a strategic decision to focus entirely on IT platform and infrastructure services, so all accounting software activities were seamlessly transferred to a specialist accounting software service provider and in exchange their engineering resources and agreements were successfully transferred to Sota.  

Sota relocated to Kent Science Park in 2004, after successfully connecting the twenty-five acre site to provide superfast Internet access. A commercial-grade data centre was constructed to house the Sota Internet services platform. Customer demand for co-location led to the construction of a second data centre in 2005, followed by a higher specification data centre and workplace recovery facility three years later.

The core network was upgraded to 10Gbps and extended to provide physical diversity between the Sota data centres and Internet exchanges in London. Sota also became a network operator in its own right by acquiring a regional fibre-optic network from an international carrier in 2009.

In the new era of Cloud computing, Sota has leveraged a significant long-term investment in people, knowledge, and specialist technical facilities to build a unique cloud platform.  This now forms the basis of a new generation of flexible, cost-effective managed services and solutions.

 

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