Zen, the telecommunications and internet service provider, has been recognized as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Partner.

In addition to providing a full range of data, voice, hosting and infrastructure services to homes and businesses across the UK, Zen also provides business-grade broadband, ethernet and data services for a wide range of large business and corporate customers. It employs more than 400 staff and in 2017 generated revenues of £63.5m.

Designed to help cloud architects build resilient, high-performing, secure and efficient infrastructure for applications, the AWS Well-Architected Framework now allows Zen customers to access a team of experts to help them with their requests, such as how to optimise costs and ensure that their environment is following security best practices.

With more than five years of experience working with AWS, Zen’s expertise can help customers to get the most from AWS. One of the first customers to sign up to AWS Well-Architected Framework from Zen was UK online gift retailer, Prezzybox.

“We’ve been working with both Zen and AWS for a long time, but Zen achieving this accreditation takes our relationships to the next level,” said Craig Lager, head of IT at Prezzybox.

“As an online retailer, we’re operating in an incredibly competitive environment so our infrastructure needs to be running at a high level, particularly during peak events. This means we need to be working with a company that is consistently running best practices, particularly when it comes to the cloud.

“Tapping into Zen’s expertise keeps us at the forefront of technological developments for future projects moving forward.”

Now with a growing number of AWS-accredited experts, Zen said its expertise in the AWS Well-Architected Framework will help it address five critical areas where customers need support along their cloud journey:  security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational excellence, and cost optimisation.

“We are proud to build on our strong relationship with AWS and be recognised as an accredited AWS Well-Architected Partner,” said John Lyons, general manager, cloud & hosting at Zen.

“We’ve been implementing this level of best practices for a number of years but this accreditation helps to further recognise the expertise we’re able to offer our customers. It’s an exciting time in the cloud space and we’re delighted to be able to offer the kind of bespoke service businesses want in building applications and systems on AWS.”