Xalient furthers its global growth ambition with new appointments

Global network transformation company Xalient is delighted to announce the appointments of Abbas Sadiq, Kendal Stacey and Laura Stephenson to its growing global business development team. Bringing with them rich experience in both sales and networking technologies, they will be responsible for client management and developing opportunities across the UK and EMEA.

This further strengthens the company’s global growth program, that has seen it expand its customer base substantially in the last 12 months, both in the UK and US, whilst winning international business awards for growth and service excellence.

The UK-based firm with offices in Leeds, London and Chicago, specialises in new, disruptive network technologies and services to help organisations transform and secure their networks.

“We are delighted to welcome Laura, Kendal and Abbas to the Xalient team during what is a very exciting time for the company” says Commercial Director EMEA, Steve Tucker.

“The impact of COVID-19 has seen the flexibility and resilience of organizations’ networks take centre stage as they strive to keep their businesses operating as normal whilst preparing for the longer term.  

Mobile workforces, cloud migration and edge security are all areas that have come into the spotlight, providing an added boost to a market that was already developing rapidly prior to the impact. This has further validated Xalient’s portfolio of services, and, as a result, we are continuing to see growth in demand.

The expansion of our team, and the added experience they bring, will be invaluable as we continue to deliver transformative network solutions to our rapidly expanding, global customer base.”

Global network services provider Xalient is proud to have been named Specialist Vendor of the Year at the 2020 UK IT Industry Awards. 


The UK IT Industry Awards are the largest and most well-known event in the technology industry calendar, hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Computing magazine. The awards celebrate organisational and individual excellence, recognising those who are inspiring the next generation of IT professionals and helping to shape the future of IT, technology and digital society.


Xalient beat stiff competition to take home the Specialist Vendor of the Year award, which recognises excellence in the provision of IT systems by a specialist supplier that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months.


Over the past 12 months, Xalient has demonstrated a solid platform for future growth, acquiring large global clients, processes, a sound financial footing, an innovative portfolio and growing market reputation. This has seen a significant rise in both brand awareness and demand for Xalient’s solutions and services, sparking new conversations and bolstering revenues. 


Speaking of the award win, Sherry Vaswani, CEO at Xalient commented:


“Naturally we’re thrilled to have received this award. Xalient has enjoyed a strong year in 2020, so to be recognised as the industry’s best Specialist Vendor is a huge honour. These awards showcase some of the most inspiring and best in our industry, and to be recognised at the highest national level is a great achievement for the team. 


Xalient was built on a foundation of specialising in new, disruptive network technologies and services to help organisations transform and secure their networks – something that has become ever more important in these challenging times. This award gives us the confidence going into 2021 that we’re heading in the right direction, as we continue to strive to deliver more and more ambitious network transformation projects for our customers.”


The winners of the UK IT Industry Awards were announced November 11, in a virtual awards ceremony. The Awards comprised 31 categories, recognising the IT industries top companies and leaders for their outstanding efforts at a time when IT and digital services are playing a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic. A complete list of all the UK IT Awards winners can be found here.


About Xalient

Xalient is a disruptive network transformation company that specialises in software-defined networking, cloud security and unified communications, providing an innovative and independent alternative to traditional service providers. Our services are provided to large and global enterprises through a range of consulting and managed services, delivered from our offices in the UK and USA.


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Phil Davies, Marketing Manager at Xalient. Email: phil.davies@xalient.com

Xalient (www.xalient.com), global providers of secure network transformation services, today announces the ‘at-scale’ launch of Martina, a unique AI-powered ‘virtual engineer’ that strengthens Xalient’s Managed Services portfolio with the capability to provide advanced self-diagnosing and self-healing network monitoring. 

Martina, named after her core capability of Monitoring through Artificial Intelligence and Analytics, brings further innovation to the Xalient365 Managed Service, and delivers significant benefits to Xalient customers. 

Xalient has worked with a team of Networking and AI research experts at The University of Bradford, through its Knowledge Transfer Partnership to develop and then pilot Martina successfully in a number of Xalient’s customers in recent months. The University of Bradford was selected by Xalient for its reputation as a leading technology university, one that has digital innovation at the forefront of its research, and whose research is regarded as world-leading and internationally recognised.

As networks become ever more complex with increasing numbers of connected devices and traffic, being able to diagnose and resolve network performance issues or potential security breaches quickly and efficiently has become a major headache for large organisations. Xalient, through its Xalient365 Managed Service already supports and protects its many global customers with proactive network monitoring services. In Xalient’s pursuit of continuous service innovation, Martina takes this service capability to a new level, providing a market differentiator that it is unique to Xalient. 

Sherry Vaswani, Founder & CEO at Xalient commented “Prediction is key in any walk of life to make decisions and changes; it’s no different monitoring massively complex global networks and security. If you know what issues might occur in advance, you can radically improve the outcome. After two years of investment we’re now really excited to introduce Martina fully into our Xalient365 Managed Service offering, augmenting the sophisticated monitoring tools already used within our SD-WAN portfolio”.  

Using vast amounts of machine learning and big data analyses, Martina uses predictive analytics to solve performance issues, often before users are even aware of them. This delivers an improved customer experience, enabling the collection of actionable insights that drive network performance and importantly, enabling faster identification and resolution of network issues. Through an intelligent customer service dashboard, Martina uses advanced pattern algorithms and draws on customer-specific data analyses, creating a bespoke, enhanced service experience. 

Mark Cooke, Xalient’s Chief Operating Officer is excited about the benefits Martina brings to Xalient’s customers: “As our virtual engineer, Martina can help triage and resolve issues much faster, often, through self-healing. This results in less downtime, enhanced security and a better experience for our customers. Its development has also provided our people with a great opportunity to be involved at the forefront of AI innovation, particularly where the outcome means they can focus on more strategic aspects of service delivery while Martina takes care of many of the day to day issues.”

“As more and more companies look to providers like Xalient to manage their complex global networks, we see Martina as a distinct market differentiator. Using the power of AI, we look forward to further developing Martina’s capabilities through our collaboration with the University of Bradford as we drive towards the autonomous networks of the future” added Sherry Vaswani.

We’re delighted to announce that Xalient has successfully been awarded a place on the G-Cloud 12 Framework as a Crown Commercial Services approved supplier of cloud services in the areas of networks, security and communications infrastructure.

A member of the previous G-Cloud 11 framework, this reaffirms Xalient’s commitment to delivering transformative network technologies to the public sector. The framework is underpinned by the government’s ‘Cloud First’ policy and approach to IT, encouraging public sector organisations to utilise modern, cloud solutions rather than onsite alternatives. Organisations are able to search and choose from various suppliers offering cloud-based and digital technology services in the UK via the Digital Marketplace website with the peace of mind they are purchasing from an approved G-Cloud supplier.

Steve Tucker, Commercial Director EMEA at Xalient commented: “Being awarded a place on this latest iteration of G-Cloud is fantastic news. We’re excited to offer a wider range of services on this framework, which will help organisations as they accelerate their digital transformation initiatives in the new normal. We can ensure their networks and their people are secure – more important than ever with the massive shift to remote working – agile and future-proofed.

You can find the full listing of Xalient services available through the framework here.


We are delighted to announce that Xalient has achieved the new Silver Peak Certified Deployment Partner (CDP) Accreditation.

One of just six organisations worldwide to have successfully obtained the certification, the CDP program enables select partners to resell and deploy the Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform, supporting customer WAN and security transformation initiatives.

“Becoming a Silver Peak CDP partner, coupled with our extensive global deployment experience in SD-WAN,  enables us to further our mission of helping forward-thinking enterprises become more resilient, adaptable and responsive to change,” said Sherry Vaswani, CEO at Xalient. “It also underscores our expertise in guiding customers successfully through WAN and security transformations, building networks that accelerate their business.”

To participate in the CDP program, Xalient completed a rigorous training and certification regimen that requires advanced deployment certifications with proctored exams. CDP partner certifications include:

  • SSP – Sales Professional
  • STSP – Technical Sales Professional
  • SPSP – Technical Professional
  • SPSX – Technical Expert
  • SDP – Deployment Professional
  • SDX – Deployment Expert

To assure success with customers, CDPs are initially required to partner with a Silver Peak deployment engineer to demonstrate the requisite skill and acumen that spans initial design, deployment plan and post-deployment reviews.

“Modern enterprises are quickly recognizing that their legacy networks are holding them back from realizing the full transformational promise of the cloud and many are seeking skilled partners to drive their WAN and security transformation initiatives,” said Ken Marks, vice president of North America channel sales for Silver Peak. “This provides an unprecedented opportunity for our partners to bring new levels of business value to customers by attaining the training and certifications required to successfully drive SD-WAN deployments. The CDP program is architected to scale both the number of customers we can serve as well as the number of partners that we can enable to build high-growth profitable SD-WAN business practices – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Get in touch via hello@xalient.com to find out more about Xalient’s transformative networking solutions and services.

We’re proud to announce that Xalient was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the ‘Company of the Year’ category in The 17th Annual International Business Awards® today. The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program with more that 3,800 entries from organisations in 63 nations and territories.

Xalient CEO Sherry Vaswani said, “We’re thrilled and proud to receive this award for our international business achievements over the past twelve months. It’s testament to the hard work and customer focus of our teams in the UK and USA and the great clients we get to work for right across the globe.”

In reviewing Xalient’s business success during the last year, the international panel of judges pointed to “evidence of a very successful business that has developed a business on an emerging market need, which focuses on innovation and solving its customer problems successfully, whilst investing in its people. Congratulations on an impressive growth story and strong customer traction.”

The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA


About Xalient: Xalient is a disruptive network transformation company that specialises in software-defined networking, cloud security and unified communications, providing an innovative and independent alternative to traditional service providers. Our services are provided to large and global enterprises through a range of consulting and managed services, delivered from our offices in the UK and USA.

Follow us on our blog, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Xalient (www.xalient.com), global providers of secure network transformation services, today announced it has been named as a finalist in this year’s prestigious BCS & Computing UK IT Awards.

 Paul Fletcher, Group CEO, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “Congratulations to Xalient for being shortlisted, they clearly demonstrate the highest levels of excellence and innovation across today’s IT sector. These awards showcase some of the most inspiring and best in our industry, and it is a significant achievement to be shortlisted.”

Sherry Vaswani, Group CEO, Xalient, commented “Being recognised as an example of best practice and innovation in our industry is a great honour. We’ve worked hard over the last 5 years to build an amazing team and global client portfolio, both of which we are immensely proud. It is they who have helped create our success story and earn this accolade for Xalient.”

The awards are supported by Computing who commented on Xalient’s success: “Being shortlisted for the UK IT Industry Awards is a massive achievement, as it means that individual, team, organisation or product is among the best in its field. The unique, rigorous and independent judging process sets these awards apart, and mean that only the finest submissions are able to progress to the face to face judging rounds. Very well done to all the finalists in being shortlisted, you should be very proud as it’s a fantastic achievement.”


About Xalient: Xalient is a disruptive network transformation company that specialises in software-defined networking, cloud security and unified communications, providing an innovative and independent alternative to traditional service providers. Our services are provided to large and global enterprises through a range of consulting and managed services, delivered from our offices in the UK and USA.

Follow us on our blog, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the Awards: The British Computer Society (BCS) & Computing UK IT Industry Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. www.ukitawards.co.uk


Sherry Vaswani, CEO and Founder of Xalient, has been listed in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2020.

Having an eye for technology, and a keen entrepreneurial spirit, Sherry founded the Worldstone Group in 1994, growing it to be a successful IT managed service business that was acquired in 2012 by a major global carrier.

Fast forward to 2014, Sherry identified a new and disruptive market opportunity and so set herself another challenge – establishing Xalient – since grown to be an established global provider of network transformation solutions and service with a portfolio of customers including well-known brands such as Kellogg’s, Hamleys and Keurig Dr. Pepper.

Her reputation has been built on helping global enterprises accelerate their digital transformation, and achieve their wider business objectives, through implementing digital strategies and adopting innovative cloud technologies. Sherry’s keen focus on customers and employees and her relentless drive for service excellence, have ensured rapid growth for Xalient in the last 5 years, and with huge ambitions for the future.

The recognition as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech won’t come as a surprise to her colleagues, past or present, as not only does Sherry wave the flag for women in the tech industry herself, but she also encourages others to do the same, and is regularly involved in women in tech and diversity initiatives throughout the year.

About Xalient

Xalient was ‘born in the cloud’ where rapid deployment and remote management of new software-defined networks, cloud-driven security, access and communication solutions are the norm. We’re independent of solution providers and carriers, so our clients have choice and we offer tailored, not standard solutions. Our strong business understanding and deep technical know-how, combined with market leading AI-driven managed services, make us a natural choice for forward-thinking global enterprises.


Pictured: Steve Tucker

The appointment comes hot on the heels of another year of record growth for Xalient, with new global contracts and managed identity and secure SD-WAN services driving year-on-year growth of over 50%.

Steve has been brought on board to continue driving this expansion with responsibility for strategic sales leadership and further growing and developing the UK sales team, mirroring the recent appointment of Mike Shishman to lead Xalient’s expansion in the US.

Steve joins from HPE Aruba, where, most recently, he was responsible for leading UK Sales. He brings  over 20 years experience in enterprise and channel sales across all areas of IT including cloud, networks, unified communications and outsourcing.

Sherry Vaswani, CEO, commented on the appointment: “We’re really excited to welcome Steve on board. His wealth of experience will be a great asset to the team as we pursue our aggressive growth strategy and continue to expand our presence in the large enterprise marketplace.”

Steve added, “I’ve joined an innovative, disruptive and fast-paced company at an exciting period. Xalient has achieved amazing success in such a short space of time. It’s clear that large enterprises have realised the need to have a cloud-ready network infrastructure to help them accelerate their business rather than being constrained by legacy technology. I look forward to working with the team to build on the success to date.”

October is #CyberSecurity month so what better time to announce that we’ve obtained Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is a widely recognised, government-backed scheme that assists businesses in protecting themselves against cyber-attacks, viruses and malware. In an age where organisations rely so heavily upon the sound operation of their IT infrastructures, a cyber-attack can have far reaching and devastating consequences costing organisations time, money and resources, as well as impacting heavily upon their reputation.

This accreditation further evidences our commitment to always ensuring that sensitive and confidential information is handled securely and is safe from security breaches. Attaining Cyber Essentials certification shows that we take cyber security and the protection of our client’s data seriously.

You can view our Cyber Essentials certificate here.