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Cassius Group is a specialist in the field of IT, Data Centre, Audio Visual and Physical Security Infrastructure with major offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. We offer cost effective, customized technology solutions to clients throughout Asia.

OUR MISSION is to be a recognized leader in our field with a reputation of successfully delivering professionally managed systems and services to our clients worldwide.

OUR APPROACH is focused on consistently providing superior value to our clients through the allocation of high caliber, experienced resources to each element of our organization.

about the group

Cassius Group was formed in order to meet the ever increasing demand for IT Infrastructure services throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our footprint has now spread across continent to Europe, where we have established key offices located in London and Manchester. Cassius Group has been operating since 2004, and we now provide a wide range of systems and services to business in a number of key global cities, giving us the ability to benefit our clients and partners in terms consistent delivery throughout our area of coverage. Our principal offices are located in London and Hong Kong and we have group offices and strategic partnerships throughout Asia.Cassius Group provides Consultancy and Integration services to corporate clients ranging in size from small start-up businesses, to global financial organisations. Our expertise spans the Technology spectrum and complimented by industry recognized project management methodology, we are a valuable technology partner to businesses throughout the world.

Cassius Group has consistently delivered to an exceptional quality in the following key spaces:

Corporate office restack, relocation and turnkey design and build
Data Center design & build
Data Center tactical and strategic planning
Desktop and Data Center support
Technology project management
Business continuity and disaster recovery

Client references and case studies can be furnished upon request, a selection of which are downloadable from here

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“WHY CHOOSE CASSIUS?”

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a Consultant or System Integrator and in addition to the results the client will see upon reaching the defined objectives, the service level that they receive from pre-sale to closeout can vary immensely at each stage of the project lifecycle.

Cassius Group key differentiators are as follows:

Cassius Group considers every aspect of a project in order to maximize the positive impact on our clients throughout the project or service delivery.
Cassius Group prides ourselves on maintaining equal levels of approachability, both in and out of contract.
Cassius Group are not tied exclusively to a product or supplier as we take each project and tailor solutions to suit our clients, not ourselves.
Cassius Group allocates sufficient, appropriate resource to each role or task and the growth of our personnel will not put our client projects at risk.
Cassius Group will not reduce the quality of our service in order to cut costs.

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Cassius Group has a very unique, diversely experienced team, which gives us the ability to provide clients with specialist design, installation and support for every system supported. We strive to provide the best solution to our clients and achieve this through selecting the optimum products and working with reputable business partners.

Our services are delivered by industry experienced professionals, with client satisfaction as the primary objective. Our focus on and passion for what we do is apparent at every level of our organisation.

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STRUCTURED CABLING

Designing and planning a Structured Cabling plant design for your building, Data Centre or office, simplifies management of moves, additions and changes and provides you with a reliable infrastructure for data transport. This will simplify a majority of day-to-day administration headaches.

Your Structured Cabling system should ideally be designed in order to:

Align with business network resiliency requirements
Allow for additions, moves and changes, quickly and easily
Allows growth with minimal incremental cost
Accommodate a wide variety of hardware configurations and network topologies
Integrate with any computer and telephone system, to allow for maximum flexibility

Documentation

Network and cabling system documentation is generated graphically using Visio or AutoCAD. Cassisus can produce professional, full colour illustrations and documentation. These typically include logical network design, cable routing, user outlet referencing, circuit presentations, and cabinet elevations.

Testing and Certification

Many people "install" network cabling, but fail to actually test it. Devices may light up at both ends of the connection, but how do you really know that you're getting 100Mbps or 1000mbps and maybe not 10Mbps? When network problems arise, do you really want to have to worry about the wiring being suspect?

Because of the demanding requirements of today's network infrastructure, the only true way to confirm that your cable infrastructure actually meets the specifications and quality level that you've purchased is to test it. We test and certify all twisted-pair cabling for Industry category compliance (where applicable). We also test and certify all our fiber optic cabling installations. Once Cassius Group completes an installation, you can be assured that your physical infrastructure meets the specification that you have paid for.

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STRUCTURED CABLNG

Product

Our Structured Cabling and IT Enclosure solutions incorporate industry-leading products, which when installed, provide the customer with a product warranty. We have experience with most major manufacturers' products and can accommodate any specific client request. Products include but are not limited to the following:

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VOICE TECHNOLOGY

Telephone Systems

There are four major types of commercial telephone systems on the market today:

Key Systems.
Private Branch Exchanges (PBX's).
KSU-less phones.
IP Telephony.

IP Telephone systems utilize the internal data infrastructure, saving costs and simplifying changes. Management & administration costs are reduced. Voice over IP (VoIP) technology can be used to route telephone calls over data networks, instead of traditional phone lines, with potential cost and efficiency savings. For some businesses, IP Telephony systems can provide significant benefits and cost savings.

The type of system you choose will depend on how many stations (extensions) needed and what features are required. Cassius Group has the expertise to work with our clients in order to define the requirements based on functionality and cost.

Whether you are installing a new, replacing or expanding your current phone system, contact us for a no obligation consultation.

Voice Recording Solutions

It is predominantly the Public Safety, Financial and Call-Center industries that rely on the logging, monitoring and recording of mission critical telephone transactions or radio transmissions.

Cassius Group provides cost effective multimedia digital and IP recording solutions, applications and related professional services tailored to meet our clients' specific needs.

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AUDIO VISUAL /
VIDEO CONFERENCE TECHNOLOGY

Companies these days are striving to optimise their communications environment. With the use of audio visual integration, Audio/Video Conference, Telepresence, Streaming Video and various other technologies, bridging the distance between business entities can save time and money.

Cassius Group's specialist Audio Visual design engineers have delivered innovative solutions for numerous satisfied clients and our services span the spectrum from turnkey corporate Audio Visual Design and Build projects to commercial Audio Visual Consulting.

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NETWORK DESIGN and INTEGRATION

Proper network design and integration is vital to any company's productivity. Networks should be designed to provide your company with the optimum use of computer technology, whilst providing efficiency, resiliency and secure access to corporate resources. Cassius Group's accredited network engineers can help reduce the costs of initial implementation and ongoing maintenance by designing networks the right way, the first time.

Already have a network? Evaluation of an operational network can help in pinpointing operational bottlenecks and proves to be an invaluable tool in planning for future growth.

Cassius Group specialises in providing scalable network solutions ranging to complex environments involving multiple media, multiple protocols, and network interconnection.

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SERVERS, STORAGE, DESKTOP and PERIPHERALS

IT hardware and software portfolios are essential components in an ever-changing business environment. Cassius Group can offer cost effective solutions, either based on client standards, or specified to suit your business needs with a focus on performance, reliability, energy efficiency and minimisation of overall IT lifecycle costs.

Cassius Group has strong relationships with numerous technology brands and can offer ongoing support and maintenance packages.

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IT ENCLOSURES, RACKS and FRAMES

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing an enclosure, open frame or rack design for your IT equipment. It is very common for some of these factors to be overlooked and this can be costly in a number of ways. Some of the major considerations are:

Security
Airflow management
Power distribution
Cable Management
Space availability
Scalability

Cassius Group can provide a wide range of solutions and have the experience with consulting to clients on large scale Data Center projects. Cassius work with our clients and manufacturers to ensure that the functionality of your product suits the environment and maximises the efficiency of critical systems.

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PHYSICAL SECURITY

Cassius Group is a certified physical security system design and installation specialist with expertise in commercial, retail, industrial and residential installations.

Solutions offered by Cassius group cover multiple layers of physical security:

Access Control
Alarms
CCTV
Security Lighting

We consult with our clients in order to provide suitable solutions and we have a broad product range capable of meeting varying cost and configuration complexity.

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HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE RAISED FLOORING

Under-floor air distribution and access floor systems provide numerous advantages to commercial building owners and occupants. This is when compared to traditional overhead air distribution systems with "pipe and wire" data, telecommunications, and electrical distribution systems. Under-floor air systems can provide energy savings while improving comfort and indoor air quality in many applications. The additional costs of the access floor system are partially offset by savings in wiring and HVAC installation costs. In buildings where frequent remodelling is required, savings in remodelling costs alone can easily pay for the system. Improvements in occupant health and comfort due to improved indoor air quality can increase employee productivity and company profitability.

Cassius access flooring division has a team of skilled installers with 15 years experience of access flooring projects. We are proficient installers of a number of manufacturers' products and our installation efficiency is second to none.

Upon carrying out a site inspection, we will offer you a product that best suits your environment, budget and schedule.

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DEDICATED COOLING SYSTEMS

The specification, installation, and operation of IT environment cooling systems, are the most essential, yet least understood, of all critical IT environment processes. As the current and emerging IT hardware becomes smaller and uses the same or even more electricity than the equipment it replaced, more heat is being generated in Data Centers and Server Rooms. Precision cooling and heat rejection equipment is used to collect and transport this unwanted heat energy to the outside atmosphere.

Cassius Group provides engineering Consultancy Services, which take away the headache of choosing the most suitable, energy and cost-efficient space solution.

Air cooled systems (2-piece)

This type of system is often referred to as a DX system or split-type system. In an air cooled system half the components of the refrigeration cycle are in the computer room air conditioner (also known as a CRAC unit) and the rest are outdoors.

Air cooled self-contained systems (1-piece)

Self-contained systems locate all the components of the refrigeration cycle in one enclosure that is usually found in the IT environment.

Glycol cooled systems

This type of system locates all refrigeration cycle components in one enclosure (like a self-contained system) but replaces the bulky condensing coil with a much smaller heat exchanger.

Water cooled systems

Water cooled systems are similar to glycol cooled systems in that all refrigeration cycle components are located inside the computer room air conditioner. However, there are two important differences between a glycol cooled system and a water cooled system:

A water (also called condenser water) loop is used instead of glycol to collect and transport heat away from the IT environment
Heat is rejected to the outside atmosphere via a cooling tower instead of a fluid cooler.

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DEDICATED COOLING SYSTEMS

Chilled water systems

In a chilled water system the components of the refrigeration cycle are relocated from the computer room air conditioning systems to a device called a water chiller.

Other Elements of Precision Cooling Systems:

Airflow direction

Large floor mounted systems flow air in a downward direction (down-flow) or an upward direction (up-flow) and some can even flow horizontally (horizontal flow).

Down-flow systems are used in a raised floor environment or in a non-raised floor environment when system is mounted on a pedestal.

Up-flow systems are used in an existing up-flow environment.

Horizontal flow systems should be considered for IT consolidations and IT environment renovations using a hot/cold aisle configuration.

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UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY (UPS)

Cassius provides a wide range of UPS solutions, which are engineered to specific load calculations.

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), or battery backup is a device which maintains a continuous supply of electric power to connected equipment by supplying power from a separate source when utility power is not available.

A UPS is inserted between the source of power (typically commercial utility power) and the load it is protecting. When a power failure or abnormality occurs, the UPS will switch from utility power to its own power source almost instantaneously.

While not limited to any particular type of equipment, a UPS is typically used to protect computers, telecommunication equipment, or other electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption could cause injuries, fatalities, serious business disruption or data loss. UPS units come in sizes ranging from units which will back up a single computer without monitor (around 200 VA) to units which will power entire Data Centers or buildings (several megawatts). Larger UPS units typically work in conjunction with generators.

Historically, UPS units were very expensive and were most likely to be used on expensive computer systems and in areas where the power supply is interrupted frequently. However, UPS units are now more affordable, and have become an essential piece of equipment for data centers and business computers, but are also used for personal computers, entertainment systems and more.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND PAGING

A number of the IT hardware systems within a data center may have monitoring that keeps track of everything going on 'inside the box'. However, it is necessary to manage the risk of damage to equipment and data from sources in the general space 'outside the box'.

Aside from human intrusion, elements such as heat, humidity smoke, water, etc. all pose a risk to data storage and processing machines.

Environmental monitoring probes can be added to a management system, with thresholds set and if exceeded, the system will alert administrators. The paging system can also be linked to physical security systems.

Contact us for more information pertaining to these systems and how they can be integrated into your technical spaces.

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IT CONSULTANCY

Cassius Group has a team of dedicated IT professionals with a wealth of experience in design, planning, integration and support. Technology Consulting services range from basic advice, to network system design and complete turnkey packages for SME clients.

Our professionals are specialised in the field to which they are assigned.

Expertise and typical assignments include:

Datacenter Design and Space Planning.
Large Scale Structured Cabling Plant Design.
Network Design.
Servers and Storage Environments.
Voice Technologies.
Audio Visual Systems.
Security Systems.
Technical Space Environmental Monitoring.
Cost Modeling.
Implementation Management.

As client requirements vary immensely depending on internal resource strengths, Cassius provide completely flexible consultancy packages. Charges are based on the actual resource required to deliver a service and fees are competitive. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

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IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The range in scope and specialist skills required from one IT project to the next can vary immensely. Along with the time and cost elements, the project success is in the hands of the Project Management team.

Cassius Group have the capability of managing IT projects, incorporating recognised industry processes and have a track record for successful delivery. Whether it is the migration of servers, new installations or the design and build of entire office or Data Center, Cassius professionals will assign a team with the sole focus on timely completion, within budget, to exceptional levels of quality throughout.

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IT/AV SUPPORT AND OUTSOURCE SERVICES

Cassius Group provides range of tailored IT and AV support services. Our specialist services can be called upon in a number of formats such as helpdesk, remote dial-in, and dedicated time allotment or even on an ad-hoc callout basis. Cassius have 24/7 support capabilities and provide rapid response.

Another option is to outsource your entire IT /AV operations function. This can save cost due to a reduction in staffing costs (management and engineers), training overheads and statutory holidays. This route also reduces the HR headache of losing staff through budget cuts and career improvement.

Contact us for further details or cost model consultation.

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WEB SOLUTIONS

Realise online business potential with our range of web design, development and optimisation services.

Cassius Group has a dedicated web development team whom will work with you to create an innovative, unique, customer targeted website.

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

Introduction

In the past few years threats to organizations of all types and sizes have increased greatly. From terrorism to viruses, natural disasters to sabotage, firms large and small are now starting to seriously start to plan and put in place contingency plans to ensure that their businesses can re-establish operations quickly and efficiently should a facility incur a disaster of any type.

While bombs, fires and floods capture the headlines, almost 90% of all crises are nowhere near as dramatic. It is the quiet catastrophes that have the potential to damage your organizations most valuable assets; its brand and reputation.

Research has suggested that on average 20% of all organizations will experience some from of unplanned event once every five years. Whilst it is unlikely to be as catastrophic as 9/11, there is still the need to think about how businesses would cope with the more mundane events, such as power cuts or transport problems.

The fact that organizations are now so dependant on their IT systems has meant that during the last 20 years the IT department has led the way in planning how to recover from an unplanned event. But restoring data and system access is not enough when there is nowhere for your employees to answer the phones or suppliers cannot deliver critical components. Incidents as simple as an extended power loss, telecoms failure or the loss of building heating may cause critical business functions to be disabled making it difficult or even impossible to carry out normal day-to-day business activities. At worst, this could see you loosing important customers and even going out of business altogether.

And so in short we believe it now concerns every department of every organization and it's no longer just an IT issue.

Of course there are a number of options that you could choose:

Do nothing
Taking out insurance
Preparing a Business Continuity Plan

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

Whilst the first of these is the easiest and most common option it is not recommended for obvious reasons. The second can appear attractive, but will not cover you against loss of reputation or loss of customers. So in the long run preparing and testing a Business Continuity Plan (BCM) makes good economic sense.

Putting in place a BCM plan will help you to:

Avoid financial loss
Meet legal requirements
Avoid loss of market share
Protect the safety of assets including employees
Mitigate negative publicity

Make an early assessment of the likely costs involved in creating and maintaining your plan and budget for it. It does not need to be expensive and many insurers will look to reduce insurance premiums if you have a proven Business Continuity Plan.

With good planning you and your organization can take steps to minimize the potential impact of a disaster and ideally prevent it from happening in the first place.

 

 

Cassius Group will help you to identify the potential risks, help you to make preparations for such emergencies as well as to help you test how your business is likely to cope in a disaster situation.

Cassius Group is rapidly establishing itself a reputation as experts in designing and implementing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Strategies across a wide spectrum of different industries. So far to date we have developed a presence in the following industry arenas: UK Retail / Global Manufacturing / Global Distribution / Global Finance & Banking / UK Health Authorities / Global IT & Technology.

Traditionally Disaster Recovery (DR) has been the start and finish of organisational strategy for dealing with an unplanned event. This would ensure that IT systems and data can be restored after unscheduled downtime. But over the last few years the growth of Business Continuity Management (BCM) has meant a shift in focus to the prevention of such events rather than the cure of DR. This has meant that DR has now become a subset of the whole process.

Cassius Group covers a vast range of consultancy services:

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

Analyse Your Business – Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Assess The Risks – Risk Impact Analysis (RIA)   
Develop Your Strategy
Develop Your Plans
Rehearse and Test The Plans  
Specialist Training Services

Business Continuity & Recovery Solutions (BC&RS)

Backup & Recovery – Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)
Mobile Solutions
Work Area Recovery (WAR)  
Full End-2-End Service & Application Delivery – High Availability Solution Architecture &
Design, Development and Implementation

Managed Continuity Services

Outsourcing & Facilities Management
Administration & Maintenance - IT Strategy Planning  

Crisis Management

Incident Management
Crisis Management Team (CMT)
Emergency Recovery Team(s) 

Just to complicate matters, losing data as the result of disruption or error can have even more serious consequences because of compliance regulations. 

Regulatory Compliance

Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
PAS 56 / PAS 77 / BS 25999 / ISO
Basel II
ITIL – IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM)  

Call us for a quick health-check to quickly assess your primary risk & threat exposures - and likelihood of tackling them successfully if things start to go wrong. We can then offer you and your business consulting services to help better prepare you for what may happen. As an independent company, we are not restricted to recommending any particular products or services. And all contact is handled in the strictest of confidence and client confidentiality is assured at all times.

 

Turn key solution

Cassius Group provide turnkey IT Solutions to all business sectors. Whether relocating or setting up new offices, Cassius Group offer multi-system integration and project management as a one-stop solution for all of your IT needs. Cassius Project Management team consists of experienced IT experts who are committed to the entire project lifecycle.

There are a number of key values in engaging the Cassius Group team as a Turnkey Integrator:

IT/AV/SEC design process is viewed holistically which reduces (if not illuminates) common coordination issues
A large technical scope can be managed by a single specialist IT Project Manager
Single point of communication for the client
Single point of communication for cross-trade coordination and construction management
Reduced cost due to:
Single technical team of specialists
Single team of labourers
Single mobilization cost
Easier change management
Uniformity in project IT documentation
Single point of communication for BAU (business as usual) support

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business synergies

Throughout our years of operation, Cassius Group has maintained a consistent client-driven, delivery-focused approach to projects. This approach means that Cassius Group often needs to work with industry peers and technology partners to meet our clients' needs. Our business is always open to this kind of collaborative opportunity and actively develops partnerships with industry partners throughout the region.

At Cassius Group, our employees are our most valued asset. Employees help us expand our knowledge of an ever-changing industry, maintain the highest levels of service for clients and create tailored, customised solutions for every possible business size and type.

Cassius Group seeks IT experts with a broad base of knowledge of the industry and a proven track of professionalism and experience. Cassius Group recruits the best IT professionals from the region and the World in order to maintain the highest level of service. Cassius always provide an open work environment that allows our team to excel and grow.

If you are interested in a rewarding career with Cassius Group and would like to forward your resume, please do so to: recruit@cassiusgroup.com

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