Limerick engineered solution named 'IT Project of the Year' at the Tech Excellence Awards

  • Ripplecom Tech Excellence Award for Orion
John McDonnell, Managing Director of Ripplecom accepting the company's Tech Excellence Award for SME Project of the Year in Citywest. (Photo: John Ohle)

Orion by Ripplecom, the autofailover engineered in-house by Ripplecom engineers and unique to the Raheen-based telecommunications company, has been named IT Project of the Year for the SME sector at the 2018 Tech Excellence Awards.

Now in their eighteenth year, the Tech Excellence Awards are the most prestigious accolades in Ireland’s IT industry. The awards recognise transformational technology that delivers outstanding operational and competitive advantages to Irish companies.

These days, most businesses are utterly dependent on a network connection for even their most basic operations which means that a network fault can bring work grinding to a halt and start losses spiralling. Reflecting this new reality, the Tech Excellence Awards recognised Orion for its ability to protect businesses by keeping them fully operational even amid a major network outage.

Orion is a clever, compact and cost-effective autofailover. Each Orion is created with two network connections- one primary and one secondary. Usually, a customer’s online traffic uses the primary connection but, when an outage strikes, all connected systems and devices switch quickly and smoothly to the secondary line.

John McDonnell, Managing Director of Ripplecom, is delighted to see Orion come out on top in the SME Project of the Year category. Crucially, the Tech Excellence Awards celebrate innovation that is rooted in a thorough understanding of clients’ needs which is exactly where the impetus for Orion came from. We were rigorous about making Orion available at a price point that would bring resilient connectivity within reach of SMEs for the first time.”

John McDonnell continuedThe award is a testament to the talents and hard work of everyone at Ripplecom. The skill of our engineers and the service delivered by the entire team is what allows Ripplecom to carve out a niche in an increasingly competitive market and to deliver value-added products.”

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