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Cloud computing proves a safe bet for LCG

16 July 2017

London Capital Group (LCG) specialises in online trading services and has now deployed an enterprise cloud solution from Nutanix to host its core financial services as part of a major investment and re-brand. The firm says this will support its aim to become the spread betting provider of choice for more than 70,000 clients, and reduce future operational costs as it expands globally.

LCG is using Nutanix’s Xtreme Computing Platform to consolidate its computing, virtualisation and storage resources. The vendor claims that its single, highly scalable and turnkey appliance has given LCG a faster, simplified and more flexible replacement for its end-of-life IT infrastructure which previously relied on conventional server and SAN architecture.

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Building society constructs modular data centre

03 July 2017

Since being formed in 1850, Cumberland Building Society (CBS) has grown to become one of Britain’s top ten building societies, with 34 branches throughout Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, North Lancashire and Northumberland.

In late 2012, CBS planned to move to a new head office. This provided an opportunity for it to upgrade IT infrastructure and procure a data centre solution that could also improve levels of reliability and availability in a cost-efficient manner.

The society had already worked with APT (Advanced Power Technology) on an earlier project to upgrade and maintain its power protection system.

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Accountancy firm earns fat dividends from thin clients

02 July 2017

Hallidays is a firm of accountants and business advisors that supports numerous clients in the Stockport and Greater Manchester area.

Founded in 1843, it provides a broad range of services covering not only accountancy and tax advice, but business growth, HR, recruitment, payroll, wealth management and corporate finance.

Furthermore, rather than just act as an internal IT department and break-fix problem solver, Hallidays’ IT team provides an IT support and consultancy service for clients.

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Fiscal gains in The Bunker

01 July 2017

Established in 2002, fintech company Fiscal Technologies creates software that prevents money from mistakenly or fraudulently leaving an organisation.

With offices in the UK and the US, the firm says its forensic solutions analyse financial transactions across the entire purchase-to-pay process, finding anomalies, errors, duplicates and identifying potential duplicity.

Some of Fiscal’s customers require contractual certainty that their data do not come into contact with any organisation that has any kind of relationship with the US or American organisations due to data sovereignty requirements.

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Diverse routes to financial hubs for global platform

16 July 2016

London-based Fidessa provides 85 per cent of the world’s major financial institutions with their trading and investment infrastructure, market data, and workflow technology. Transactions worth $20 trillion are said to flow across the company’s global network each year, and low latency connectivity that is stable and reliable are all therefore crucial. 

As part of the regular evaluation of its existing network providers, Fidessa first engaged BSO Network Solutions in 2013 when searching for a supplier to deliver a totally diverse route between Singapore and Hong Kong that both regional and global customers could leverage.

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Progress helps Nationwide deal with data

16 July 2016

The Nationwide Building Society is said to be the UK’s second-largest provider of household savings and runs an analytics system which has more than 300 developers working on it. 

Many departments across the organisation depend on the data the system produces to complete their daily tasks. For example, the fraud department uses it to analyse transactional data, looking for patterns that indicate fraud; the data modelling group uses it for predictive analytics; and marketing uses it for segmentation and trends analysis. 

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Keeping money moving with wireless backup from Sierra Wireless

15 September 2015

Money Mart has around 1,500 retail locations throughout North America and Europe.

Owned by the Dollar Financial Group, Money Mart has been a leading provider of affordable alternative financial services for more than three decades. 

With nearly 1,500 retail locations throughout North America and Europe, the company embarked on a large-scale project to install backup connectivity at all its sites. 

However, with stores in both urban and rural areas Money Mart couldn’t always rely on landline infrastructure and found that many of its locations were inaccessible to broadband. As a result, it’s only option was a wireless solution. 

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Citigroup’s Frankfurt Data Centre

22 June 2015

picture: siemens frankfurt data centre

Frankfurt has the highest density of data centres of any city in Europe. In 2008, the German branch of Citigroup built its Frankfurt Data Centre (FDC) and created a high performance, energy-efficient facility.

They appointed Siemens as their technical partner based on their ability to deliver multiple building systems and create high level protection and availability, which are key requirements for an efficient data centre. Siemens has delivered intelligent safety and security technology; reliable building automation that cools and conditions the air based on demand, keeping the servers from overheating; and an uninterruptible and redundant power supply.

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Disaster recovery in a virtualised environment

24 November 2014

Rothera Dowson Solicitors has been providing legal advice and services for nearly 200 years. With several offices in different locations, strict regulatory procedures to follow, and an ageing tape solution, its IT team faces many challenges, especially since the firm was going through the delicate process of migrating to a virtualised platform. 

Unitrends 712 recovery appliance

Unitrends 712 recovery appliance

With around 90 users spread across four branch offices and a head office in the centre of Nottingham, the company had developed a sophisticated setup to ensure its IT infrastructure supported every geographical location while meeting its day-to-day operational requirements.

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Fully managed private cloud for 25 Bedford Row

24 November 2014

Scales of justice

25 Bedford Row established its chambers in 1975 and specialises in the defence of individuals and companies across the entire spectrum of criminal and regulatory law, including fraud, human rights and civil liberties.

With the increasing use of BYOD and staff requiring ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to data and systems, the London- based practice had to ensure it met the needs of its 68 barristers and 10 support staff. Due to the fast evolution of the IT industry, it also wanted a way to keep up to date with the latest software and security. Cloud offered the way forward. After a rigorous tender process, the firm selected Premier IT’s Fully Managed Private Cloud (FMPC) service. Before being awarded the contract, the supplier was rigorously assessed by the Ministry of Justice to provide Criminal Justice Secure eMail (CJSM).

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