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Watchmaker gains time with Buffalo

01 October 2017

Founded in 1971, Peers Hardy Group (PHG) is a supplier of own-label watches for many high street fashion chains.

It designs and distributes watches for retailers such as Next, Argos, Amazon and Disney, as well as fashion brands such as Radley, Orla Keily and Ice Watch. 

Headquartered in the West Midlands, the 170-strong company has extended its own watch range by introducing the Henry London brand.

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OVH dishes up cloud for Villeroy & Boch

01 October 2017

Ceramics producer Villeroy & Boch was established in Germany in 1748.

Over the last 269 years, the company has developed into a global lifestyle brand, according to its head of internet and e-business services, Dr. Pascal Rheinert.

He says the two key business developments and issues the company has experienced are ‘internationalisation’ and ‘digitisation’.

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Staying safe on the frontline with Vodafone

01 October 2017

Hesco manufactures, designs and implements defence barriers in several countries around the world.

The company is renowned for its rapidly deployable Concertainer system (pictured) that is used for both flood control and military fortifications.

Operating with around 300 employees at facilities in the UK and US, Hesco has customers in Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.

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Global manufacturer unlocks 7 unexpected benefits of infrastructure monitoring

24 June 2015

picture: innova films manufacturing plant

Global manufacturer Innovia Films signed up to Aurora365’s infrastructure monitoring and management service. 

Project delivers key cost savings, security and risk management benefits within just six months of worldwide deployment

When the global manufacturer Innovia Films signed up to Aurora365 it was expecting a cost-efficient infrastructure monitoring and management service that would help free up valuable IT department time. However, since first deploying Aurora365 at the start of 2015, Innovia Films has uncovered at least seven unexpected cost, security and risk management benefits as a result of more effective monitoring across the company’s global network.

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Securing remote staff access for Biffa Waste Services

30 January 2014

When Biffa Waste Services needed to replace its ageing dial-up system, the company required that two key objectives be met. Firstly that a new IT system should improve the effectiveness with which its employees gain remote access to applications and files and secondly that the system, which is audited by Biffa’s parent company, Severn Trent Plc., complied with stringent security policies. All this had to be achieved at a reasonable cost.

Responding to the challenge, engineers at security and technology consultants Eurodata Systems implemented a costeffective, secure remote access solution, based on Whale’s (Microsoft) Intelligent Application Gateway and Swivel’s tokenless, two-factor authentication platform. As a result, Biffa could give users fast broadband access to vital applications and resources – including an accounting application, Citrix MetaFrame and Microsoft Outlook – and meet their security targets, all for a reasonable price.

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Writing on the wall for pen-maker’s split data centre

30 January 2014

The LAMY brand is synonymous with premium quality writing instruments both within its native Germany and internationally. The company had already invested heavily in the development of a virtualized server and client infrastructure, helping it to increase the flexibility of its IT systems while at the same time reducing energy costs and administration requirements.

Lamy operates a split data center separated over two zones at the company’s Heidelberg headquarters. Previously, however, the PRIMERGY servers and ETERNUS DX storage systems had not been mirrored, but had instead simply been shared over the two zones. Two PRIMERGY RX300 servers in each zone had become responsible for delivering the performance of 170 virtualized clients (Fujitsu Zero Clients). In the event of a failure of one half of the data center, 85 clients would therefore have been left without data. The storage components themselves were not redundantly designed either. 

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Private mobile network provides effective communications solution across Finlays’ large industrial site

30 January 2014

Finlays UK Beverages division has been packing tea and coffee for over 100 years. Today, the company operates from a purpose-built site near Doncaster, at the heart of the UK distribution network, and is one of the largest packers of private label tea and coffee in the UK.

Its packaging plant covers a large area and includes three warehouses, loading yards and an admin block. With many staff working across different areas within the site, there is a clear need for a reliable wireless communications system and the company had been using a DECT solution for some time. However, compatible handsets were no-longer available and the system itself was no-longer supported so a suitable replacement was being sought.

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