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With improved resilience and predictable costs top of its agenda, PROACTIS, a leading provider of e-procurement solutions, has turned to InTechnology’s Virtual Hosting, a new managed service for virtualised servers.

Recognising the business imperative to deliver flexible, secure and highly available IT services against a back-drop of tightening IT budgets, InTechnology plc - www.intechnology.co.uk - a specialist in data management, hosting, network and voice services, recently launched Virtual Hosting. A major cost component for server farms is power and cooling; virtual servers are commonly 700-800% more efficient than a traditional server. As a result, companies like PROACTIS can now reduce both costs and carbon emissions.

Sean McDonough, Chief Operating Officer at PROACTIS, explains, “Providing hosting services to major customers (S&P 500 & FTSE 250 Listed) and with 100s of organisations accessing these systems daily, business continuity is essential to our and their ongoing success. So many scare stories of disasters exist, where companies have been brought down by a major data loss. Of necessity resilient, robust and secure solutions needed to be put in place but also ones that wouldn’t break the bank.”

Predictable costs and no down time

McDonough continues: “There is currently a major move to virtualisation but like many other companies we were cautious in our approach. To begin with we therefore chose the traditional route, buying physical servers. But now, with InTechnology’s Virtual Hosting service in place, we have dramatically improved the resilience we can offer our customers and we have a robust system in place that anyone would be proud of. The key benefit is that we have predictable costs and no unscheduled downtime. We’ve been so impressed with InTechnology’s first class infrastructure. It’s incredibly scalable as we can bring a server up in minutes.”

Pay as you go/grow

Stefan Haase, Marketing Director at InTechnology, comments: “The current economic climate and tightening of IT budgets, combined with greater focus on data security and the need for faster time to market for new services and products, has put the spotlight on the benefits of virtualisation such as IT consolidation, data protection and on-demand provisioning.”

Haase continues: “There is a common misconception that virtual servers are cheap servers because they are not physical. This is not the case; they are not a low-cost alternative to regular servers but in fact offer a premium service.”

“Our Virtual Hosting solution enables businesses like PROACTIS to deliver flexible, scalable and secure IT services. This is particularly suitable in circumstances where demand for infrastructure capacity or computing resources cannot easily be forecasted. We have listened to our customers’ requirements for cost-effective, secure services to be delivered from the heart of our network, whilst helping them to reduce their cost base in such a demanding economic period.”

When you combine virtual servers with InTechnology’s wide range services, you get a high-speed, high-availability, on-demand IT infrastructure where information and applications are available to all staff regardless of their location. Virtual servers can be instantly created or upgraded to accommodate a change in demand, and with high speed Ethernet WAN connections, an organisation can quickly respond to changing business needs.

InTechnology’s virtualisation platform, built on VMware's third-generation virtualisation software suite, provides better utilisation of servers through virtual machines and flexible capacity provisioning for customers who have fluctuating demands for computing resources. The service is fully integrated with InTechnology’s network, hosting and data storage services to provide customers with scalable, secure and cost-effective managed services upon which to deliver business-critical applications and infrastructure. Virtual servers are ideal for high-availability applications because they are not tied to a single piece of hardware that is subject to failure.

The service offers a low-cost set-up, with flexible monthly payments based upon configuration and usage, appealing to customers that want to reduce their capital budgets without sacrificing IT growth or impacting customer experience.

Business continuity

Virtual Hosting is also an ideal building block for companies wishing to cater for catastrophic events. Maintaining availability of business-critical applications during a disaster scenario is often the difference between a business standing or falling. InTechnology’s combined network, hosting and storage services allow applications and data to continue to operate from a secondary site within minutes of the disaster taking place.

Ideal for both production and testing or development environments, InTechnology’s Virtual Hosting is managed through a secure online portal, where adding or configuring virtual machines and storage capacity is quick and simple. This is combined with comprehensive service management and reporting to help customers optimise their budgets by anticipating demand and acting accordingly.

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For further information contact InTechnology’s Press Office:

Katie King - Email: katie@2thefore.biz
Tel: 01892 520123 / 07525 727288

About InTechnology - Established in 1983, InTechnology is in a unique position in the IT services market place, having a portfolio of value added voice and data services that are integrated and delivered over its own end to end quality assured IP network.

The business is now purely a managed services provider. It boasts the first Public Network connected IP Telephony switches, placing the business in a prime position to capitalise on the development of IP based Public Voice Networks. The broad managed data services portfolio is designed to remove risk and secure business information; these services are delivered from its World Class hosting centres, which are also connected to the IP network. InTechnology employs almost 200 people, over 90% of whom are client facing. A newly formed Professional Services division leverages the deep level of skills held by its people, ensuring that the transition to the new world of IP is a smooth one.

InTechnology is now an ADIT2 Broadband and ICT Services Supplier Framework Supplier - this Framework can be used by any Public Sector organisation in England to procure services such as Connectivity, WANs, IP Telephony, Hosting and Data Management services.


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