Lynx Technology supports www.its4me.co.uk Friday 1 December 2000 PDF Print Lynx Technology provides infrastructure and support for its4me.co.uk, online car insurance provider. Its4me.co.uk - which sells car insurance policies over the Internet to consumers and business partners - is benefiting from the services provided by Lynx Technology, suppliers of e-business and hosting solutions as well as remote technical support and full engineer-led support. Unlike other direct insurance providers, its4me.co.uk (see www.its4me.co.uk) wanted to provide quotes from several insurers in one email, allowing customers to compare quotes. The company also wanted to cut costs by drastically reducing paper waste, while marketing itself to the widest possible customer base. It was confident it would be able to sell policies at 15% less than its high street rival, even though the company realised it would need a call centre for those customers who did not want to give their debit or credit card details over the internet. Web site demands Its4me.co.uk required an infrastructure that offered stability, scalability, manageability and reliability. It also sought to gain more information about customers through customer relationship management (CRM) - and to provide tailored products and services to each customer rather than a "one size fits" all approach. The Solution Two companies worked co-operatively to create a solution, which met all these needs and more. One was Policy Master, a leading IT company specialising in application software for the insurance industry, the other Lynx Technology, part of the Lynx Group of companies. Lynx was brought in by Policy Master to build an infrastructure for the solution. The infrastructure Lynx Technology created a web-based infrastructure on Microsoft Windows 2000, which offers in-built features such as Active Directory and network load balancing for security, manageability and stability. Principal Consultant at Lynx Technology, Richard Proud says: "Before starting the project, we had several pre-sales and design meetings with Policy Master, who authorised the systems design. We designed and built an infrastructure exclusively based on the Windows 2000 product family. This involved high availability features such as Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS) and Microsoft clustering." There were two main elements to this project - the Hosting Centre and the Web Centre. Within the hosting centre, we used two Windows 2000 NLBS servers, which delivered high availability and performance, providing maximum site up time. The solution ensures future scalability with a capacity to facilitate up to 32 nodes within a cluster. At its4me.co.uk's web centre in Norwich, Windows 2000 was also used as the backbone infrastructure with the Exchange Server being used for messaging which interfaces with UUNET's hosting services at Docklands. Exchange Server is configured on a dedicated server with a second server providing file, print and remote access for users with the appropriate privileges. The Lynx/Policy Master solution uses Microsoft's Remote Installation Services with built-in technology that stores an image of the standard build of the Windows 2000 PC. This means that it is easy for Lynx's engineers to rebuild and deploy replacement PCs. Lynx provides a fully managed support service for the infrastructure for its4me.co.uk's web centre and for UUNET's data centre. Mark Hobart, solutions director at Policy Master, says: "One of the deciding factors of using Windows 2000 was its security. It has a 40-bit secure socket layer, which authenticates each user. Once on cover, the customer is given a log on and a password and a security notice tells them about the level of encryption." He adds that Policy Master also likes the network load balancing services, which offer reliability and scalability. "This means that the availability of the system has been enabled through a software method rather than having to buy another server. It is a significant business benefit." Web sites: http://www.its4me.co.uk http://www.lynx-tec.co.uk Contacts: For more information contact Carolyn Wojtas, Lynx Technology Ltd., Tel 01773 882032 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, Tel 01428 641413 email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Western Associates PR in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.