Castle's Cloud on UK Shortlist
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:16
Castle Computer Services is the only Scottish company to be shortlisted for an award in the national UK Data Centre Solutions Awards.
Two of the company's recently launched hosting services have been recognised in the Private Cloud category of the awards: DataGuard, which protects precious data by replicating it to Castle's data centre, and Virtualised hosting that allows highly resilient remote access for customers.
Castle's service creates a private cloud for customers that stores their data at the company's secure facility, keeping it backed up and recoverable in a few hours in the event of a major outage. It is a level of business continuity provision that was previously beyond most SME budgets and restricted to large enterprises.
Castle's cloud service creates a high performance, secure computing infrastructure that uses virtualisation technology for continuity and is fully scaleable. In case of disaster at the customers' site, the data and systems can be accessed from any other location to keep the business running.
George Strathie, Software and Services Director, Castle Computer Services, said: "We have developed a solution that meets all the business continuity needs of our customers, and has the flexibility to be tailored to their own specific needs. We're delighted that it has beaten off national competition from across the UK to be recognised on the awards shortlist.
"In a world where 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down in 6 months, the return on investment can be measured in terms of the mitigation of risk to our clients' business and the confidence that their own customers derive from using a supplier with robust disaster recovery arrangements.
"Castle takes responsibility for ensuring that customers' data is properly backed up. We test the backups to make sure that data is recoverable. This is because 34% of companies fail to test backups and when they do, 77% experience failures."
Ron Forsyth, Director at QAS COPAK, was one of the first customers to take advantage of the new service. He said: "The business continuity and data security arrangements that we now have in place give our customers absolute confidence in the quality and robustness of our systems. We are able to give them that confidence because the new infrastructure greatly reduces the business risks associated with data management."
Castle is celebrating its 30th anniversary year and operates from five locations in the UK, serving over 500 customers. Castle is one of the UK's leading providers of software applications to the construction sector.
For further information about Castle, visit: www.castle-cs.com