Leading fleet automotive glazing company Auto Windscreens is using a disaster recovery service provided by Leeds-based cloud computing hosting specialist virtualDCS.

The solution will ensure the ongoing flexibility and responsiveness of its IT framework.

Called CloudCover, the service is being supplied to Auto Windscreens by virtualDCS in partnership with another Leeds company, IT solutions provider TGC Computers. It involves virtualDCS managing the replication of data from ten of Auto Windscreen’s most critical physical servers onto virtual servers held in its UK-based secure data centre.

In addition, virtualDCS has enabled the secure connectivity of all of the company’s Metrix Mobile hand-held devices which are used by Auto Windscreen technicians.

Bobby Chopra, IT Manager at Auto Windscreens said: “We are always looking to utilise the best technology available to underpin our business processes and ensure we can be as responsive as possible to our customers’ needs.

“We knew that hosting critical data in the cloud was an option available to us to enhance our disaster recovery capability. However, we needed to be sure that it was highly secure, responsive to our needs and able to deliver secure connectivity for the hand-held devices.

“The TGC and virtualDCS teams have been able to provide us with all of those requirements and more. They combine their cloud hosting solution with excellent customer service response which gives us absolute confidence in their ability to handle our disaster recovery requirements.”

TGC provides IT consulting and technology services to the SME and corporate market throughout the UK. The company’s managing director, Tim Evans, commented: “Our goal is to utilise IT to make our customers’ lives easier and simpler. In part, this is achieved by creating partnerships with specialist providers and this is exactly what we have done with virtualDCS and CloudCover to ensure Auto Windscreens has the best possible disaster recovery service.”

virtualDCS was established in 2008 by Richard May, John Murray and Dan Nichols who were previously architects of the hosting services business for a FTSE-listed IT services provider. They formed virtualDCS to give clarity to cloud computing by confidently delivering robust services underpinned by outstanding levels of client care.

Richard May, director of virtualDCS, explained: “Due to the amount of sensitive data held by Auto Windscreens, protection using our CloudCover service is cost effective and eliminates the need for worry following a server failure or network problem.

“The framework put into place for Auto Windscreens also provides the organisation with an accessible data network that has unprecedented scalability whilst maintaining a high level of security which is more commercially viable than traditional network servers.”

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