27th March 2018

Leading Converged ICT Provider Blue Chip – a GCI company – has completed a challenging, large-scale backup project for award-winning UK short break provider Center Parcs.

As the leading provider of short breaks in the UK, Center Parcs had a large amount of data stored across its datacentre, Head Office and five villages, which was becoming less reliable and time-consuming to restore from the existing tape backup solution. To address these challenges and procure a solution that would suit the company’s future needs, Center Parcs turned to its trusted IT provider to recommend a solution.

GCI implemented their backup solution SecureVault On-Premise, powered by EVault from Carbonite. Providing the same highly-secure, best-of-breed service as their Cloud offering but in a unique hybrid solution designed specifically for large datasets, this solution not only removes Center Parcs’ reliance on tape backup but ensures quicker restoration times. Data was deduplicated before replication to minimise bandwidth overhead, transmitted securely across the internet to a secondary vault on GCI’s Cloud platform for additional protection. SecureVault encryption is FIPS-approved as certified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), so Center Parcs could be certain that their data was secured at all times.

Center Parcs now has a highly-secure, reliable backup solution for their data, which can be quickly recovered should the company need to do so. GCI also implemented an Infrastructure Managed Service at the company’s Head Office. With round-the-clock end-to-end management and monitoring – proactively keeping the infrastructure healthy to ensure it doesn’t fail – downtime is minimised as GCI’s technical experts would be on-hand to intervene should anything go wrong.

Phil Coe, Head of IT at Center Parcs, said: “To bring our backup solution up-to-date, reduce our storage costs and ensure infrastructure uptime, GCI recommended and implemented a solution that would meet our needs not only now, but as we grow in the future.”

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GCI is one of the UK’s leading Converged ICT Service Providers, with offices across the country from Poole on the South Coast to Glasgow. It is one of the UK’s fastest-growing MSPs and provides a suite of managed services designed around five capability pillars: Cloud, Unified Communications, Security & Compliance, Network & Infrastructure, and Full IT Support.

GCI’s services and solutions are all about influencing positive business outcomes. They are designed to address customer challenges and support organisations on their journey through digital transformation to digital business. GCI provides a consultative service backed by more than 300 technical staff from its 500-strong workforce. Alongside its contemporary five-pillar portfolio, GCI also aspires to be synonymous with best-in-class Skype for Business Solutions, Contact Centre Solutions and GDPR Compliance Solutions.

GCI is ISO 9001, 14001, 20000 and 27001 certified, and has multiple Silver, Gold and Platinum certifications including 10 Gold awards for Microsoft alone. It is one of a handful of MSPs to manage its own Level-1 certified PCI DSS platform and is on 9 of 11 Public Sector Frameworks (RM1045).