Churchill Retirement Living Case Study

Requirement: Cloud Backup

With GCI having supported Churchill Retirement Living for more than 10 years, when the time came to redress the backup strategy in place Churchill knew that GCI would have the skills and experience for the task.

The Client

Churchill Retirement Living is one of the UK’s premier developers of high-quality, purpose-built retirement apartments and independent later-living communities. Privately owned and family run since 1994, Churchill is headquartered in Ringwood, Hampshire, with regional offices across the country. Since initially providing Churchill with ad hoc IT support, GCI have continued to deliver projects and services to the business for over a decade, becoming Churchill’s chosen IT Partner.

While the existing tape backup solution had served the business very well, as Churchill continued to grow as a company its backup infrastructure had reached capacity. With tape backup traditionally laborious to control and expensive to run, as well as similar hardware proving tricky to procure, an alternative solution was needed. To ensure that their data would continue to be securely backed up Churchill decided to review its strategy, tasking GCI with finding an easy-to-manage solution that could be easily scaled as the company continued to expand.

Technical Solution

GCI recommended their SecureVault Cloud Backup service to fulfil Churchill’s requirements. Powered by industry-leading EVault software from Carbonite, SecureVault offers a backup solution that leverages the flexibility of Cloud Computing and can scale up or down to meet Churchill’s business needs – something that the existing tape backup could not provide easily or without additional upfront expense. Should Churchill require it, the company could also add Disaster Recovery functionality at a later stage with the same ease. Highly efficient de-duplication also further minimises storage costs.

As with any security-conscious business, Churchill was keen to ensure its data would be protected at all stages of the backup. SecureVault provides encryption at all three stages of backup – at source, in transit and at rest – and is FIPS approved as certified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), resulting in an ultra-secure backup environment. Data is backed up to GCI’s own private Cloud platform, which not only operates to ISO9001 and ISO27001 standards, but is housed in Vodafone’s highly-resilient and secure Tier 3 datacentre. Data is also replicated to a secondary datacentre for additional protection, providing support failover and data access in the unlikely event of a datacentre outage. An additional benefit of SecureVault Cloud Backup is that, once configured, data backups will be completed with the data shipped off-site automatically, offering the easy-to-manage solution that Churchill needed. 

Success and Company Benefits

Churchill Retirement Living now has a secure and manageable backup solution that can be increased with minimal cost and fuss as the company continues to expand.

David Mears, ICT Director at Churchill Retirement Living, said: “We have ambitious plans to significantly expand the size of our business over the next five years, and thus need a robust backup solution we can rely on. SecureVault is a great solution to meet this requirement, and the flexibility for it to grow with us is a huge benefit. We trust in GCI’s highly-secure datacentres to keep our business-critical information safe, and we are delighted that the management of our backups is now much more straightforward.”



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