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Altius partner with UKFast to information security management

Written by Altius | Jan 31, 2014 5:26:19 PM

Compliance specialist Altius is celebrating a six-year partnership with leading IT hosting experts UKFast, to handle its big data requirements.

Altius, which takes the headache out of supply chain compliance and vendor assessment, is part technology and part assessment company. As such, a robust infrastructure and reliable back-up is imperative.

In 2007 Altius upgraded its server solution with UKFast and added a database back-up server to support business growth and data storage that went with it. The business model employed by Altius relies equally on a robust IT infrastructure and its own in-house developed software systems. A hosting solution that allows the two to work in harmony is key to its compliance and vendor assessment services.

ISO approved

As an ISO9001 approved assessment and accreditation company, Altius sought a hosting partner that could demonstrate the highest standard of Information Security Management - through the ISO 27001 accreditation. This provides reassurance to clients and prospective customers that Altius’ data management systems adhere to the highest quality management standards and that their business is in safe hands.

Len Simmons, Altius' Technical Director, said: "Altius is a fast growth business that is continuously innovating, so it's crucial that we have a robust hosting platform that can accommodate our rapid expansion and adapt to changes. We have developed a bespoke, powerful assessment engine that allows clients to assess the supply chain in the way they want it to be done. All of our supplier information and contract data – goes through the server so we needed that to be strong and reliable. UKFast has proved that it can keep pace with innovation and growth."

Making vendor assessment simple

Altius grew from servicing a number of retail clients, using a single server and quickly earned a reputation for making vendor assessment simple, which led to further client wins including Punch Taverns, Selfridges, Morrisons, Debenhams and Airbus.

Simmons added: “Our solution is grown-up, it’s ahead of the curve now so it can handle our growth over the next few years. UKFast’s technical team and solutions architects have kept us in the right direction so we are ahead of the game. The back-up solution provided by UKFast takes a snapshot of all the Altius data every 30 minutes – providing the necessary safety net for the company in any eventuality."

He added: "We are expecting our growth curve to get steeper in the near future as we gain momentum in the marketplace and UKFast is helping us do that with a server that is capable of handling the volumes of traffic that we are expecting to receive. “The technical team are brilliant in predicting the health of our server. That gives us confidence and peace of mind.”

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