Castleton Technology has embarked on four-year managed service project at Grand Union Housing Group. The project is valued at around £1 million, with the initial cloud and unified communications implementation expected to be completed by August 2019.
Castleton’s multi-cloud approach for the housing provider includes an ‘edge’ systems refresh, private-cloud hosting in Castleton’s ‘tier four’ accredited datacentre, public-cloud hosting of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Unified Communications.
To ensure a robust infrastructure, all these services are secured with Castleton’s backup and disaster recovery platform, all connected via a new software-defined WAN and wireless LAN. As part of Grand Union Housing’s move to a more modern working environment, staff hardware is being refreshed with around 200 state-of-the-art Dell laptops, managed by Castleton’s mobile device and user environment management solutions.
Simon Penaluna, IT director, Grand Union Housing, said, “Castleton’s IT and network infrastructure will set us up for the future, enabling us to achieve our ambitions and our ‘customer 2020’ strategy by allowing our staff to work in an agile way on an efficient and resilient technology platform.”
Dean Dickinson, CEO, Castleton Technology, said, “After our recent £1 million investment in developing our datacentre facilities, we’re in a great position to fulfil our customers’ demands for robust, flexible and scalable multi-cloud platforms. This new project with Grand Union Housing absolutely demonstrates this capability.”
Paul Sexton, CTO, Castleton Technology, said, “With concerns around security, latency, vendor lock-in and cost-control, there is a desire for organisations to have a more balanced distributed workload across edge, private cloud and public cloud environments through a multi-cloud deployment. This ensures the greatest RoI from their IT spend and mitigates the risks associated with individual clouds.”