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Applied Systems to open new UK data centre for insurers

Applied Systems, which provides software and services to the insurance sector, has today opened a new data centre (DC) in the UK, which is presently being fitted out and tested before its full ‘go live’ in January 2014. The DC is designed to increase the Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) and other hosting capabilities that the vendor can offer its insurance sector clients.

The new Applied Systems DC is situated close to the London insurance markets where most of the vendors UK clients are centred and is intended to support cloud-based SaaS software offerings at brokerages throughout the land.

The new data centre conforms to the ISAE 3402 Type II certification. The International Standards for Assurance Engagements (ISAE) certificate provides assurance reports on controls at a service organisation, such as Applied Systems, and should reassure clients about the standard of the new purpose-built facility. The hardened construction techniques means it is resistant to external shocks or weather events, plus it has a power outage redundancy capability to deliver continuity of service, access control security checks, full cabling and internet connectivity, and cooling systems throughout to ensure efficient operation.

Applied Systems already operates similar facilities in the US and Canada. Its cloud services are used by 46,000 insurance agents and brokers.

“Insurance agencies and brokers across the world continue to rapidly adopt the cloud to build stronger, more successful businesses,” said Tim Sander, vice president of IT and cloud services at Applied Systems, when discussing the rationale behind the new opening. “More than 90% of new Applied brokerage management system customers are leveraging our online solutions for the flexibility, cost savings and data security advantages they provide.”

• To find out more about other UK and global data centres, such as the new Volta DC in London or the planned Digital Realty facility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, please visit the bobsguide news section. The bobsguide blog section also contains features, such as a tour of the Volta facility and an interview with cloud provider Outsourcery, whose CEO Piers Linney is a Dragons’ Den participant in the BBC TV show, among other resources.

By Neil Ainger