iomart Hosting, the UK cloud computing and managed hosting services provider, has provided a virtualised platform to help Misys plc (FTSE: MSY.L) consolidate its IT infrastructure in the UK.
Misys, the global market leader delivering application software and services for banking, treasury and capital markets, reviewed its hosting services this year and decided to create an exclusive relationship with iomart Hosting. iomart Hostingâs London data centre has in essence become Misysâ European data centre.
Phil Davies, Director IS for Misys UK & EMEA, explains: âWe operate on the basis of a âone-Misysâ culture and the decision to go with a single direct provider of hosting is another symbol of that ethos. We already had a relationship with iomart Hosting and were impressed. The decision to use them as our sole host has proved the right one. As soon as the relationship was formalised, the benefits were tangible. There was an immediate improvement in the stability of our equipment and complete engagement with our business objectives.â
Employing more than 4,000 people, Misys serves 1,300 customers in over 120 countries, including all of the worldâs top 50 banks. Leading analyst firm, Gartner has positioned Misys as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for both âTreasury & Trading Systemsâ and âInternational Retail Core Bankingâ.
iomart Hosting owns and manages its secure data centre network. Dedicated on-site NOC teams manage and monitor customersâ mission-critical systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The consolidation of its hosting provision has proved successful for Misys in the UK and will be considered for other key locations globally in the future.
âThis round the clock support fits in completely with our global presence,â says Phil. âOur IT teams can contact the data centre night or day wherever they are around the world.â
iomart Hosting supports a fully virtualised platform including Netapp for SAN, with an internal private cloud. This platform hosts all of the Misys HR, finance and business intelligence functions, plus the companyâs Enterprise Resource Planning for the UK and EMEA.
Phil Davies explains: âThe benefits of virtualisation and private cloud for Misys go hand-in-hand. It has massively reduced not only our physical footprint but also the associated costs. It gives us greater agility and flexibility, allowing us to be much more responsive to demands for change in the IT infrastructure as the business grows and adapts to what our customers want.
We use enterprise-class hardware which feeds through to high availability and recoverability. Our whole critical IT structure is safeguarded by the controls and security that iomart Hosting has in place.â
Sarah Haran, managing director of iomart Hosting, adds: âIntegration is at the heart of everything that Misys does, so our task at iomart Hosting was to continue that philosophy through to the virtualised platform. We work hard to architect solutions that support our clientsâ business requirements rather than those that are just easiest to implement.â
The data centre infrastructure and reliability and security provided by iomart Hosting also has another very important benefit for Misys.
âThereâs an underlying professionalism at work with everything we do with iomart Hosting,â Phil Davies explains. âThis has provided an important level of reassurance for our auditors, our insurers and our customers.â
He concludes: âThereâs a real depth to our engagement. Misys considers iomart Hosting to be a partner not a provider.â
iomart Hosting is part of iomart Group plc which announced on Monday 19 December 2011 that it had entered the FTSE AIM 100 Index.