To enable future growth, Trinity Fire & Security Systems, a provider of fire detection, fire safety, life safety and security systems based in the UK, is moving away from using on-premises data centres and moving into the cloud.
The company has chosen iland Secure Cloud and iland Secure Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to host and protect its workloads.
For over 20 years, Trinity has helped businesses ensure the safety of their people, property and operations by offering quality design, installation, commission and aftercare tailor-made for each client. With customer support teams operating from five regional offices and long-standing partnerships with leading fire and security technology manufacturers, the company can deliver the highest level of technical expertise on the market today.
As Trinity’s business grew, Lee Angell, IT director, noted a snowball effect was taking place – more customers meant more data, which in turn meant more resources needed to support the company’s data centres. From there, Angell had two options: invest even more funding and resources into expanding Trinity’s current data centre infrastructure or investigate new opportunities and technologies, mainly hosted cloud providers, that could offer the business greater flexibility. He chose the latter.
“Our data centre was becoming more and more expensive to maintain, and we were responsible for training and managing our own team,” said Angell. “As part of the business case, we factored in the staff effort required to maintain the data centre, whereas that isn’t a concern for us now. We’ve been given more flexibility. We have a small team, and therefore the added agility was a good benefit for us.
“We researched other providers, looking in terms of their flexibility for change. We were coming across obstacles; for example, it could take up to five days to implement a change. That didn’t suit the flexibility we required. We can take on contracts very fast in this organisation, and we needed to have the ability to scale up very quickly,” said Angell. “We concluded that iland was the best fit for the business. With iland, we’ve found visibility into and control over our environment, especially with the engagement of the account manager. We can reduce or add as the business flexes with the current pandemic and with growth and opportunities.”
When the coronavirus pandemic hit early last year, Trinity already migrated its workloads onto iland’s Secure Cloud infrastructure. This made for a relatively “comfortable” experience, according to Angell. With increased visibility via the award-winning iland Secure Cloud Console, which offers the ability to monitor and manage a variety of workloads over a single pane of glass, and a majority of employees already equipped to work remotely, business was able to proceed uninterrupted.
“We do feel comfortable using iland Secure Cloud and being protected from ransomware and all the rest of it. It’s added an additional layer of security on top of the security we already had,” said Angell and concluded, “I’d say iland Secure Cloud is flexible, agile, and secure. I’d recommend partnering with iland because it’s a company that seems to listen to its customers and delivers on their requirements.”