Churchill Retirement Living
Initially providing ad hoc IT support, Nasstar has continued to deliver projects and services to the business for over a decade, becoming Churchill’s chosen IT Partner
Churchill Retirement Living is one of the UK’s premier developers of high-quality, purpose-built retirement apartments and independent later-living communities. Privately owned and family-run since 1994, Churchill is headquartered in Ringwood, Hampshire, with regional offices across the country.
As Churchill continued to grow its backup infrastructure had reached capacity. With tape backup traditionally laborious to control and expensive to run, as well as similar hardware proving tricky to procure, an alternative solution was needed. To ensure that their data would continue to be securely backed up Churchill decided to review its strategy, tasking Nasstar, formerly GCI, with finding an easy-to-manage solution that could be easily scaled as the company continued to expand.
Churchill Retirement Living now has a secure and manageable backup solution that can be increased with minimal cost and fuss as the company continues to expand.
Nasstar recommended their SecureVault Cloud Backup service to fulfil Churchill’s requirements. Powered by industry-leading software from Carbonite, SecureVault offers a backup solution that leverages the flexibility of Cloud and can scale up or down to meet Churchill’s business needs – something that the existing tape backup could not provide easily or without additional upfront expense. Should Churchill require it, the company could also add Disaster Recovery functionality at a later stage with the same ease. Highly efficient de-duplication also further minimises storage costs.
As with any security-conscious business, Churchill was keen to ensure its data would be protected at all stages of the backup. SecureVault provides encryption at all three stages of backup – at source, in transit and at rest – and is FIPS approved as certified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), resulting in an ultra-secure backup environment. Data is backed up to Nasstar's private Cloud, which not only operates to ISO9001 and ISO27001 standards but is housed in Vodafone’s highly-resilient and secure Tier 3 datacentre. Data is also replicated to a secondary datacentre for additional protection, providing support failover and data access in the unlikely event of a datacentre outage. An additional benefit of Cloud Backup is that once configured, data backups will be completed with the data shipped off-site automatically, offering the easy-to-manage solution that Churchill needed.
We have ambitious plans to significantly expand the size of our business over the next five years and need a robust backup solution we can rely on. SecureVault is a great solution to meet this requirement, and the flexibility for it to grow with us is a huge benefit. We trust in Nasstar and its highly secure datacentres to keep our business-critical information safe, and we are delighted that the management of our backups is now much more straightforward.