Managed hosting, storage and security deal enables an industry first quotation, authorisation and invoice management system
Telstra Global, a leading global supplier of managed network and hosting services, has been selected by Clifford Thames to manage and host the launch of its pan-European platform for the fleet industry – a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) car service repair authorisation and invoicing facility.
The provider of consultancy and support services to the automotive industry will use Telstra Global’s managed hosting service to support its ATHORIS offering - a revolutionary online quotation, authorisation and invoice management system for the fleet vehicle service sector. The system significantly reduces administration costs between leasing companies and dealers and greatly improves process efficiency.
Clifford Thames chose Telstra Global to provide a fully managed hosting, security, storage and backup service with internet connectivity to support its ATHORIS offering with high performance and availability. The first market to benefit will be France, initially with a rapid deployment to Renault dealers and two major leasing companies. Other manufacturers and leasing companies are planned to join during 2012 and 2013. Additional major European fleet markets will also follow at the same time
The three-year deal will see Telstra Global provide managed hosting at two sites, from its London hosting facility and a secondary site in Woking. The solution is designed to be as reliable, flexible and scalable as possible and includes Managed Utility Servers with managed security, storage and backup. The complete environment is also supported by ‘burstable Internet’, for flexible, on-demand provisioning.
Clifford Thames’ Chief Technology Officer, Mr Scott Christie, said the company chose Telstra Global to support its offering due to its extensive track record and commercial flexibility.
“Telstra Global was already providing our colocation solution for other divisions and we were looking for further help on the journey towards an outsourced infrastructure. Telstra Global presented a highly cost effective solution and a true partnership approach that will guarantee minimal system downtime as we grow the ATHORIS offering further across European markets,” Mr Christie said.
Telstra's Managed Utility hosting service offers Clifford Thames a flexible and scalable hosting solution built on an ‘infrastructure of processors, memory and storage, enabling IT managers to deploy managed services without significant capital expenditure.
Telstra Global is a leading global supplier of managed network services and international data, voice and satellite services. It is a division of the leading Australia-based, tier 1 telecommunications and media services company, Telstra Corporation Limited and owns one of the most technologically advanced IP backbone networks in the world.
Telstra provides global telecommunications services and solutions and is an expert in bringing the advantages of customer centric managed network solutions to the business community. Together with its offshore subsidiaries and international investments, Telstra serves over 200 of the world’s top 500 companies, spanning Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Telstra Global is ideally suited to provide your IT solutions, with its experience and expertise; security and reliability; trust and financial strength.