New infrastructure reduces overheads and costs in delivering data securely and on demand
London, UK – 09 May 2017 – iFusion Analytics, a provider of integrated big data as a Service (iBDaaS), has partnered with Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest and most advanced networks, to deliver edge analytics. By combining iFusion’s iBDaaS platform and Interoute’s global network of interconnected Virtual Data Centres (VDCs), organisations will be able to process data closer to the original source so that analytic insights can be delivered in minutes, rather than the hours it could take running a query using solely a location locked physical server.
“Many people still don’t completely understand how big data works. Previously, running queries against large databases would take hours depending on the volume of data being interrogated and the client’s location,” explained Mark Lewis, EVP, Communications & Connectivity at Interoute. “Deploying analytics software on Interoute’s global network of interconnected Virtual Data Centres changes all of that and means big data insights can be extracted in minutes and used to inform everyday business decision making.”
To provide businesses with immediate insights and information, the partnership will enable iFusion to spin-up compute and storage on-demand to enable quicker database queries closer to the original data source. Big data will be processed at the edge of Interoute’s network before being securely collected, verified and sent to a central system for archiving. The central iFusion analytics system will provide an umbrella view of all the regional inputs so big data analytics is still performed for the overall organisation.
“The reach of Interoute’s private cloud capability will allow us to deliver unprecedented access to our disruptive, highly scalable analytics platform,” concluded Charlie McAlister, VP sales and business development at iFusion Analytics. “Our customers will be able to truly ‘act local and think global’ by quickly acting on data insights pertinent to the various levels of their organisation.”
All data will be transferred using Interoute’s low-latency, private network to protect the security and sovereignty of information. If local regulations prohibit personal data from crossing national boundaries then iFusion’s local collector will anonymise the required data so that it can be rolled up safely and securely. Interoute will also enable iFusion to run its infrastructure with a smaller team. Using Interoute’s Object Storage and connectors, big data applications can be cut down to a smaller size and pre-loaded as bespoke templates onto VDCs so that different types of analytics can be performed at local sites.
About iFusion Analytics
iFusion Analytics provides highly scalable Integrated Big Data as a Service capability aimed at specific business problems. The “Templated” approach delivers a complete stack from the solution to a business problem through the Big Data Software componentry down to the deployment architecture and delivers capability as a service to our customers in conjunction with our partners. We have a presence in UK, US, Europe and India with global reach via our partners and alliances.
Pierre-Eric Cognard, Group CIO and CDO at Georges MONIN SAS, commented, "I know Interoute well and have worked with them on several previous occasions, so it felt natural to consult with them when choosing a network operator for our factory in China. I knew the international power of Interoute’s network and when comparing suppliers few are able to commit to such a worldwide quality of service. Interoute is more responsive and competitive than its rivals and its teams immediately adapted to our needs to provide the solutions we needed."
Cognard explained, "Low latency is extremely important to us. We monitor our production line through our centralised ERP in France and we found that the scanners we use in our Malaysian factory operate poorly if network latency between the two sites exceeds 200 ms. Up until now, we have accelerated our traffic flows with a Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution, but using the public internet is not reliable and secure enough for us moving forward. Following the setup of our MPLS network in China, Interoute will be responsible for connecting our infrastructure in Malaysia. We also plan to store our data nearer the factory sites by using Interoute's Virtual Data Centres in Hong Kong and Singapore, in order to be closer to users and reduce response times."
Martijn ten Kate, country manager Interoute Netherlands, commented, “The presence of our Enterprise Digital Platform in America, Europe and Asia combined with our high performance global network is supporting MONIN Group’s international development. The CIO of MONIN’s visit to our data center in Hong Kong provided validation for the technical and security aspects of our infrastructures and was the starting point of our collaboration.”Cognard concludes, "With Interoute, we have a single point of contact for the whole world, rather than different local providers. We also have access to technical support 24/7, as well as dedicated sales contacts. We gain coherence in our infrastructure and systems, and we have the same typology of service everywhere, which is much easier to manage."
Tomas Bräne, CIO at Camfil, said: "We have over the years acquired many companies, which means we have developed a vast and heterogeneous IT structure that has left us with a host of outdated hardware that needed to be replaced. We are now together with Interoute taking the critical first step of rolling out a secure, WAN Optimised, SD-WAN solution in order to centralise and modernise our IT environment. Interoute is providing us with a cost-effective solution that optimises traffic and improves the experience for our users as well as increasing our cost-control capabilities. At the same time, we have been able to minimise the risks associated with self-managed networks and old equipment.”
Mark Lewis, EVP Products at Interoute, said: “Interoute Cloud Connect is an ideal solution for a company such as Camfil, because its meets the demands of the global, distributed nature of their business. It scales to connect all of their offices to the high performance, global Interoute platform efficiently and securely, regardless of how many locations there are or where in the world they are found. The platform also makes it easy to plug in new services as the organisation develops - from Office 365 to Azure and AWS, telephony via Interoute’s Hosted Skype for Business, and other cloud services.”
Andrew Bacon, Customer Service Manager at Anglian Water, said: “Delivering excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do and Interoute really delivered for us. Along with their partner QueueLogic they took a truly collaborative approach; understood what we wanted and why, and gave us solutions in a very challenging timescale that our customers really appreciate. A well-deserved award.”
Philip Grannum, EVP for UK sales at Interoute, said: “Interoute worked with Anglian Water to come up with solutions that would achieve a direct and visible impact on the quality of service delivered to households across the East of England. Our delivery of these two new initiatives was done collaboratively and to an aggressive timescale, paying close attention to Anglian Water’s transformation needs. We are delighted to have been recognised in this way and look forward to future projects with Anglian Water”.
“The World Communication Awards are a major benchmark for the telecoms sector celebrating continued innovation and ingenuity in the industry. Interoute is committed to our strategic vision of innovation and world class service, and we are thrilled to see Interoute Virtual Data Centre recognised as the best cloud infrastructure available." said Gareth Williams, CEO of Interoute.