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Apply Financial stores huge amounts of global bank data in the conduct of its business validating payments for many of the world’s biggest banks. Consequently, security was of paramount importance when choosing its cloud provider. As a fast-growing start-up with a tight budget, scalability and cost-effectiveness were other critical factors.
Aware of Sungard Availability Services’ heritage and track record of delivering high availability solutions, Apply Financial approached Sungard AS to be its technology partner. The company was originally seeking a colocation environment but on discussing options with Sungard AS it recognised that a cloud solution would give it the flexibility, agility and resilience it needed.
“It’s scalable at the flick of a switch, supports PCI DSS compliance and many of our European clients like knowing their data is hosted within Europe rather than the US. What’s more, it’s a very cost-effective solution as we benefit from a world-class infrastructure we could never otherwise afford.”
According to Bradbury, “The cloud was a revolutionary concept for the financial sector at the time” and although at the start he faced initial resistance from some ultra-cautious companies wary of storing sensitive data in the cloud, the Sungard Availability Services name with its fabled “five nines” availability provided the reassurance they needed.
Sungard AS’ Enterprise Cloud Services balance the flexibility and efficiencies of multi-tenanted infrastructure with the enterprise-grade performance and protection normally only achievable with a private cloud. Apply Financial values Sungard AS’s methodical, proceduralised way of working.
“Although we’re a young, agile company we’ve built our business around solid procedures and value this approach from our partners. Moving to the cloud has been a major step for us as a business but Sungard AS has made it painless. Throughout the process to date I’ve found Sungard AS to be reliable, adaptable and thoroughly professional.”
You can read Apply Financial’s full story here.
Or watch Mark Bradbury discussing his experience of working with Sungard AS on YouTube.