Had we somehow ended up on the set of the new James Bond movie? Were we deep inside the wastelands of Siberia having stumbled upon the secret lair of Russia’s special forces, the Spetsnaz?
Well, not exactly! We were, in fact, in the middle of the English countryside outside “The Bunker”, a former RAF installation, now reborn as one of the most secure data centres in Europe.
Increasing volumes of data, more complex applications and constant day to day security threats have resulted in numerous employers seeking to outsource their hosting solutions to specialised data centres. Many of eValue’s clients are major financial institutions who demand the highest levels of security, performance and compliance. For them, data loss is not an option.
The challenge for eValue was, therefore, to find a company that could not only host our application but, equally, had the necessary skills to know how to deal with data, disaster recovery and failover. The fact that the Bunker has roots in Open Source and Information security, is ISO27001 accredited and is based in ex-military facilities provides our clients with the assurance they need concerning the confidentiality, availability and integrity of their applications and data.
eValue has now migrated to a bespoke Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment, built by The Bunker, which is secure and fully compliant, with data sovereignty assured. The PaaS environment includes a shared web application layer, full disaster recovery and backup across two sites together with dedicated application and database servers to support corporate clients, all monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from the Bunker’s Security Operations Centre. PaaS also provides us with a faster and more cost-effective model for application development and delivery.
Why choose The Bunker?
The Bunker is not only ISO 27001 accredited, PCI DSS certified and fully compliant with all 12 PCI DSS v3.0 requirements, but, in addition, all Bunker based applications are protected by “The Bunker Protocol”. This is an all-encompassing methodology based on military grade data centres being continuously staffed by technical and security personnel, allowing direct access to qualified, hands-on support teams around the clock.
The Bunker’s PaaS environment enables eValue to rapidly provide new versions and instances of its applications, drop its code into production and quickly deliver the latest services and functionality to our clients.
Seamless portability of applications between test, development and production environments ensures rapid time to market for eValue’s products and bespoke solutions. In addition, optimised use of application hosting and Disaster Recovery environments enables the development of Agile code with the flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency of utility computing.
The Bunker also offers eValue ultra secure monitoring as part of its hosting solution. Our environment is monitored and managed and there are continual checks to ensure the servers are active. If anything fails or is outside pre-agreed parameters then an alert will be raised immediately to our 24 hour support team.
Another important factor is the strength of the relationship that eValue has with The Bunker. Working with The Bunker is like having a third team that’s always on hand. We are able to rely on the necessary expertise on both sides and have regular, often lively, shared technical sessions out of which many innovative and effective solutions have arisen.
Modern data needs to be protected from the many physical, human and digital factors that can compromise the availability of applications which are critical to any business.
Security, minimal downtime and reliability are the key capabilities that The Bunker brings and these provide a solution that works for our clients, The Bunker and us.
If you would like further information on the work we’ve done with The Bunker, read our case study.