Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich: Smart421 helps Haven Power migrate its billing system to the ‘cloud’ with Amazon Web Services

06:00 02 June 2014

Smart421

Smart421's managing director, Neil Miles.

Archant

Systems integration specialist Smart421, based at the Felaw Maltings in Ipswich, has helped another local firm to migrate a key platform which is now hosted in the “cloud” on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Haven Power’s Energy Retail Suite (ERS), its core billing and registration system, previously ran on internally managed systems.

The migration means that Haven, which is a specialist retailer of energy to the business sector and based on Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, is now able to benefit from the flexibility and resilience offered by AWS.

Hosting is across several Amazon Availability Zones, providing a robust platform for the vital system, with the re-platform and migration process having been fully designed by Smart421.

The project involved a team of around 20 people and ran from March to May 2014, following a proof of concept phase started in 2013.

Paul Armstrong, business systems manager at Haven Power, said: “Our ERS billing platform, developed by EDW Technology, is truly business critical for us.

“This has been a complicated technical project. The involvement of the Smart421 team from the original conception last October through to the actual implementation illustrates how Smart421 can work as a trusted partner committed to the success of a project for their customers.

“The feedback internally here has been totally positive about the way the system has gone live with improved user performance.”

Neil Miles, managing director at Smart421, said: “As Haven Power continues its phenomenal and successful growth, their need for flexibility and business agility is a perfect use case for cloud computing.

“Their confidence in Amazon Web Services has been evidenced since 2011 when they first adopted AWS for hosting other applications in their IT estate.

“Smart421 is extremely pleased to have smoothly delivered yet another successful Cloud migration, particularly considering the complexity and mission critical nature of this platform. Smart421 is delighted to continue its association with Haven Power as it goes from strength to strength.”

2 comments

  • It seems that misunderstandings still exist around the point of cloud computing. If "beerlover" would like to contact us at Smart421, we'd be pleased explain what it really means for local and national businesses.

    Report this comment

    Joseph (Smart421)

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Very useful, handing all their data over to Amazon. A US company that has to hand over any data demanded by the NSA without question. So anybody's personal data will be available to the US government, as will any trade secrets held in files on the Cloud. Which the US government will steal and hand over to their own companies. Good thinking, people.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Monday, June 2, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Laura Pearman and Elise Augier from Martin & Co with Jack Nicholl and Paul Seymour of pigs gone wild welcome Trotter Pig back after he returns from Hogspital. Pictured with some young pig fans.

Trotters Pig returned to the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich this lunchtime after being damaged earlier this month.

Customer spared jail

A man who told a building society cashier to hand over money while pointing what turned out to be a rolled newspaper under his coat at her has been given a suspended prison sentence for what was described as “a joke that hideously backfired.”

Robber hunted

A robber who held-up an Ipswich taxi driver at knifepoint early this morning is being hunted by police.

Police are investigating

Police have been called to Thurston Road near Bury St Edmunds this evening after a bull escaped its field and onto the road.

The Milburn Centre Syndicate at the West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk have scooped £1 million pounds in the National Lottery. Some of the lucky winners received their cheque at Ickworth Hall Hotel, Suffolk.  Picture by: Jason Mitchell

A syndicate of 20 West Suffolk College staff are celebrating their Lotto Millionaire Raffle win.

The Chinese restaurant fire in Halstead - image from Essex County Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to a blaze that broke out at a Chinese restaurant in High Street, Halstead, this afternoon.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A north Essex man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after an Ipswich father-of-three was seriously hurt during a night out.

Updated GVs of the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

A popular Bury St Edmunds music venue could save the taxpayer £150,000 a year by raising ticket prices an average of just £2.

The main terminal building at Stansted Airport

A fugitive brothel madam who went on the run for seven years abroad before being caught at Stansted Airport is behind bars.

Car theft and break in

Motorists in Kesgrave are being urged to keep their cars locked and valuables out of sight after the latest in a string of attempts to access them.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24