Conosco shortlisted in the UK IT Industry Awards

Exciting news for Conosco – we’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the UK IT Industry Awards, for our hybrid cloud migration project with luxury handbag and accessories retailer, Anya Hindmarch.

The ‘Best Use of Cloud Services’ award recognises outstanding IT projects implementing cloud-based services or applications.

We’ve been providing strategic IT support to Anya for 14 years, working with the brand when it had just a few employees in a London office. We supported Anya to expand through small shops and concessions, using IT to deliver connectivity via point-of-sale (PoS) devices and a customer relationship system. Since then, Anya has grown into a global brand that has over 45 stores – including flagships in New York, London and Tokyo. We’re proud to say we’ve been there all the way.   

In 2015, Anya’s continued growth meant that their existing IT infrastructure was no longer suitable. We recommended they migrate to a hybrid cloud infrastructure to support their global expansion.

The implementation involved all production servers being migrated to a VMWare vCloud Air platform while retaining on-premise servers to provide print, image deployment and Windows domain services. We also undertook groundbreaking work by creating a ‘first-of-its-kind’ interconnect between vCloud Air platform and Anya’s MPLS network, creating a direct, secure connection between all sites and hosted infrastructure without routing traffic over the public internet.

All servers on the cloud platform were also fully backed up, so in the unlikely event that something went wrong, Anya’s data can be restored from another cloud provider.

Dan Orteu, Operations and IT Director at Anya Hindmarch, said: “As the business continues to grow rapidly both in the UK and abroad, it has become ever more important that we have a truly scalable and robust IT infrastructure. The migration of all our Head Office servers to vCloud has made this possible.”

Max Mlinaric, Founder and Managing Director of Conosco, added:

Conosco’s recommendations gave Anya the ability to address the performance needs of their thriving business, eliminate traditional risks associated with having on-premise core server infrastructure and create a consistent, global, multi-national platform.

For more information read the case study here or find out more about our services here.

The UK IT Industry Awards dinner takes place on 16 November.