Maritime contractor Briggs Marine is migrating to a private enterprise cloud platform to help safeguard operations from outages, ensure remote data access to international teams and deliver IT flexibility.

Scottish firm Briggs' range of services include vessel charter and management, marine civil engineering, subsea cable repair and maintenance, operation and maintenance of aids to navigation, salvage and wreck removal, oil and gas terminal operations and an international emergency oil spill response service.

All of the data services, communications and databases required to support Briggs' operations will now be hosted via provider Pulsant’s virtualised platform. Pulsant has just signed a deal with HP to become the first in the UK to use HP's Gen 8 server systems to provide cloud services to customers.

Pulsant will provide a data back-up service along with technical support to Briggs' growing operations. Mark Hilson, group IT manager at Briggs Marine, said: "If we need to expand locations or add new client teams we can now literally just ‘plug them in’ over the internet with no additional capital cost.

"We now have a real strategic advantage with the ability to respond quickly to business opportunities anywhere in the world with instant IT support."

Briggs' private cloud is ISO and PCI compliant, providing additional assurance to its clients that include the MoD, BP and Exxon. The cloud also reduces Briggs' energy consumption, and the Pulsant data centre has a 100 percent renewable energy policy.

Earlier this month Revlon said it was moving to an "agile" data infrastructure and turning its 3.6 petabytes of business data into a "business driver" through a private cloud architecture.

The cosmetics group went to NetApp for a new data storage and management system to help manage the information that is generated from manufacturing and distributing millions of beauty products each year.

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