GSH relocates its disaster recovery centre
The company adopted a stage transition from the previous site at Longton in Staffordshire that involved transfer of all backup data for business' operations across the UK, Ireland and US. Three years ago, GSH relocated back-office administration to Tarbet, as a result of discussions with the Highlands & Islands Enterprise. This made them the largest employer in the area with 22 local people getting hired. Local contractors were brought in to renovate part of the existing administration centre and BT had to create the appropriate communication links to the Island. The DRC at Tarbet coordinates its databases with GSH's main systems at its headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent. It includes all elements of the company's computerised contract management system, Maximo, financial accounting system, Sun and its wireless handheld technology.and Sun, its finance package. This ensures that in case of any major disruption of GSH's main systems, the Tarbert DRC would be up and running within less than 60 minutes. Maxwell Segal, Group Technology & Innovations Director at GSH, explains: "It is vital that we as a Group have a highly resilient disaster recovery centre which will allow us to continue to service our customers in almost any situation. Nearly 80% of companies go bust following a business critical disaster if they do not have proper procedures in place. This will not happen to GSH."GSH, along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of facilities management services, building fabrication, property maintenance, energy and asset management. The Company manages hard facilities services at more than 35,000 sites in the United Kingdom, Eire, Continental Europe and the United States.