High-performance hosting for forensic investigation services

FRP Advisory are one of the UK’s largest business advisory consultancies. They provide forensic, debt advisory and corporate finance services to enterprises going through strategic change.

Cloudhelix provides high-performance private cloud infrastructure to support FRP's forensic activity and financial investigation.

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FRP Advisory needed a powerful cloud platform to run forensic analysis on highly sensitive client data.
Hear from Mark Iwasko, IT Director at FRP on why they chose Cloudhelix.

The brief

FRP are constantly ingesting infrastructure to host while advisory services are carried out. This makes their requirements unique: they need a high-performance platform that's capable of running any workload, despite how old or non-standard the ingested environment might be. They need a platform they can count on with additional resource ready and waiting, should they need it at any point during an advisory engagement.

The solution

With this in mind, Cloudhelix provided a private cloud solution within memory compute on VMware with guaranteed read write IO performance. FRP are now completing batch processes in two hours that had previously taken over a day. This solution is simply not available in the market without buying, building and maintaining their own dedicated hardware.

Cloudhelix offer us significantly more value than a hybrid cloud because our business challenges evolve. Their expertise, relationship and delivery gives us a huge amount of value that we can pass onto our clients.

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Mark Iwaszko - IT Director

The delivery

Utilising Cloudhelix’s private cloud platform gives FRP the peace of mind that applications can be deployed quickly and easily to meet client demand. It’s imperative their cloud infrastructure is robust and reliable, whatever challenges client technology throws their way.

Adding to this, the forensic analysis that FRP carry out for clients requires high-performance storage for maximum IO performance. Because of the sensitivity of the data, the IO required and the costs associated when running resource-heavy operations, traditional public cloud platforms weren't an option for FRP.

The impact

Prior to working with Cloudhelix, hosting projects would stack up alongside ongoing client support, which meant FRP often relied on expensive freelance expertise to deliver projects. To move away from this, and save the business money, they handed over all infrastructure to Cloudhelix, freeing their team up to focus on revenue generating client projects by offloading support.

FRP also benefit from having Cloudhelix's experts on-hand, available quickly and easily–without the hassle of support call centres to provide the insight they need to keep projects moving forward. This provides support for FRP across cloud strategy, internal IT requirements and also client projects, in which Cloudhelix are able to offer their expertise to ensure the best solution is realised for all parties involved.

At Cloudhelix, we believe that the better we get to know a company, its goals, how they operate and what they require from infrastructure, we are able to offer far more value than hosting alone or helping with a one-off project. Our work over the years with FRP is testament to this, and is just one of many partnerships that allow us to ensure the cloud is working its hardest for our clients.