S and S Distribution

Compatibility keeps logistics operations moving

Hybrid cloud and server configuration meets email, tracking, warehouse and backup needs.

Requirements

Tonbridge-based S&S Distribution operates an international freight business, with offerings ranging from a complete outsourced distribution solution to palletised transportation and the forwarding of hazardous materials. The company operates a 24 hour operation from extensive modern distribution facilities, using advanced computerised order and vehicle planning systems to guarantee professionalism and security at all times. With over 50,000 sq ft of warehousing space in two state-of-the-art facilities, the latest tracking systems and the intensive needs of a highly regulated business, the company’s IT system forms a key enabler to its success.

The company was seeking better efficiency and cost-effectiveness in its IT systems and was keen to exploit the potential of working in the cloud for some, but not all of its operations.

Solution

Compatibility’s team brings together a wealth of experience in analyzing customers’ needs and developing the most efficient and cost-effective cloud and on-premises systems. Following Compatibility’s initial analysis a hybrid solution was developed with cloud based email and Office 365 services blended with a virtual server environment using Microsoft Hyper—V and multiple backup solutions both on-site and in the cloud.

“Ours is a complex system to get right as we have many different IT systems with a 24/7 requirement.”

John Childs, Administration Manager at S&S Distribution

“Compatibility’s consultative approach allowed us to build a hybrid solution, comprising both physical and virtual server technology, and blended that with the latest cloud email and backup solutions to offer the greatest flexibility for our team and the best productivity and cost control for the business.

“Probably the most important thing is that we have a system that is comprehensive, robust and secure to meet our current needs and it is also one that offers us flexibility and scalability as we grow in the future. And it is backed up by Compatibility’s responsive team who are able to offer remote analysis and diagnostics to beat problems in our system before they occur”.

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Services provided

  • Cloud computing
  • Server virtualization
  • Email solutions
  • Data backup
  • IT support

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