NextGear Capital

“With our managed private cloud, we’ve been able to ensure our service has performed as expected from day one, we have also the compute resource we need on tap as we grow. We are very pleased with what we have been able to achieve and the Cetus Solutions team has been great to work with, enabling us to meet all of our key milestones.”

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The opportunity.
NextGear Capital Ltd is an innovative new automotive services company. Launched in May 2014 with 40 employees, it offers a pioneering new stock funding model to independent car dealers in the UK. NextGear Capital needed a robust IT infrastructure in place that could handle its business demands and be elastic enough to expand with the company’s impending growth.

“We were impressed with Cetus’ enterprise IT knowledge, its experience with cloud and its systems design expertise. We felt confident that they would be able to meet our ambitious time scales and requirements.”

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The solution.
Cetus Solutions developed NextGear Capital’s private cloud using a converged infrastructure that combines servers and networking with virtualisation technology and storage. This provided a highly efficient, secure, fault tolerant environment to host and manage NextGear Capital’s data and applications. In addition to the cloud platform, a virtual desktop infrastructure based on Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp was designed to centralise the provision and management of desktop applications to staff, accessed from thin clients located around the office. Citrix XenMobile was deployed to provide secure application access from mobile devices, such as tablets, with Atlantis ILIO used to ensure fast application performance over the desktop and mobile virtual sessions and to optimise storage bandwidth. Cetus Solutions takes full responsibility for maintaining and updating the infrastructure and provides support seven days a week to NextGear Capital, whilst they have full access to the environment, as if the data centre is located on premise.

“The solution needed to be bespoke to our unique business model and be able to provide the reliability, high performance and security required to protect the integrity of our largely online business,”
explained the managing director of NextGear Capital.

“We see Cetus Solutions as more than our IT partner, they are our infrastructure innovation partner. We have lots of ideas about where we want to take our services and Cetus Solutions will be instrumental in supporting our long-term plans.”

The result.
NextGear Capital’s IT infrastructure provides the optimum platform to meet customer and partner service KPIs and the robustness required to support the company’s financial transactions.