Kingdom Housing

The Client

Kingdom Housing Association was founded in 1979 and is a registered social landlord managing approx. 4000 properties in Fife, Perth, Kinross and Clackmannanshire. Kingdom Housing Association’s mission is to be a leading provider and developer of quality affordable housing in Scotland and to be recognised as a customer focused and innovative landlord and service provider.

Kingdom Housing Association’s Head Office is in Glenrothes and the organisation has further offices in Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline and a few smaller support bases providing localised care services in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Kennoway and Falkirk.

Existing situation (2014)

Kingdom Housing Association’s data network was based on standard broadband services where a broadband line and service had been installed at each of the main sites. These sites had been networked together using Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, meaning complex router and firewall configurations were needed at each site, which were time consuming with maintenance and financial implications. The connected sites utilised a single standard broadband at Head Office as an internet breakout.

This 2014 set up had low speeds, low bandwidth, no business continuity and required an increasing high level of IT maintenance. As a forward thinking organisation KHA were looking towards cloud computing and virtualisation and with this in mind they realised that they needed to review and upgrade their entire data network.

Requirement

To provide a fully managed data network and managed firewall providing KHA with flexible connectivity together with full business resilience and co-located rack space to host the organisation’s servers and cloud applications.

Outcome for Client

As a result of a recommendation from another Housing Association, DB Comms were invited to take part in a competitive tender along with several other organisations. Throughout the process DB Comms were able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technology and aligned the solution to meet the operational requirements of KHA. Our understanding coupled with our proven track record and cost effective solution all contributed towards a successful outcome for DB Comms.

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