London, UK – 8th May 2012 -/ Fusion Housing, a respected housing support charity, has today chosen Securstore, a market leader in enterprise Cloud Backup, to protect its mission-critical data across multiple sites. Fusion Housing provides a range of services to vulnerable individuals, including its financial Bond Bank, recycling, central services, learning, support and accommodation advice.

Due to the sensitivity of its data the non-profit organisation needed a secure solution that supports multiple backup sites as well as offering simple recovery procedures and strong compliance. These requirements could not be addressed by a standard off the shelf backup solution.

Lewis Barker, IT Manager at Fusion Housing said, “After extensive market research into Cloud Backup providers, we decided to move away from tape backups as it proved time consuming to manage and prone to regular unforeseen errors. Securstore was the best choice – its combination of a secure solution with excellent 24/7 technical support, as well as its independent recognition within the Cloud Backup marketplace, proves we have made the right choice.”

Fusion Housing’s data growth roadmap meant it required advanced control over what to backup. Securstore combats this challenge in two ways. Firstly its two-tier storage medium lets customers set retention rules on old file based backup sets. This moves old/non-changing data to an archive tier. Secondly the software GUI (graphical user interface) lets Fusion Housing add to and modify its backups 24 hours a day.

Lewis Barker continued, “As a charity cost and budget is always a key factor in our decision to implement new services. With Securstore, its unique multi-tier storage solution means the cost of older data storage is cheaper compared to critical data. This makes sense for our organisational strategy. We would never compromise on value but we also want a long term cost-effective solution – Securstore gives us this flexibility which is particularly important for an organisation like ours.”

Securstore uses 256 Bit AES encryption so data is encrypted both before it leaves the firewall and while it is stored in the data centre. Using a provider with ISO 27001 certification which is subjected to regular independent audits provides Fusion Housing the confidence that processes and procedures are being followed for protecting sensitive information.

Saaher Muzafer, CSO of Securstore said, “We are delighted to welcome Fusion Housing to our portfolio of clients. Its services cover all aspects of housing assistance; an extremely worthy cause. Our solution has been tailored to suit its technological and budgetary requirements – a key factor for a charitable organisation when choosing a long term backup provider.”

About Securstore
Established in 1991, Securstore is the trusted and specialist provider of Cloud Services. By using best of breed technology, it provides a simple, bespoke data solution that can protect data stores of all sizes. Ranging from a few gigabytes to hundreds of terabytes, Securstore helps businesses of every size and sector.

Since 2004, Securstore has offered Cloud Backup. This unique and sustainable model allows it to support customers across every sector, including financial, legal, engineering, retail and manufacturing, regardless of natural data growth.

Full 24/7 support ensures knowledgeable experts are always available to provide assistance and when combined with its head office in London, Securstore’s flexible solution is perfectly positioned to service its global client base. Depending on customer requirements, data is securely stored in UK or US data centres.

Securstore is registered and certified by the British Standards Institute (BSI) for ISO 27001 accreditation and also regulated by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). Its Cloud Services are fully compliant with major Standards, Acts and Directives like Sarbanes Oxley, the Data Protection Act, HIPAA and many other security / compliance standards.

Finally, Securstore is the only UK Asigra provider to be PC Pro Magazine recommended for its enterprise solution.

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About Fusion Housing
In 1991 SHAP was set up and managed by CHAS through a three-year Department of Health grant. At that time the project employed 6 members of staff and supported young people in thirty tenancies leased from the local authority. Throughout the years we’ve gone from strength to strength and at the point when we merged with CHAS we employed 46 members of staff, providing services to an average of 1,000 young people a year.

It’s not surprising that in the area of ethos and values, SHAP & CHAS came together with very little difficulty. As we’ve said SHAP grew out of CHAS and so we have a shared history and a shared commitment to provide quality services. There have been a number of ways in which we benefited from merging. First and foremost is the even better service we can provide to citizens of Kirklees. Whichever door someone comes through there are other doors that open up to our other services.

An important step on our journey to integrate our services in a meaningful way has been the development of a joint identity and to help this we’ve decided to change our name. This was Fusion Housing.

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