An investment in the latest data storage technology is enabling United Dairy Farmers of Northern Ireland to manage its ever expanding volumes of transactional data.
United operates five dairy processing plants in the UK under its subsidiary company Dale Farm, and collects over 1 billion litres of milk per year.
United went to Northgate Infrastructure Solutions to deploy a storage area network to help handle the vast quantities of data being processed and analysed by its group-wide business applications, including its main enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
The system improves system performance and user efficiency while also providing an opportunity to simplify data backup and security, said United.
Northgate has also assisted United with the implementation of improved anti-virus and anti-spamming systems to cope with growing junk e-mail.
Northgate is providing a remote monitoring service to minimise the need for on-site IT support, and to identify and resolve problems before they impact end-users.
David Brown, group IT director at United Dairy Farmers, said, "In addition to improving our data security, the key benefit of our partnership with Northgate has been the identification and implementation of a number of key technical solutions that support all major data processing systems within the business."
He said, "By reducing the time required to manage and monitor our infrastructure we have been able to concentrate our time on implementing new systems which provide tangible benefits to our business as well as improving customer service."