Story image

AvantiGas opts for UK-based Six Degrees in multi-cloud transformation

17 Jul 18

AvantiGas has chosen Six Degrees to build and host its data and IT services on a multi-cloud platform across 16 countries in Europe.

The international supplier of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) and member of the UGI Corporation will be employing Six Degree’s hybrid methodology across its UK data centres and European Azure data centres supported by the Microsoft platform.

Six Degrees asserts the decision will enable AvantiGas to operate at the highest level of service while simultaneously providing customers with up-to-the-minute information regarding deliveries.

“We operate in a highly competitive market and to remain on top we needed to streamline our processes in a way that would fundamentally improve our service to customers. This meant streamlining the delivery of 93 million bottles of gas across Europe while reducing operating costs. To achieve this goal it was essential to harmonise our IT solutions across the company to a common, unified platform,” says UGI International North head of IT Steve Jones.

“We had such great feedback from the UK team on the service that Six Degrees was providing that I travelled to their office to review how the solution was helping to drive growth and meet objectives in that region. From there it was clear that this was a solution that should be implemented across Europe – they were the technology partner we needed and wanted.”

In terms of the actual multi-cloud solution that Six Degrees is providing, it is made up of four main components – managed workspace, managed hosting, voice and data, and security spanning Six Degrees’ data centres and the Microsoft Azure platform.

With the goal to enable AvantiGas to place more focus on its fuel distribution service rather than on IT, Six Degrees is taking care of disaster recovery and backup, voice over IP, licensing, communications, migration services, and interconnections between Azure and its data centre platforms.

“We are delighted to be working with AvantiGas on this pan-European deployment,” says Six Degrees head of customer marketing David Rickets.

“Understanding our customers’ goals is always a top priority and with regard to this project, streamlining operations is a big step in enabling AvantiGas to achieve its goal of delivering faster, more consistent and higher quality services to its customers. We look forward to a continued working relationship with AvantiGas and building on this strong partnership.”

The new world of edge data centre management
Schneider Electric’s Kim Povlsen debates whether the data centre as we know it today will soon cease to exist.
Can it be trusted? Huawei’s founder speaks out
Ren Zhengfei spoke candidly in a recent media roundtable about security, 5G, his daughter’s detainment, the USA, and the West’s perception of Huawei.
How HCI helps enterprises stay on top of data regulations
Increasing data protection requirements will supposedly drive the demand for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions across the globe.
Vodafone and PNSol champion new ‘invisble network’ broadband project
"As an industry, we've increased the speed of broadband to one gigabit and beyond, which is a remarkable achievement, but we now have to look beyond speed."
Top 3 cloud computing predictions – what’s in store for 2019?
Virtustream's Deepak Patil shares his predictions for how cloud computing will evolve in 2019.
London’s pricy data centres allow Frankfurt to overtake
According to a new report, data centre pricing in the UK is among the highest in Europe, which is seeing other countries prosper.
Rubrik welcomes $261m funding for new market expansion
The company intends to use the funds from new investor Bain Capital Ventures will go toward future innovation and expansion.
Survey finds retailers 'bullish' on hybrid cloud adoption
The retail industry takes no prisoners and that’s made clear in its 'on the pulse' adoption of new technologies.