iFleet awarded contracts for Vessel ICT Management and Ship Software

iFleet Systems is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract to manage a large fleet of car carrier and reefer vessel ICT systems.

The new client operates a transpacific liner service, specialising in the movement of cars and project cargo between Mexico, the US West Coast, China, Japan, Korea and Russia and is one of the world’s leading specialised reefer vessel operators and owners.

With offices located in London, Poland, Norway and San Francisco and a fleet of over 40 reefer and car carrier vessels the management and support of the ICT systems is an exciting opportunity for our company.


Cloud computing in the shipping industry?

There has been loads of hype surrounding cloud computing within the business world, but our industry is far more complex than the average office set up, so is it a concept that works for shipping?

Our friends at BisonGrid have a rather neat description that might ring some bells . . .

“The term Cloud computing comes from how the Internet has traditionally been symbolised in network diagrams and system designs using the image of a Cloud. In short cloud computing uses hosted resources located in large secure data centres to provide computer platforms, software, and information to end user devices – a bit like the electricity grid. Cloud technology itself has been defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as follows:

?Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources? that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three delivery models, and four deployment methods.?

It then gives the essential characteristics as:
? On-demand
? Ubiquitous network access
? Location-independent resource pooling
? Rapid elasticity
? Measured service

Another, more straightforward, example is the cloud as a commercial entity that enables users to purchase computer services and have them delivered as a service online.”

On-demand? Ubiquitous network access? Location-independent resource pooling? Isn’t this exactly what we need when managing ship to shore data synchronisation?

The reality is that we’ve been using the cloud for a number of years to manage distributed networks, its just the rest of the business world has finally wised up to the efficiency it can bring. At iFleet it may only be a small part of what we do, but it certainly has a role to play, contact us to find out more.

Don?t waste your time with data backup

The thankless task of backing up data every day ? it?s not a job that is appealing or interesting in any way, but it?s one of those jobs that has to be done; and if you?re really honest, does it actually get done as often as it should? At the end of a long, stressful day at the office, is it the one job that is forgotten about or ?can wait until tomorrow?? And what about the storage of these backup files ? many businesses make the mistake of storing them on-site so they?re easily accessible, but what happens if there?s a fire or flood, for example, and everything is destroyed? The backup process has then become pointless as it?s all gone up in flames or been swept away, and you?re left with nothing.

If you are one of the many businesses that still backup your own data and you can relate to these issues, it?s time you were introduced to the world of online data backup. It?s a simple, stress-free process that resolves all of the issues mentioned above without the need of human intervention or fiddly, confusing software, and the data is held off-site on a remote server for complete peace of mind.

Sounds appealing, but what about the security levels you?re probably thinking (and quite rightly so), and how do I get started? There are a number of companies on the market that offer this service, but with iFleet Systems, you?ll receive a quality of service that is second-to-none, combined with the strictest and toughest of security measures.

Initially, your machine will require the installation of a small piece of backup software, after which you can backup your data to a local storage device and schedule online backup to our servers located in our secure UK data centre. Before this happens, however, the data is compressed and encrypted so that it is unreadable, ensuring the most secure levels of data protection.

Daily backups are then performed without the need for human intervention, and only the work done that day needs to be backed up as the rest is already saved from the initial backup.

Should the worst happen and you experience a disaster that wipes out all of your data in the office, data recovery from the remote server is equally as quick and simple to restore; and what?s more, this restoration can be done anywhere in the world at any time, giving you one less thing to worry about in a crisis!

The benefits of online data backup are vast, and at a cost of ?20 per month for 5Gb of storage space, iFleet Systems really is the perfect solution for your data storage.