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British Heart Foundation chooses Globix to pump new blood into charity's website

Howard Lake | 2 May 2006 | News

Best-of-breed hosting ensures 24/7 access to vital health information & donation services
May 2 2006: The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and managed hosting provider Globix today announced major enhancements to the charity’s website infrastructure to improve online performance and reliability, helping enhance the user experience of BHF’s 450,000 monthly website visitors.
The BHF, which is the largest independent funder of heart research in the UK, is confident that online donations will increase significantly in 2006 above the £1.5million raised in 2005.
“We are continuously looking for ways to improve the service the BHF website offers to our visitors,” explained Randy Perkins, Web Development Manager at the BHF. “Globix offers a hosting solution that guarantees a 24/7 web presence. Since Globix began hosting bhf.org.uk in March 2006 we’ve not been let down once.”
Globix has designed and implemented a bespoke hosting and security infrastructure for BHF, using best of breed technologies and PRINCE2 project management methodology. The solution offers the Charity increased capacity and is being housed in Globix’ state of the art London data centre, which has some of the most advanced power and cooling capabilities in the UK.
“Good hosting is not cheap and choosing the wrong provider can cost an organisation dearly, not just in capital investment, but in terms of lost revenues and major brand damage. As a charity, the British Heart Foundation is very conscious about all of these, but especially about how it spends money,” explained Paul Court, Director of Operations, Globix UK. “We are confident that the improvements we have already enabled, alongside the new services we will underpin for BHF, will help us return the BHF’s investment very quickly.”
Revenue generated by the website is vital to BHF. It directly funds research, education and care. The site also provides a valuable public service, giving people a resource for information on heart problems. It is therefore very important that the website is constantly available for users and that it is supported by the highest levels of security to protect financial information.
“Globix fully understands the importance of service availability for BHF. The infrastructure we have built will make sure it can focus on creating new web services while we focus on ensuring that they can be used to their full potential,” added Paul.
Randy concluded, “Globix has been extremely responsive and helpful. Currently we’re going to focus on expanding the content on the site to include video, something we haven’t tried before, and hope this will enhance the user’s experience by creating a more adventurous and interactive site. Moving forward we will look at adding to the services we offer BHF partners, including the possible development of extranets.”
For further press information please contact:
Caroline Howlett or Dan Warren
Nelson Bostock Communications
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About Globix UK (www.globix.com)
Globix UK is a leading managed hosting and security services provider, offering a one-stop outsourcing-shop for businesses looking to reduce the cost, complexity and risk associated with managing complex web infrastructures.
It’s comprehensive portfolio of products and services includes: infrastructure (co-location, business continuity, networks); managed hosting and security (server admin, IDS, DDoS); application management (databases, custom code, web servers) and media services (streaming); supported around the clock by a team of highly experienced consultants and engineers.
Globix provides expert solutions for SMEs through to large blue-chip businesses across a range of vertical markets, and has over 400 UK customers including Lloyds TSB, The Telegraph, Carphone Warehouse, 888.com and Ebookers. It owns and manages its own infrastructure and operates some of the most advanced data-centre facilities in Europe.
Globix UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globix Corporation, which is headquartered in New York (AMEX:GEX).
About British Heart Foundation (www.bhf.org.uk)
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is leading the battle against heart and circulatory disease – the UK’s biggest killer. The Charity is a major funder and authority in cardiovascular research. It plays an important role in funding education, both of the public and of health professionals, and in providing life-saving cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and patient care. For more information on the BHF, visit bhf.org.uk