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Financial Software Limited transforms service delivery with a hosted solution from Claranet

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The challenge Founded as an independent software vendor (ISV), FSL has developed a range of innovative applications for investment management and taxation. Changing market trends, however, have driven an increase in the demand for more innovative service delivery models. "What we have seen recently is that more and more companies are moving away from the traditional model of simply buying software and then installing it on their own systems," remarked Joe Hughes, Senior Technical Consultant at Financial Software Limited. "We realised that one way to help our customers maximise efficiencies was to broaden the scope of our service offerings and develop a software-as-a-service [SaaS] solution. Now, in addition to selling software, we also provide hosting services for our application portfolio." Response to FSL's new service offerings has been impressive, and the company realised that if it was to maintain the high levels of service that customers had come to expect, it needed to improve the scalability and flexibility of its existing IT environment. The solution Claranet worked with FSL to design and implement a fully managed solution, running on IBM System x3550 servers with a dedicated storage area network (SAN). Claranet began by converting FSL's physical architecture to a virtual environment, using VMware vSphere. FSL Financial Software Limited (FSL) is a leading financial software company that has supported clients in the UK financial markets for over 16 years. FSL currently delivers its applications and services to more than 75 clients, who range from some of the UK's largest financial institutions to smaller investment management funds and banks. Claranet case study FSL Financial Software Limited transforms service delivery with a hosted solution from Claranet

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