In what is believed to be a first for the industry, ANV Holdings has launched a cloud storage solution for all the major payroll applications at last week’s IFSEC security exhibition.
ANV Holdings, in partnership with Huawei Symantec, says the cloud storage solution eCloud integrates to the time andattendance software, Time Manager Platinum, providing a fully integrated, payroll, time and attendance, and cloud solution.
Time Manager Platinum is installed in over 2 500 sites. It integrates with all major payroll systems including VIP and can be used with most access control hardware such as fingerprint, hand-geometry and facial recognition technology.
“By adopting Huawei Symantec’s Oceanspace CFS cloud storage platform, we are offering companies of all sizes an off-site cloud computing backup solution through a secure, encrypted connection,” says David Neaves, a director at ANV Holdings.
“Companies will be able to secure mission-critical data and minimise the risk of data loss through system failure or theft. This is one of the key challenges of a secure cloud solution,” he says.
Huawei Symantec’s Oceanspace is being used as family provides the hardware platform for the eCloud solution giving flexibility in redundant backup options for ADSL, 3G and HSPDA connectivity.
“These three connectivity options are the most common for remote users in South Africa and provide ease of use and high availability,” says Edmont Rao, regional director for the sub-Saharan region, Huawei Symantec.
Neaves says the choice of Huawei Symantec’s USG router is based on it being one of the most secure systems available for ADSL and 3G connectivity.
“It is a next-generation multi-service gateway that integrates security, routing, switching, wireless access and voice service functions. All these features are crucial for an effective cloud computing solution.
“It provides enhanced network security through functions such as anti-virus, invasion detection and URL filtering also critical components for a secure cloud computing solution,” he says.
Because security is key requirement for cloud computing, the embedded software in the hardware, such as Huawei Symantec’s UTM+, addresses these issues. It combines Huawei Symantec’s security engine with a virus signature database giving threat identification, categorisation and detection capabilities.
“UTM+ improves on traditional UTM product security. This is critical for a secure cloud solution when delivering converged multimedia, data and voice streams,” says Neaves.