Leading the Race in IT Excellence

With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games key on the agenda for Scottish Athletics in 2014, ensuring the security and availability of their mission critical data was more important than ever before.

Scottish Athletics is the governing body for athletics in Scotland, with a membership totalling over 12,000, it is their job to foster, develop and control the sport of athletics in the country. With the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Scotland for only the third time in its history and athletics being a core sport at this major exhibition which is expected to bring 1 million spectators to Glasgow, it was vital that their IT systems performed well on this international stage.

Business Driver

In order to maintain their excellent standard of service to its members and assure the confidentiality of their sensitive data, Scottish Athletics demand a resilient and robust backup platform to guarantee the availability of their mission critical data.

Following a comprehensive analysis of the market, the governing body chose Onyx Group to deliver a solution on their Cloud Backup platform. Onyx’s reputation for delivering solutions on its own state-of-the-art infrastructure, using leading technology and all with an outstanding level of personal service placed them head and shoulders above the competition.


Powered by Asigra, the industry’s leading cloud backup platform, Onyx were able to replicate Scottish Athletics data between secure Hitachi Data Systems storage vaults at their ISO 27001 accredited data centres in Edinburgh and Newcastle. By utilising the Asigra platform, Onyx were able to provide the organisation with a cloud backup solution unrivalled in terms of security and speed of deployment.

The complete migration process to the cloud was advised and managed by Onyx and continues to be supported by highly skilled and accredited staff via the Onyx Service Desk in Edinburgh. This ensures that Scottish Athletics have one easy to reach, single point of contact for IT related issues.

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Key Benefits

The cloud backup solution helped Scottish Athletics to:

  • Ensure the security and availability of their data by replicating it across multiple geographically diverse locations.
  • Benefit from a more cost-effective service by eliminating the capital expenditure associated with managing and maintaining hardware.
  • Enhance member confidence by utilising Onyx Group’s resilient core network and industry-leading products.
  • Increase the time spent on their core activities by benefiting from rapid data recovery times, management and flexibility.

Onyx really understood the challenges that we faced as a business and helped to build a solution that really worked for us. Their world-class infrastructure, technology partnerships and excellent people, continue to give us the confidence that our IT is in safe hands.

Nigel Holl Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Athletics

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