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Here you will find a selection of case studies, contract wins and general news articles about Concorde and the work are we doing.

Concorde and WatchGuard Next-Generation Security; protecting critical infrastructure at the UK’s number one wildlife attraction

When Chester Zoo decided to upgrade their existing firewall, Concorde IT Group was on hand to provide advice and support on the best security solutions available to them.

The zoo, which attracts around 1.4 million visitors per year and is home to over 11,000 animals, wanted the best possible solution to meet their needs and to fit the budget constraints of being a charitable organisation.

The logging and reporting features of their old solution were no longer sufficient for their needs and they wanted something that would cater for their IPS (Intrusion Prevention Service) and IDS (Intrusion Detection System) requirements.

Concorde, who provide cost effective and innovative IT solutions to businesses across the country, were approached as part of the tender process and asked to submit proposals for a fit for purpose solution that would meet their needs.

For Concorde, understanding the needs of their customers is vital to delivering services and support that go the extra mile. With over 28 years’ experience and through the use of Concorde's professional services team, they consider the current customer objectives and make the appropriate recommendations for moving forward, always ensuring that the customer receives the best possible outcome for their business.

After several discussions, Concorde put forward their recommendations and were successfully awarded the project.

WatchGuard, who build affordable, all in one network and content security solutions for business, became the vendor of choice. The WatchGuard XTM 5 Series firewall was of particular interest as it offered all the functionality Chester Zoo had requested. This range of Extensible Threat Management firewall delivers stronger security, flexible management, enhanced networking capabilities and in particular, provided the customer with Web 2.0 Application Filtering, IPS, IDS and SSL VPN – all at the most competitive price point.

Martin King, IT Manager at Chester Zoo commented,

“We chose Concorde because throughout the tender process, they listened to our needs and offered the right solution, which combined a feature rich product that ticked all of our boxes. Having looked into WatchGuard’s Enterprise Class models, we realised that their products were a good fit. With our budget in mind, they were the only vendor that came close to offering our required feature set. We received everything we needed and all with the support of Concorde.”

Matthew Wood, Sales Director at Concorde IT Group, is pleased to be supporting such a fantastic organisation,

“Chester Zoo is a great charity and a real asset to the region. We think they made the right choice by choosing a WatchGuard firewall; it’s a really robust product and will serve them well in the future. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them and offering our support in other areas of their IT systems.”

To find out more about how Concorde can help you get the most from your IT, please call 08432 480000