Tesco subsidiary signs €140,000 managed hosting deal

27 May 2010

Tesco Diets, an online subscription-based weight loss service, has relocated its IT infrastructure to a Dublin data centre that will reduce its hosting costs by 34pc and lower its power consumption by 70pc.

The company signed the deal, which is valued at €140,000 over three years, with the Dublin-based data centre operator Servecentric. The contract involved moving Tesco Diets’ IT infrastructure from a US location to a European hosting site.

Tesco Diets is part of the Tesco Group and the company said it made the move in order to meet its strategy for business growth, as it has been adding members rapidly in Ireland and the UK who avail of its online personalised diet plans and fitness programmes.

The site currently has more than a million visits every week and new rich-media features are constantly being added. The idea behind the new managed hosting agreement is to remove problems for visitors to the site, such as interruptions, time delays and latency.

As part of the contract, Servecentric is providing Tesco Diets with a managed hosting infrastructure, direct access to global telecoms networks and round-the-clock technical support so that the site is constantly available. The Dublin firm is also providing a range of managed IT services, such as monitoring and security.

Servecentric claimed its ability to minimise its environmental impact was an important factor in winning the deal, as the company’s operation in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, meets the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard. The site also complies with the ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management) standards.

By Gordon Smith

Photo: Helga Muir, sales and marketing manager, Servecentric, and Denis Finnegan, IT manager, Tesco Diets

Gordon Smith was a contributor to Silicon Republic