SMA Financial, SWIFT Regional partner for UK, Eire, Channel Islands and the Nordics has announced that it has completed an infrastructure upgrade at its primary data centre which is housed in The Bunker, an ultra secure facility. The resulting capacity increase will support future growth of the SMA Bureau Service whilst providing the very highest levels of security and resilience which is essential in today's demanding environment where very high levels of service uptime are required.
SMA's investment in this infrastructure ensures that it can maintain high levels of service to customers connecting to the Bureau Service for critical financial messaging whilst building systems for the future which can accommodate significant growth in the use of SWIFT and other messaging traffic. In the unlikely event of the primary centre becoming unavailable, Bureau Service operations are switched to SMA's secondary site, ensuring there is minimal interruption to business and service continuity for bureau customers.
SMA has three data centres with the primary location housed at The Bunker, an ex-Ministry of Defence facility built to house the nation's critical infrastructure. It is located outside of London, to minimise the risks posed by the threat of terrorist attacks and urban disaster. The facility is ISO27001 accredited and reduces the risk of external interruption such as hacking or viruses that can compromise the availability of business critical applications.
The Bunker ensures that the SMA Bureau Service operates and is maintained under the strictest possible security standards. SMA has its own dedicated suite at The Bunker with physical access restricted to a list of approved personnel. Uninterruptible power supplies and dedicated generators allied to multiple onsite ISPs, carriers and telcos provide consistent connectivity to SWIFT and other external networks.