Client Focus: How Motorcycle Insurer Bennetts Kicked It Up a Gear with Datapipe’s Expertise and Infrastructure

Bennetts is the UK’s number one provider of bike insurance, insuring a quarter of a million motorcyclists across the UK. With over 85 years’ experience in the industry, the company has become one of the fastest growing insurance providers in the UK. In 2015, the Bennetts business was acquired by Saga plc.

Bennetts provides quotes to customers in three ways: via its website, through its call-centre, and to third-party insurance aggregators. Bennetts had an in-house technology team which had written its software stack and operated its infrastructure. Bennetts had been used to doing things its own way.

With the acquisition well underway, Bennetts was under pressure to move quickly in order to update its legacy infrastructure as well as modernise and improve the company’s systems. It had a wish-list of requirements which had to be met including virtualising its hardware and introducing a more resilient solution but it knew it couldn’t do it alone, it needed a partner to help the in-house team.

Datapipe guided them through every step of the process, not only offering trusted advice but helping Bennetts understand what those the steps entailed.

The result was that the entire production and e-commerce platform was moved onto Datapipe’s private cloud solution without downtime. Resilience is now built into a redundant solution across two data centres, on infrastructure that has the capability to grow with the company.

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Tony serves as Regional Marketing Director for Rackspace in the EMEA region, after holding a similar position at Datapipe, which he joined in 2015. An experienced IT and telecoms executive with a successful career in marketing, product management and sales, Tony has held senior positions for companies including Verizon, BT and Cable & Wireless. He has extensive knowledge of cloud, network, security and advanced communication products, technologies and managed services, and has worked in both direct and indirect channels to market. He also writes regularly about the ever-evolving cloud industry, and was named a top cloud computing blogger in 2017. Tony is a sports fanatic and for his sins, a passionate supporter of his hometown club, Everton FC. He lives in Sevenoaks, just outside London, with his wife and occasionally his son (when he’s not hard at work at University).