Horizon International Cargo
Horizon have gone from a small freight forwarder to an award-winning business and Coretek are proud to have helped lay the IT foundations for their continuing success.
About Horizon International Cargo
Horizon International Cargo is one of the fastest-growing freight forwarders in the UK. They have over 20 years of experience in the industry and a worldwide presence with offices in London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Miami, New York and Tokyo.
Their continued achievements have led to a number of accolades, such as their recent inclusion in London Stock Exchange’s “Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”, “Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe” and The Sunday Times’ “International Track 200.”
An innovative approach to IT has helped assist this growth, including seamlessly connecting all global offices and their unique hiCloud ordering and tracking system.
Coretek are privileged to have been Horizon’s technology partner for almost two decades. In this time, we have worked together to produce a reliable, scalable IT infrastructure that can service Horizon’s client base.
It was established early on in Horizon’s growth that they would require a solution to be able to share files across their different offices. Microsoft’s DFS technology was used, which allows for each site to keep a local copy of data, with any changes automatically synced to the other sites in real time. Such an approach negates the performance issues that would come with having to access data in another location across a VPN but keeps the benefits of all sites looking at a consistent set of data.
This foundation would be complemented by the emergence of cloud technology as Horizon moved to a hybrid cloud approach.
In addition to the existing infrastructure, Coretek designed and implemented a private cloud platform for Horizon, hosted in our own CoretekCloud. One key part of this platform is its scalability. Horizon can bring additional servers online or allocate additional resources at the touch of a button – making them able to adapt quickly to additional demands.
They have also layered public cloud services like Office 365 on top of this so they can take advantage of the cloud-based apps and collaboration tools that this suite provides such as SharePoint, Teams and Skype for Business.
Horizon themselves have carried out considerable development work in-house, led by CTO David Mapes. Most notably, the inception of their revolutionary hiCloud platform, which allows clients to be able to track their orders directly from the Horizon website.
All of the above have helped provide Horizon with a solid foundation for further growth.
Horizon’s expansion continues at pace with a new office in Dublin and more to come.
On the technology side, Coretek are working alongside Horizon on a major refresh of their cloud hardware to keep them right up to date with the latest technology now and into the future.
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