Friday 30 November 2012
Orange Digital is aiming to cut IT infrastructure costs by £2 million over three years using cloud computing.
The firm, a subsidiary of the telecoms giant, has replaced its legacy technology in a bid to gain additional scalability and flexibility, reports Computer Weekly.
One of the problems experienced by the firm is that its IT infrastructure came together through a series of mergers and acquisitions, and consequently was not standardised.
Neil Jennings, lead enterprise architect at Orange Digital, explained that the firm's IT was "expensive to run and time-consuming to maintain".
"Our traffic profile is variable in nature, which resulted in an over-sized infrastructure 90 per cent of the time," he stated.
Mr Jennings said the firm became limited by its fixed infrastructure at a time when traffic on Orange and mobile homepages rose to four billion requests monthly.
He said it would require "massive" up-front investment to ensure the firm's in-house IT is capable of meeting customer demand.
Matt Deal, lead operational architect at Orange Digital, said the move to the cloud has enabled some IT staff to concentrate on tasks other than infrastructure management.
“Our infrastructure and support team has gone from nine people to four, freeing up the other five to spend their time on developing software and adding value, not just operational maintenance,” he told the news provider.
Posted by Alex Boardman