Oxfam has announced it will use Rackspace's Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure to help move its services from its own private cloud to the firm's public platform.
Oxfam had been weighing up a move to the public cloud back in 2015, with its CIO Peter Ransom telling V3 at the time that both Azure and Amazon Web Services were in the running.
"We have 200 servers at the moment in various countries. If you think about the logistics of putting these servers in, it's a real challenge. We have to get it past customs, have the right IT staff to install them and so on," Ransom said at the time.
"Furthermore, the clouds I can buy commercially are much more secure than the ones I can build, and I know I can never keep the investment up to keep them secure like a dedicated partner, so it makes sense for us."
Now, the charity has confirmed it is moving to Azure, with Nick Harris, Information Systems (IS) Service Delivery Manager at Oxfam saying the platform offers the mix of benefits it was seeking.
"The decision to migrate to a public cloud was driven by the cost effectiveness, scalability and resilience it can offer," he said.
"After reviewing a number of cloud platforms, we decided that Microsoft Azure was the one that best matched these needs."
As part of the migration the charity has turned to Rackspace, so that it has constant support to ensure any issues are dealt with swiftly, freeing up its IT team to focus on initiatives that can benefit the business.
"We acknowledged early on that we required additional skills and 24x7x365 support to maintain the infrastructure, and Rackspace demonstrated that it had the capability and experience to provide this," he said.
"Having this support available means that our IS Service Delivery team can spend more time working towards the charity's key objectives, with peace of mind that our IT systems are running efficiently."
The Rackspace team aim to have all of Oxfam's services moved to Azure in ten month, with consultants and project managers involved to keep tabs on deadlines and budgets.
Darren Norfolk, MD of Rackspace UK said securing Oxfam's business was testament to the level of support it can provide for firms looking outsource the hassle of managing services running in the public cloud.
"Migrating to the cloud has many benefits, especially for organisations like Oxfam that like to keep an eye on costs so that its fundraising efforts have the biggest possible effect," he said.
"However, the cloud also brings challenges such as the in-depth planning needed to prepare for a migration, the complexity of architecting a public cloud solution and figuring out how it can meet the constant internal demand to reduce IT costs.
"We will work together with Oxfam to take on these tough tasks, offering them our expertise and support every step of the way."
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