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Wolverhampton goes beyond expectations with swift cloud move

David Bicknell Published 28 September 2017

Council enlists help from SME PowerON to help realise cloud migration ambitions together with swift Windows 10 desktop refresh


City of Wolverhampton Council has made a swifter move into the cloud than it expected, beefing up its adoption of Microsoft System Center with the help of York-based SME PowerON.

The council wanted to automate more IT tools and enable pro-active monitoring of hardware, and streamline software distribution. It already had a Microsoft base in place and had invested in System Center, but wanted to get more out of the systems management product suite while adopting the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud model.

It sought help from PowerON to adopting a bespoke Cloud Management Appliance (CMA) as well as incorporating an operations management suite for cloud backup, disaster recovery and log analytics and an enterprise mobility suite for hybrid management of mobile devices.

The adoption ultimately took two weeks, a considerable improvement on the 90 days that the council had estimated it might take. It was then able to roll out Windows 10 faster than any other previous desktop refresh in the council’s history. 

Paul Dunlavey, City of Wolverhampton Council’s enterprise manager said the help it had received made the adoption of the cloud an easy process and the speed it took to build the infrastructure, which had been a barrier to adoption previously, resulted in major cost savings against its initial forecast of how long it would take do in-house.

“Another benefit is the size reduction of both our primary and secondary datacentres which has generated both office space and further savings.  Importantly, it has also paved the way for the council to migrate larger systems to the cloud and within two years the aim is to have all primary business applications running from the cloud.”

The project’s successful adoption helped City of Wolverhampton Council gain a “Local Authority of the Year” award.  PowerON says it is now replicating its solution at other local authorities including ones in Suffolk, Hounslow, Barnsley and Wirral. 

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