Aberdeen City Council wanted a partner to help them realise their vision of a shared cloud service, enabling them to collaborate with other councils to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Following a tender on the Scottish Government Hosting Services Framework, Aberdeen City Council selected Brightsolid as its cloud partner of choice, due to their successful track record delivering solutions to public sector organisations in Scotland.
Brightsolid provided a Scottish-based, dedicated team to work hand-in-hand with Aberdeen City Council to support their journey to the cloud and to ensure their objectives were met. An ambitious, yet achievable timescale of 6 weeks was set, including migrating the entire IT estate to the Brightsolid Aberdeen Data Centre, as well as deploying flexible shared storage and associated disaster recovery for critical Council applications.
Connectivity was also of critical importance to Aberdeen City Council and a contributing factor to the partnership decision. The Brightsolid Aberdeen Data Centre offered the benefit of a geographic communications hub, providing unrivalled connectivity and cloud services to many of the Councils partners, suppliers and customers. The data centre also delivered high speed connectivity via dedicated dark fibre optic cables between the Council and Brightsolid. This reduced latency to a minimum whilst providing bandwidth for all current and future Council needs.
The project was a success, delivered on scope, on time, within budget and with no disruption to Council IT service. The Council now have the flexibility to employ a shared services approach to their IT delivery, allowing multiple councils to collaborate across infrastructure and key applications; helping meet the requirements set out in Scottish Government policies that advocate shared resources and collaborative working.
Sandra Massey, IT Manager at Aberdeen City Council said: “The two key success criteria for this program were moving to a secure private cloud to enable the sharing of infrastructure, and the associated direct reduction of costs.”
The Council also realised a number of other significant benefits. Internal resources were freed due to IT infrastructure management now being undertaken by brightsolid and storage requirements are now able to dynamically flex based on business need. Reliability was assured with over 99.99% service availability delivered and guaranteed. Initial cost savings for Aberdeen City Council were in the region of £250,000 per year – a fantastic result!