UK charity Action for Children (AfC) has chosen Rackspace to formulate a hybrid-cloud environment which claims to improve data security, reduce complexity and bring a return on investment. AfC started to explore hosting environments in April 2012 and had fully migrated to Rackspace’s datacentre by October.
Darren Robertson, data scientist at AfC, says: “Now we have the website in a public cloud environment, can leave it there long term, and know that whichever development agency we use over the years, we can just add them to our hosting solution.”
In addition, by using Rackspace’s public cloud for the web front end, AfC can avoid a loss in working hours when a disruption occurs, such as a big news story or celebrity tweet which could cause a lot of interest in their site.
“The issue for us was that we would have to lift the whole website, move it to a dedicated server, which is really expensive, then leave it there for the time being. During this time there was also no ability to upload content onto the website either. When you usually have 80 people working on updating website content, who then can’t do their job for five days – that’s a lot of money lost. We wanted to have the ability to instantly spin up some extra instances off the website, and then only pay for exactly what we are using. Financially, this is going to be a great saving for us.”
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