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Ministry of Defence taps up NetCompany to aid move from legacy private cloud

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The Ministry of Defence’s efforts to rationalise its datacentre estate and move more of its apps and data to the general public cloud continue apace

Caroline Donnelly

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Published: 06 Sep 2022 14: 00

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has moved nearly 50 more applications from the legacy private cloud environment to its MODCloud by using IT company NetCompany.

The MoDs Defence Digital department is in charge of providing the defence community with usage of certified and assured private and public cloud services from famous brands Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle through the MODCloud initiative.

The project is intended for enabling the MoD to rationalise its datacentre estate and modernise its applications by moving more of these to the general public cloud, that is a process it began in 2019.

To get the endeavor, the MoD published a blog in November 2020 stating its stance on storing defence data classified as official in the general public cloud, with the organisation stating that generally in most circumstances we are able to execute a better job of security in the cloud than we are able to do on-premise.

In accordance with Netcompany, it has assisted with the migration of 47 applications which are used by thousands of users to the MODCloud, by way of a programme of work that saw it collaborate with the MoD Core Enabling Services team.

An integral objective for the migration was to provide greater flexibility to control and engineer applications, enabling app owners to scale use, giving greater resilience and cyber security. It will deliver significant cost benefits to the taxpayer, the business said in a statement.

It has added a layer of operational and strategic agility that may not merely benefit the MoD on a day-to-day basis but allows it to scale easier in times of domestic or international crisis. Now the MoD is confident in its futureproofed capabilities and is way better able to meet up with the demands of citizens in addition to its military and their own families.

In a statement to Computer Weekly, a spokesperson for the MoD said the project will benefit a lot more than 330,000 users from over the defence community, while also providing them with greater resilience and cyber security.

The statement added: This migration is a great exemplory case of collaboration between all application owners, Army Digital Services, Defence Digitals MODCloud team, and our delivery partner, Netcompany make it possible for this outcome.

Richard Davies, UK country manager partner at Netcompany, said moving more of its applications and workloads to the general public cloud would benefit the MoD in many ways.

Given our extensive industry and domain knowledge, and also our strong background, we understand the challenges that the MoD encounters daily, and for that reason could actually help out with rapidly and successfully deploying their applications, said Davies.

Today it really is vitally important our military are as efficient, productive and innovative as you possibly can and moving to a public cloud infrastructure will deliver the flexibleness and agility they want, both now and in the foreseeable future.

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