Metering supplier Onstream moves legacy infrastructure to hosted private cloud

Gas and electricity metering supplier Onstream is transforming its IT infrastructure by moving its legacy infrastructure into a Microsoft-based private cloud.

Gas and electricity metering supplier Onstream is transforming its IT infrastructure by moving its legacy infrastructure into a Microsoft-based private cloud.

In preparation for the UK's smart meter roll-out, which will have a direct impact on Onstream's workload, the company has opted for a private cloud built and hosted by Indian supplier Wipro.

Smart meters will change the way UK energy bills are calculated by sending information to utility companies via a central data-processing centre. Onstream is preparing for an expected increase in workload by putting its core applications in a cloud.

"With the commencement of a smart metering roll-out in the UK and the need for a flexible dual fuel smart metering offering, Onstream embarked on a transformational programme through 2010 and into 2011, designed to improve service quality, improve business efficiencies and deliver a step-change in customer experience which would be at par or better than offered by home-visit operations in other sectors." said Declan McLaughlin, head of transformation at Onstream.

Wipro has been experimenting with the cloud in its own business to see how it can change its outsourcing business. Wipro carried out a cloud computing experiment last year to see the potential cloud computing has in changing the way the outsourcing industry works.

Wipro's cloud pilot found it took just 36 minutes to set up a network for a project, rather than the 43 days it took to establish a network without cloud resources. Five hundred employees were linked up to centralised servers holding software they could all access.

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