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Salford City Council adopts Microsoft Azure to deliver hybrid cloud vision

Greater Manchester-based local authority, Salford City Council, is following up its foray into private cloud by adopting Microsoft Azure

Salford City Council has embarked on a move to embrace the hybrid cloud deployment model by signing up to use the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.

The council, which looks after the needs of the 220,000 or so residents living in the Greater Manchester area, said it plans to draw on Azure’s machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics capabilities to predict how demand for its services may change in the future.

Manchester-based IT service provider ANS Group has assisted the local authority with its public cloud move by creating a production-grade environment for the organisation.

The organisation has also assisted with migrating its customer-facing applications over to the Azure platform as a service (PaaS), and previously worked with the council to create an on-premise, private cloud deployment for it to use

Jon Burt, corporate infrastructure architect at Salford City Council, said ANS have effectively assisted the local authority with every step of its cloud journey to date.

“We aim to be forward thinking when it comes to our technology choices and vision, and we look for partners to match,” he said.

“We’ve worked with ANS for over five years and the team has a complete understanding of both our broad commercial objectives and the intricacies of our IT infrastructure.”

The hybrid cloud deployment should also aid the delivery of the managed services the council offers to third-party organisations in the area, including MediaCityUK’s northern technology hub, The Landing, it is claimed.

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Andy Barrow, CTO at ANS Group, said the project marks an important step in the maturation of Salford City Council’s cloud strategy.

“Salford City Council is a leader in its sector and remains ahead of the curve when it comes to providing digital services,” said Barrow.

“The capabilities provided by public cloud are crucial for any organisation looking to achieve more in today’s world, and in this instance the Microsoft Cloud was the right decision for the council. It’s future-proofed a number of important elements while delivering an improved user experience.”

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