The Euro Cup plays out on a Private Cloud

posted May 29, 2012, 3:14 PM by Bruce P. D'Sena   [ updated May 29, 2012, 3:23 PM ]
As the Euro 2012 Championships kick off in two weeks time, only an interested few will care that the smooth running of the tournaments rely on a Private Cloud.

According to The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) - the organizing body behind the Euro 2012, dozens of applications including Active Directory, Exchange, SAP and the website have been moved into a cloud hosted by UK provider Interoute. The transition commenced with the last football season in August, and implementation extended over six months. The system has been running seamlessly for the last nine months, handling the UEFA’s Champions League, Europa League and pre-Euro 2012 tournaments.

Although cost benefits are estimated at 10-15% savings, among the key benefits stressed by ICT leadership are the increased efficiency and overall scalability. More services can be offered at a time, and the organization is able to reallocate more capacity for bookings, payments and applications whenever the need arises. The ball doesn't stop there though - the Cloud and Virtualization are just part of the game. A well balanced ICT strategy overall, has stimulated an increased ability to innovate, improve planning, simulate demand scenarios in advance and help build better business relationships overall. 

Read the full story about the UEFA's success with the Private Cloud in this excellent case study by Mark Young on Cloud Circle.

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